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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Pacific Circle

What is the Pacific Circle?

The Pacific Circle is a dynamic group of donors who provide leadership level gifts in support of the Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs. Pacific Circle donors provide vital funds that bolster the Aquarium’s mission and goals. In appreciation of this generous commitment, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers exclusive benefits to Pacific Circle members.

What are the requirements to become a Pacific Circle member and what are my obligations as a member?

Pacific Circle members contribute annually to the Aquarium with tax-deductible gifts of $1,500 ($1,000 for persons age 40 or younger) or more. Members enjoy benefits for one calendar year from their gift date. Pacific Circle membership is renewed at the member’s discretion.

Is my information private?

Absolutely. Your information is not shared with any other organization or institution and is used solely for purposes pertaining to your membership and contributions. The Aquarium will never sell or distribute your personal information.

What are the benefits to being a Pacific Circle member?

Pacific Circle members receive a variety of benefits including free parking, unlimited admission for members and two accompanying guests, personal handling of VIP services through the Major Gifts staff, and more! Click here to see a complete listing of benefits at each level.

Can I opt out of receiving certain information and mailings?

Yes. Members who do not wish to receive certain communications materials, or those who wish to go “green” and receive most communications via email can call Pacific Circle Coordinator, Alina Nakano, at (562) 951-5387, or email at Members can also sign up for the Aquarium’s online community and modify their mail preferences online.

Does the Pacific Circle have someone to contact directly for questions or needs?

Individuals with questions, comments, or concerns are welcome to contact Pacific Circle Coordinator, Alina Nakano, at (562) 951-5387, or email at

Are there different payment options?

Pacific Circle members can choose to make their gifts via check, credit card, or gifts of stock. Quarterly payment options are available and can be specified when members join or renew their membership.