Lowell Observatory Support Fund
The Lowell Observatory Support Fund receives all gifts to the Foundation that are donated without restrictions. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees has full discretion over the use and distribution of these funds to assist in fulfilling the mission of Lowell Observatory. Both the corpus and earnings from the Lowell Observatory Support Fund are available at the discretion of the Board for distribution to the Observatory for purposes determined to be worthy and appropriate. (The Lowell Observatory Support Fund is not an endowed fund.)
Lowell Observatory Endowment Fund
The Lowell Observatory Endowment Fund receives all gifts provided to the Foundation that have no donor restrictions on their purpose but have endowment restrictions imposed by the donor. Subject to the Spending Policy of the Foundation, distributions from the income from the Lowell Observatory Endowment Fund will be available for any and all uses consistent with the mission of Lowell Observatory, including ongoing operating expenses. The corpus of this fund will never be spent.
The Lowell Observatory Foundation manages the following named endowed funds and welcomes contributions to any of them.
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.
Giovale Endowed Fund for Astronomical Research
The Giovale Endowed Fund for Astronomical Research supports astronomical research as carried out by Lowell Observatory astronomers.
Historic Preservation Fund
The Historic Preservation Fund supports the preservation of Lowell Observatory’s rich collection of historic papers, correspondence, research materials, and instruments through the efforts of the Putnam Collection Center staff and volunteers. Michael and Karen Kitt, longtime archives volunteers and supporters, provided the initial contribution to this fund in 2018.
The Inspiration Fund supports Lowell Observatory’s commitment to sharing astronomical discoveries with the public. The fund will support the Observatory’s popular daytime and nighttime astronomy programs, for children and adults, in perpetuity. Lowell’s public education programs include telescope viewing of the sun during the day and of planets, star clusters, galaxies, and more after dark. The Inspiration Fund will also support STEM* camps for children, science exhibits, historic Mars Hill tours, and virtual exhibits and experiences.
The Instrumentation Fund of the Lowell Observatory Foundation supports the acquisition, development, maintenance of and access to technologies, instruments, and telescopes located within the Observatory’s facilities or elsewhere. Such support includes any infrastructure needed for safe and effective operation of that equipment and technology.
Mars Hill Fund
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. We welcome new gifts to the Mars Hill Fund through current donations or a designation in your will, trust, life insurance, or other gift planning vehicle.
Marcus Cometary Research Fund
The Marcus Cometary Research Fund is a restricted endowed fund established to support research on comets in the context of the rich comet history at Lowell Observatory. The Fund provides small-scale enhancements for primary and alternative activities including, but not limited to, observation, data reduction, analysis, modeling, software and equipment development and purchase, manuscript production, publication, amateur-professional collaboration, travel, colloquia, and a semi-annual comet lectureship.
Native American Astronomy Outreach Fund
Since 1996, Lowell’s Navajo-Hopi Astronomy Outreach Program has connected Native American students with astronomers to inspire youth from area reservations. As this award-winning enrichment program expands to other Native American communities, the Native American Astronomy Outreach Fund will connect hands-on STEM* curricula with traditional Native American astronomy to inspire these underserved students to imagine themselves as scientists.
Edith Waddell Fund
The Edith Waddell Fund is a permanent endowment that supports summer internship opportunities for students or recent graduates in support of the education and public outreach programs at Lowell Observatory. We welcome new gifts to the Edith Waddell Fund through current donations or a designation in your will, trust, life insurance, or other gift planning vehicle.
Young Scholars Fund
The Young Scholars Fund was created to support internships, undergraduate and graduate student research projects, and pre and post doctoral fellowships that are non-tenured or are not permanently salaried positions. “Young Scholars” may also include a talented mature individual approaching scientific studies later in their career.
Don’t see an endowed fund that suits your unique interests? Contact us to discuss creating your own named fund to benefit the mission of Lowell Observatory.
Endow a Chair in Astronomical Exploration
Your endowed chair at Lowell Observatory will support astronomical exploration in a broad field of study. Your name will be forever associated with an astronomer at Lowell Observatory who is exploring planetary, galactic, or stellar astronomy. Your endowed chair will fund the salary of a premier astronomer plus his or her travel and publication expenses. Contact us to discuss funding an endowed chair at Lowell Observatory.
Endow Astronomy Education and Outreach
Your gift will ensure Lowell Observatory’s highly-rated astronomy education programs enlighten children and adults in perpetuity. These award-winning programs include summer camps for children, STEM education for Navajo and Hopi students, mind-stretching exhibits, Mars Hill tours, and telescope viewing for the public. Contact us to discuss how your support can stretch the imaginations of visitors of all ages for the next 100 years.
*STEM = Science Technology Engineering and Math