The Colton Circle

Continuing the founders’ vision

The Colton Circle is an exclusive giving society whose supporters make the Museum of Northern Arizona a priority in their philanthropy through generous annual giving. These supporters are proudly recognized for securing our mission and sustaining our programs, collections, and research. They are honored and celebrated through exclusive programs and events designed to advance their knowledge and appreciation of the Colorado Plateau.

You can become a Colton Circle member with a donation or membership purchase of $1,000 or more annually.

Benefits of being a Colton Circle members include, but are not limited to…

  • All the Benefits of Black Mesa membership, plus more
  • VIP invitation to Colton Circle events, opening receptions, gallery talks, lectures, and programs
  • Annual recognition on a museum display, as well as in both MNA annual publications, Museum Notes and Plateau
  • Invitation to annual dinners hosted by the MNA Director and MNA Board Chair

Annual tax deductibility for all Colton Circle gifts is based on the fair market value of the tangible benefits received and is subject to change. Individual donors have the option to opt out of benefits in order to receive 100% tax deductibility for their gift(s).

For more information or if you have any questions about joining the Colton Circle, please contact the Development office at 928-774-5213 ext. 227 or click here to email us.

Colton Circle Levels and Benefits

Colton Circle Fellow

$1,000 – $2,499

  • VIP invitation to Colton Circle events – e.g. opening receptions, gallery talks, lectures
  • First access to purchase Ventures trips and special event tickets (as offered, limited availability)
  • Annual recognition on donor wall of honor and recognition in both MNA publications (Plateau Magazine and Museum Notes)


Colton Circle Patron

$2,500 – $4,999

  • All of the Colton Circle Member membership benefits plus…
  • Free admission for two named members to permanent and special exhibitions, including ANY accompanied guests


Colton Circle Director

$5,000 – $9,999

  • All of the Colton Circle Patron membership benefits plus…
  • Invitation to annual ‘Director’s Dinner’ hosted by MNA Director
  • One private, curator-led tour of a special exhibition for up to six guests


Colton Circle Advocate

 $10,000 – $24,999

  • All of the Colton Circle Director membership benefits plus…
  • Invitation to join researchers in the field


Colton Circle Benefactor


  • All of the Colton Circle Advocate benefits plus…
  • Invitation to annual ‘Chairman’s Dinner’ hosted by the board chair
  • Highest level of recognition of the Colton Circle