The Exploration Fund supports research and researchers at Lowell Observatory in perpetuity. Astronomical research is expensive, and government funding for science research is in short supply due to federal budget cuts. We welcome new gifts to the Exploration Fund through current donations or a designation in your will, trust, life insurance, or other estate planning vehicle.
Lowell Observatory’s Mars Hill campus is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and an Arizona Treasure, and was named one of “The World’s Most Important Places” by Time Magazine. The Mars Hill Fund is a permanent endowment that supports the enhancement, maintenance, and repair of the facilities and campus on Mars Hill and the preservation of our archival collections.
When Percival Lowell died in 1916, he set aside funds from his estate to help support the Observatory’s operating expenses. His gift set the Observatory on a path of financial sustainability for many decades. In these times of reduced government grants for science, an estate gift to Lowell is just as important as it was then. In 2002, we created the Percival Lowell Society to recognize individuals who create gifts to Lowell Observatory through their wills, trusts, and other estate planning vehicles. By including Lowell in your plans, you are supporting our next 100 years of astronomical exploration, education, and outreach. Your gift ensures that a new generation of astronomers can change the way we see our Universe.