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Support the Mechanics' Institute

Photo of the library entranceSince the days of the Gold Rush, the Mechanics' Institute has supported the artistic and educational needs of the Bay Area. Literary giants such as Gertrude Stein, John Muir, and Jack London to industrial pioneers like Andrew Smith Hallidie and Domingo Ghiradelli to chess masters like Emanuel Lasker to people just like you have all called MI home. Open to all since our founding, the Mechanics' Institute remains integral to San Francisco's cultural and social future.

New books are waiting to be added to our shelves to inspire readers. More scholars and authors are being scheduled to visit and share their thinking on subjects relevant to you. Children are eagerly anticipating the annual scholastic chess tournament and their weekly chess classes. Your support of the Mechanics' Institute helps us be a leading cultural center that connects people with knowledge, creativity, and one another.

Donations to the Mechanics' support our programs and services, including free chess classes for 500 children each week, 3,000 new items added to the library collection each year, and over 70 annual speaker and film events. Gifts also help us maintain our landmark building.

There are many ways for you to make an impact on the Mechanics'. We need your help. Thank you in advance for helping us to ensure the Mechanics' will be here for future generations!


Annual Fund

Support the ongoing operations of the Institute with a donation toward our annual fund.

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Corporate and Foundation Giving

Become a corporate or foundation partner today. Our institutional partners demonstrate their leadership and philanthropy in the community.

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James Lick Legacy Society

Help ensure the Mechanics' future and become a member of our James Lick Legacy Society by including us in your estate plans.

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Special Projects

The Mechanics' offers several opportunities to designate your gift to a specific program or project.

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Feel free to email [email protected] or call 415-393-0105 for more information about donating.

Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Tax ID is 94-1254644.


Use the below form to donate securely using your credit card, or mail donation checks to: 
Mechanics' Institute 
Attn: Development 
PO Box 577 
San Francisco, CA 94104-0577

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