Put Your Name on a Concrete Block!

The nonprofit Fresno Aquarium needs your generous support today!

Donors just like you are contributing to our From the Ground Up capital campaign to raise funds to build our very first Aquarium building on our donated property that will greatly expand our exciting current educational and public outreach programs.

Please note: Block donations go straight into our Building Fund and are separate from Charter Memberships to Aquarius Aquarium Institute (see below), Naming Rights, Exhibit Sponsorships, and other giving options.

Concrete Block

  • Your name, your family's name or your company's name will appear immediately on our website's
    Capital Campaign Contributors list.
  • Your own From the Ground Up certificate will be mailed to your home or office to commemorate your contribution.
  • Your name or names will appear on a permanent wall display to be installed at the entrance to the Fresno Aquarium’s very first building with name positioning commensurate with giving level.

Please select your block size on the form below (select your quantity at check-out), then enter your name or names exactly as they should appear on your certificate, on our website and on the future wall display.

To donate a block or blocks commemorating a Special Occasion, in Honor or in Memory of someone, enter their name or names and any other wording in the Name(s) field below. When completed, click DONATE.


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From the Ground Up - Now that donations from people like you have enabled us to begin construction activities on our 10-acre property along Highway 99, you, your family and your company can now become part of the physical building that will be used to house the grow-out aquariums, life support systems, lab and quarantine tanks for the entire Phase One Fresno Aquarium.

You'll be able to enjoy the Fresno Aquarium Aquaculture Building as a stand-alone, usable Aquarium facility while funds are raised to continue construction of the expansion areas above it.

We are now selling 5,100 concrete blocks needed to build the Aquaculture Building at $100, $200, $250 and $500 each. See the form above.

Let’s roll up our sleeves, put on our hard hats and keep construction moving forward!

You make all the difference.

If you would like to find out how you can host a "Block Party" in your home, click here.

Campaign Leadership levels include $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 multi-block donors as well as higher CIRCLE OF INVESTORS levels from $25,000 - $100,000+. Every block with a name on it is helping continue construction on the nonprofit Institute's property along the San Joaquin River adjacent to Highway 99. Generous multiple block donors will help build the Fresno Aquarium faster!

Donate using the convenient & secure PayPal form above or save our nonprofit from having to pay credit care processing fees by simply mailing your check payable to Fresno Aquarium (write From the Ground Up on your memo line) to:

Aquarius Aquarium Institute
5541 Columbia Drive North
Fresno, CA 93727

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Aquarius Aquarium Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity supported by grants and contributions from individuals, corporate sponsorships, charitable foundations, trusts and government sources. For information on exhibit sponsorships and planned estate giving, please click here.

To make a secure donation or become an Annual Charter Member with your VISA or MasterCard click on the donate button below your desired level and you will be taken to our PayPal page.

Please Note: A PayPal account is not required to donate. If you have any trouble, we are always happy to accept your donation by phone: (559) 490-3474

Friends of the Fresno Aquarium

(direct donations other than Memberships)
Donations in any amount to the building fund or other Donor-directed purpose for the Fresno Aquarium project are greatly appreciated and are fully tax deductible since no benefits are offered in exchange. For Honorary or Memorial Gifts, please include name or names in Special Instructions found on second page after entering your payment information.

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Friends of the Fresno Aquarium are listed here.

Charter Members

Starting at only $100 per year for an entire household ($25 for a Single Student), Aquarius Aquarium institute Charter Members sustain the ongoing operations and current educational programs of the Institute. Memberships are separate from Block Donations. Join us today and be a part of the exciting grassroots movement to build the Fresno Aquarium!

Annual Charter Member Giving Levels

All levels listed below (except Single Student) are family memberships and include adult(s) and children sharing the same address. For gift memberships, please include name or names in Special Instructions found on second page after entering your payment information.

Annual Charter Member Dinner

To see Annual Charter Member definition & benefits by giving level click here. Higher level donors and in-kind contributors enjoy even more benefits and privileges.

$25 - Single Student (w/ valid school i.d.)


$100 Member Level


$250 Donor Level
(includes 2 fully-transferrable guest invitations)


$500 Contributor Level
(includes 4 fully-transferrable guest invitations)


$1000 Patron Level
(includes 8 fully-transferrable guest invitations)

To save our nonprofit organization from having to pay credit card transaction fees, you may also mail a check for your Charter Membership or any donation directly to us at:

Aquarius Aquarium Institute
5541 Columbia Drive North
Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 490-FISH (3474)