SCI Foundation’s overall giving program is named the Society of the Lion & Shield with the levels of giving based on animal names. The giving program works on a cumulative basis as you move up the levels over time and there are many levels and ways to donate as every dollar helps to fund our mission and sustain our organization.  Recognition comes from benefit gifts and acknowledgements.


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In order to better acknowledge and recognize the increased generosity of our donors, SCI Foundation has added three new levels to the Society of the Lion & Shield donor recognition program.

Diamond African Lion Level

Emerald African Lion Level
($500,000 – $999,999)

Ruby African Lion Level
($250,000 – $499,999)


African Lion Level: $100,000 + and up

  • Name in Annual Report
  • SCIF Donor Certificate
  • SCIF Gold Lion and Shield Pin
  • Hickey Freeman Blazer with SCI Foundation logo patch
  • Gold Lioness Pendant by Madeleine Kay

Elephant Level: $50,000 – $99,999

  • Name in Annual Report
  • SCIF Donor Certificate
  • SCIF Gold Lion and Shield Pin
  • Boyt Harness Duffel Bag w/SCI Foundation Logo

Rhino Level: $25,000 – $49,999

  • Name in Annual Report
  • SCIF Donor Certificate
  • SCIF Silver Lion and Shield Pin

Leopard Level: $10,000 – $24,999

  • Name in Annual Report
  • SCIF Donor Certificate
  • SCIF Bronze Lion and Shield Pin

Cape Buffalo Level: $5,000 – $9,999

  • Name in Annual Report
  • SCIF Donor Certificate

All donors will receive a signed SCI Foundation charitable gift receipt for tax-deductible purposes.

  • Pledges to SCI Foundation will be recognized at the pledged level, and recognition benefits for the pledged level will be awarded—as long as pledge payments remain current. If pledge payments lapse for any reason, recognition will stay at the amounts paid to date. Pledges can be made up to a 5-year period.
  • Cumulative giving is tracked by the SCI Foundation development department. The starting date is August 2010 and once a new Society of the Lion & Shield Animal Giving Level has been reached, a letter will be sent sharing the new recognition level.
  • Only operational and restricted gifts to the Foundation will count towards recognition levels.  SCIPAC donations, raffles, sweepstakes, and auction purchases do not apply.

Interested in learning more about SCI Foundation’s Society of the Lion & Shield Program?  Download the Lion & Shield brochure and donation form below or contact Kimberly Byers at or call (520) 798-4891.

Since 2000, SCI Foundation has provided more than $80 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. Growth of SCI Foundation has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. Throughout the world, SCI’s approximately 50,000 members and 190 chapters contribute time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international projects.


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