Membership

Membership in the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) allows you to participate in the ongoing development of ideas inspired by one of the 20th-century’s most influential designers and futurists, R. Buckminster Fuller. As a member of BFI, you will receive invitations, discounts, and special access to additional programming activities.

All membership fees are tax-deductible donations to the BFI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The BFI offers membership at different levels, each with a variety of benefits and opportunities, including:

Buckminsterfullerene Necklace (the window for receiving this necklace by March has closed. If you become a Dymaxion member now, you will receive your gift before the end of the year)


This elegant piece of jewelry is a model of Carbon 60 - also known as the buckminsterfullerene - one of the strongest and most symmetrical molecules ever discovered. The discovery of the C60 molecule not only won the Nobel prize, but it also made possible the field of nanotechnology.The identification of C60’s geometry was inspired by the geodesic dome at the 1967 World Expo in Montreal. For more about the influence of Fuller’s architecture on the discovery of the buckminsterfullerene, see Sir Harry Kroto’s An Arts Project Uncovering an Important Scientific Advance.

**Dimensions: 1 inch steel sphere on 30 inch silver chain**





BASIC LEVEL: $75/YR ($40/YR FOR STUDENTS/ACADEMICS)

  • Invitations to member-only events and receptions
  • 10% Discount on purchases from BFI’s store
  • 10% Discount on entry to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge
  • Special offers from our partner network
  • All this for what amounts to $6.25/month ($3.50/month for students and academics)

DYMAXION LEVEL: $150/YR

  • Benefits of Basic Level membership
  • Buckminsterfullerene necklace (***the window for receiving this necklace by March has closed. If you become a Dymaxion member now, you will receive your gift before the end of the year)
  • Advanced notification of events and access to premier seating
  • 10% Discount on educational programs, both on-line and in person
  • Special offers from our partner network
  • All this for what amounts to $12.50 a month

SYNERGY LEVEL: $500/YR

  • Benefits of above membership levels
  • 2 Buckminsterfullerene necklaces (***the window for receiving this necklace by March has closed. If you become a Dymaxion member now, you will receive your gift before the end of the year)
  • Store discount of 20%
  • Access for 2 guests to event premier seating
  • All this for what amounts to less than $42 a month

PATRON LEVEL: $1000/YR

  • Benefits of the above membership levels
  • 3 Buckminsterfullerene necklaces (***the window for receiving this necklace by March has closed. If you become a Dymaxion member now, you will receive your gift before the end of the year)
  • Store discount of 25%
  • Recognition on our website and print materials
  • All this for what amounts to less than $84 a month

PARTNER LEVEL: $2500/YR

  • Benefits of above membership levels
  • 4 Buckminsterfullerene necklaces(***the window for receiving this necklace by March has closed. If you become a Dymaxion member now, you will receive your gift before the end of the year)
  • Recognition in special section for partner members, including your logo or other visual icon on our website and print materials (per request)
  • All this for what amounts to less than $210 a month

**Store discounts exclude limited edition print portfolio**

Welcome to BFI

Thank you and welcome the Buckminster Fuller Institute!

We would like you to know how much your membership means to us. Because of you, we can deliver exceptional programs that make a real difference in the lives of participants and individuals across the world. We are very grateful for your support and participation in our growing global community!