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Support Scientific Research

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Astronomical Exploration

As an independent research facility, Lowell Observatory can leverage private donations for the greatest impact on astronomical discovery.

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Slipher Society

Jump-start astronomical research with annual investments that fill critical gaps between research grants and other formal funding sources.

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Endowed Research & Exploration Funds

Ensure funding in perpetuity for researchers and their research, instrumentation, and specific astronomical studies via the Lowell Observatory Foundation.

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Support Education and Outreach

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Native American Astronomy Outreach

Astronomers and educators from Lowell Observatory partner with classrooms in Native American communities in northern Arizona each school year.

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Lowell Observatory Camps for Kids

Ignite a child’s love of science with STEM camp activities that develop children’s observational skills and foster their ability to think critically.

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Endowed Education & Outreach Funds

Ensure funding in perpetuity for STEM education and community outreach from Mars Hill to schools in native lands via the Lowell Observatory Foundation.

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Support Capital Projects

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Astronomy Discovery Center

Opening by 2024, the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center at Lowell Observatory will be a place where curious visitors come to be awed by the cosmos and learn about astronomy.

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ADC Endowment Fund

Enable in perpetuity the ongoing operation, maintenance, and upgrades of the Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center via the Lowell Observatory Foundation.

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GODO Endowment Fund

Assure in perpetuity the ongoing care and maintenance of the Giovale Open Deck Observatory structures, telescopes, and exhibits via the Lowell Observatory Foundation.

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Support Historic Preservation

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Archive Digitization

Preserve the rich history of Mars Hill through the digitization of archival records to make them accessible to researchers online.

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Endowed Historic Preservation Fund

Ensure funding in perpetuity for the preservation of historic papers, correspondence, research materials, and instruments via the Lowell Observatory Foundation.

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Support Observatory Operations

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Annual Fund

Support the areas of greatest need in our day-to-day mission of astronomical research and science education, as well as general operating needs.

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Director's Opportunity Network

Join an inner circle of observatory investors who  give our director the flexibility to fund new ideas, programs or opportunities that enhance our mission.

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Millenium Fund

Support priority projects to provide funds for the observatory’s ever-changing needs, as identified by the observatory’s director.

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Endowed Mars Hill Fund

Ensure funding in perpetuity for the ongoing enhancement, maintenance, and repair of the facilities and campus on Mars Hill via the Lowell Observatory Foundation.

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Lowell Observatory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution.

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