The Paper Discovery Center receives no government funding but is self-sustaining through revenue generated by entrance fees, class fees, special programming and our generous donors; individuals, foundations, paper companies and other businesses. Revenue and donations fund new and traveling exhibits, offset field trip costs, allow for expansion of educational programming and support our operating expenses.

Donor Recognition

All gifts are recognized in a number of ways including our Annual Report and listing on the Donor Wall. Requests to remain anonymous are honored.

Target Your Gift

Your support is key to our ability to remain a leader in STEM programming. Gifts may be directed to number of notable initiatives central to our work. Your contribution of any size makes a difference to ensuring a vibrant future for the Paper Discovery Center and Paper International Hall of Fame.

Why Give?

Everyone deserves opportunities to learn about science and technology. Science and technology are essential to cultivating curiosity in students of all ages. The Paper Discovery Center is committed to supporting resources that enable students, families and adults to engage with science and technology in creative ways that resonate with all learners.

Capital Campaign


Building Upon A Strong Foundation

The Paper Discovery Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame have embarked on a Capital Campaign to raise $1.5 million in its effort to assure the future viability for the Paper International Hall of Fame and the Paper Discovery Center.

The Boldt Company, one of the largest construction services firms in the United States based in Appleton, Wisconsin donated the generous lead gift of $250,000.

The generosity of our donors has enabled us to be at nearly two-thirds of our $1.5 million dollar goal. These generous donations enable us to focus on expanding our outreach and impact of STEM education by adding new exhibits, securing outstanding traveling exhibits, presenting quality speakers on today's relevant topics and expanding our programming for those interested in discovering new skills, interests and a desire to see the world in a variety of perspectives. Of course, our greatest commitment is to expose and engage school children, to introduce and excite them about science and technology and encourage them in future career paths.

Our vision is to be the educational resource with regional and national status. The Paper Discovery Center receives 10,000 visitors per year and is recognized regionally as the leader in STEM education outside the classroom, inspiring children to take STEM subjects in school and explore STEM based careers.


$250,000 + Leadership
$100,000 + Visionary
$75,000 + Diamond
$50,000 + Gold
$25,000 + Silver
$15,000 + Bronze

The Paper Discovery Center and Paper Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges the following Capital Campaign gifts:

The Boldt Company

Harold and Doris Miller
Harry and Bonnie Spiegelberg

O.C. and Pat Boldt
Green Bay Packaging
Nichols Paper Products Company
John and Mary Sensenbrenner
Ivan and Mary Schrodt

CR Meyer
Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation ( KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation)

Robert and Laura Abernathy
Great Northern Corporation

Doug & Carla Salmon Foundation
Neenah Paper, Inc.
Central National Gottesman

The Board of Directors and other close friends pledged an additional $60,000.

For more information on donating to the Capital Campaign, please contact
Maria Costello at or call 920.380.7491.

Annual Support

Inspiring All Generations...

Annual gifts provide support where it is most needed and are the financial foundation for our museum and educational programs. Your gifts help every aspect of the museum’s programs, exhibits and operations and bridge the gap between admission fees, museum store sales, special event revenues and the actual cost of running the museum and its programs. Our everyday activities include our outstanding field trip program. Our interactive exhibits and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational programs stimulate curiosity, motivate learning and inspire young people to take STEM subjects in high school and seek STEM careers.

Please support our vision to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in STEM. Every gift, no matter what size, is important to us and help to maintain our facility and deliver outstanding programs.

Help support our vision!


Sponsorships play a vital role in the continuing development of the museum, its exhibits, programs and events. We offer a valuable marketing opportunity for any organization and tailor our programs to meet your specific goals.

Examples of sponsorship opportunities:

  • Public programs such as Eagle Day, Pi-Einstein Day and Nano Days
  • New exhibits
  • Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and events
  • Field trip busing and entrance fees for students who are unable to afford these costs
  • New educational programs geared to kindergartners to adults

For more information about PDC Sponsorships, please contact Maria Costello at: or call 920-380-7491.

Matching Gifts

If your employer has a matching gift program, let us know. Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!




Leave a Legacy...

By establishing an endowment, you provide a permanent resource that PDC can use to help fund its mission. At the same time, you are making an intelligent financial decision that offers an opportunity to establish a meaningful legacy in your name or in recognition of any individual you wish to honor. There are various opportunities to endow an exhibit or program that may be important to you.

Once established, an endowed fund is a dependable and perpetual source of support, since the principal is invested and only a portion of the earnings is spent annually. A minimum gift of $25,000 is needed to establish an endowment.

For more information about PDC Endowments, please contact Maria Costello at: or call 920-380-7491.

Learn more about establishing an endowment.

Planned Gifts


Please consider a gift through your estate.

Such gifts are a critical source of funding for the PDC and your estate may receive a tax benefit as a result. There are several ways to make gifts in your will. You can leave a percentage of your estate, a dollar amount, a specific asset or the residue of your estate after other bequests are made. Remembering the PDC in your will or bequest is a meaningful way to leave a lasting legacy.
Please consult your attorney for the preparation of your will.

Tribute Gifts


Gifts in honor of or in memory of...

The memory of a family member, friend or colleague is a meaningful way to pay tribute to that loved one. A notification of your gift, without disclosing the amount, will be sent to the individual you are honoring or the family of the individual you are remembering.

For more information about PDC Tribute Gifts, please contact Maria Costello at: or call 920-380-7491.

Learn more about establishing a tribute gift.



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Paper Discovery Center
425 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911


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