Donate to the Carousel

The Balboa Park Carousel needs your help and support. Your gift, of any size, will help Friends of Balboa Park raise the $3 million needed to complete the purchase, make needed repairs, and preserve and restore the Carousel.

When you donate, you join a growing group of supporters that includes folks from all over the city and county, foundations, clubs and community organizations, as well as visitors to San Diego. Donor groups are also encouraged and welcome.

Balboa Park Carousel Donations

Sponsorship & Naming Opportunities

Click here for information about sponsorship and naming opportunities for major donations to the Balboa Park Carousel (15,000+).

Online Donations

Donations between $5,000 and $14,999 will be recognized with a donor recognition plaque on one of the Carousel benches.

If you are unable to donate the sum you would like all at once, please consider a pledge, which can be paid in monthly installments for up to a two-year period.

To make your pledge today or for more information about donating to the Balboa Park Carousel, please contact Carousel Capital Campaign Committee Chair Ann Wilson at campaign[at]

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Coins for the Carousel

“Coins for the Carousel” Banks

To encourage the participation of children in our fundraising efforts, we have created our “Coins for the Carousel” campaign. Children are invited to fill a bank with coins and paper bills to donate to the Carousel. Once it is full of money, they bring the bank to the Carousel ticket booth and exchange it for 10 free tickets to ride the Carousel!

These banks represent a wonderful opportunity for groups of young people to raise funds for the Carousel and receive free tickets to ride in exchange. We are thrilled when we receive requests from Girl Scout troops, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, neighborhood school groups, etc.

If you would like banks mailed to you, please email Carousel Capital Campaign Committee Chair Ann Wilson at campaign[at] with your name and address and requested number of banks. Banks may also be picked up at the Carousel ticket booth.

Like a well-loved and special teddy bear, our Carousel is showing signs of just how much it’s been loved and ridden during its 95 years in Balboa Park. Although the Carousel has been well-maintained by its prior owners, it is time for some major repair and preservation work as well as development of the surrounding site. In addition, Friends of Balboa Park needs to raise the remaining $1 million over the next 18 months to complete our purchase of the Carousel. Won’t you help us, in any way you can, to preserve, maintain and enhance this beloved piece of the park’s heritage for future generations to enjoy?