Request a Donation

Thank you for your interest in the National Aviary. The National Aviary is proud to be part of Pittsburgh's Northside and we enjoy opportunities to partner with our community. We welcome other nonprofits to request donations in support of their causes. We like to align with worthwhile organizations that are making the world a better place!

Donation Policy

Before applying for a donated item, please review our eligibility requirements.

Each year, the National Aviary receives thousands of requests for donations. As you may expect, it is very difficult to honor every request. As a nonprofit organization that depends on earned revenue from admissions and membership, it is necessary to limit the number of complimentary items that we distribute.

The National Aviary Philanthropy Department evaluates all requests weekly. Please make your request at least 4 weeks in advance of your event.

After submitting your request, you will be notified of its status one month before the date of your event. 

The following guidelines should help determine if your organization is eligible for complimentary passes.

Eligibility Requirements

Only registered nonprofit organizations or Northside businesses requesting complimentary items for fundraising events will be considered.

The following groups are NOT eligible to receive complimentary pass donations:

  • Individuals or families not fundraising for a registered nonprofit
  • For-profit businesses
  • Schools for field trip admissions
  • Organizations planning to use tickets to reduce total group admission amounts. If you have a group of 15 or more, you may qualify to receive special reduced pricing. To set up a group visit, please contact our group sales coordinator at 412-258-9463.
  • Political parties or politically-aligned organizations

If you meet eligibilty requirements, please note that it is necessary for the National Aviary to limit the number of complimentary items that we distribute each year, and your request carries no guarantee of approval. 

Other Free or Reduced Admission Options

Organizations looking for free or reduced admissions may want to consider the following:

Every year, the National Aviary participates in RADical Days and offers free admission for a day specified by The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD). Click here or call the Allegheny County Regional Asset District at 412-227-1900 to find out what day that is.

How to Apply

Nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for tickets should apply online here.

Phone calls or written letters requesting complimentary passes will not be accepted and you must apply online via the donation request web link. If you have a general question about our policy, please email, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Approval/denial of your request does not imply endorsement/opposition of your organization.