The four categories of Foundation endowments. Links to all of our endowed funds are below.
Science Research & Exploration
More than 125 years ago, Lowell Observatory was established as a leading independent research facility. These endowments preserve that legacy by ensuring funding in perpetuity for researchers and their research, instrumentation, and specific astronomical studies.
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STEM Education & Community Outreach
Percival Lowell encouraged all his researchers to share their findings with the world. After all, what good is keeping it to yourself? Lowell Observatory furthers Percival’s legacy, offering education and outreach programs as an essential extension of its research. Observatory public programming, kids’ camps, and the Native American Astronomy Outreach Program benefit from these endowments in addition to providing internship opportunities and student research funding.
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Mars Hill Campus & Facilities
Lowell Observatory’s campus is an eclectic mix of historical buildings and archives, state-of-the-art domes and observation equipment, and natural wilderness. Endowments in this area take care of the daily maintenance and preservation of Lowell’s National Historic Landmarks and extensive historical and astronomical archives as well as new and exciting public-use additions like the Giovale Open Deck Observatory and the upcoming Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center.
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Funds with Few Restrictions
Many donors are interested in giving to a fund that provides for “immediate” or “best and highest use” situations. The Lowell Observatory Foundation has three options – one fully endowed – that allow for a flexible use of gifts by either the observatory director (with approval by the advisory board) or the Foundation trustees.
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