Carousel Sponsorship & Donations

Carousel Sponsorship & Donations

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. Donations of all sizes, big and small, are critical to helping us keep the Carousel in tip-top shape. Donor groups are also encouraged and welcome.

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 to take place. In addition, Friends of Balboa Park needs to raise the remaining $1 million to complete our purchase of the Carousel.

Won’t you help us, in any way you can, to preserve, maintain and enhance our beloved Carousel for future generations to enjoy?

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. What we call philanthropy rewarded with fun! 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 info[at] with your name and address and requested number of banks. Banks may also be picked up at the Carousel ticket booth.

Friends of Balboa Park is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) charitable organization (Tax ID 33-0849518) and all donations are acknowledged.


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We appreciate all donations, but please note that donations received online via debit and credit cards incur bank fees so less of your donation goes toward your desired program. For more information on how to donate by check, please call (619) 232-2282. Thank you for your consideration!