Donations At Work

Donations At Work

Keck Next
Advanced instrumentation fund
Beyond offering the largest light collection mirrors on the planet, it is in imaginative instrumentation that Keck will maintain leadership. Investing helps bring next-generation instrumentation to the Keck astronomy community.

Director's Fund
Discretionary fund for projects of opportunity
Astronomical discovery continues to reveal breakthrough knowledge on Cosmology, often with unanticipated opportunities. Investment in this fund helps address immediate needs for new research tools and systems to take advantage of these opportunities.

Rising Stars
Education programs supported by Keck
Investment in Rising Stars helps provide many ways to attract young people to scientific and technical pursuits including intensive mentoring and internship programs.

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Astronomy Talk: How Keck Observatory Helps Decode the Formation of our Solar System
Where We Came From — How Solar Systems FormHow common are Earths? Unknown just a generation ago, more than 2,000 planets have been discovered orbiting other…
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Honoka`a Peoples's Theatre
Astronomy Talk: ​Manu ʻImiloa – Modern & Ancient Ways of Navigating our Universe
A Hilo native born in Keaukaha and raised in Panaʻewa, Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o is an Educate Associate and the Outreach Coordinator of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center…
FRIDAY AUGUST 28, 2015 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Kahilu Theatre
NASA Spacecraft New Horizons Pluto Flyby: Special Talk by NASA Scientist Eliot Young
Just hours before their observing run at Keck Observatory will start, NASA scientists Eliot Young and his team will give a talk in the Hualalai…
MONDAY JULY 13, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM • Hualalai Conference Room, Keck Observatory Headquarters
Astronomy Talk: What Wonderful Worlds – Exploring our Solar System
Knowledge about our own Solar System has increased by leaps and bounds over the past few decades due to a combination of spacecraft missions and…
MONDAY MAY 11, 2015 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Kahilu Theatre
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Keck Associates provide philanthropic contributions annually to address immediate needs identified by the Observatory as critical to the fulfillment of our strategic goals. The Associates enjoy special access to Keck Observatory advancement programs. Our signature program is Evenings with Astronomers, a premier lecture series that takes place between January and April. Coming in 2016, Evenings with Astronomers will be held on Hawaii Island, and at three new locations - San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu. From time to time, the Observatory hosts other special events for the Associates and Major Donors to keep them informed of the impact their philanthropy is making at the frontiers of astronomical research and innovation.


Donor Support Level
Star Gazer

Star Gazer

< $100

Humankind's sense of wonderment is universal when gazing at the heavens, some of which become world-famous scientists by observing the boundless Universe in a new and often-unexpected way. Join Keck Nation and be the first to hear about the lastest astronomy news and events.

Lunar Member

Lunar Member

$100 - $500

Journey with Keck Observatory to our closest neighbor, our moon, by contributing at this level and receive a Keck Observatory hat as well as special access on our website to ask one of the Keck astronomers and engineers your burning questions.

Planetary Supporter

Planetary Supporter

$500 - $2,500

Discover new planets and solar systems by contributing at this level and receive VIP seating at the Keck Observatory Astronomy Talks in Waimea in addition to the bursary listed above.

Stellar Associate

Stellar Associate

$2,500 - $10,000

Explore the stars with premier astronomers at the invitation-only Evenings with Astronomers events. Enter to be one of six donors to receive a private tour of the Keck Observatory telescopes atop Maunakea and see first-hand how your generosity helps Keck be the two most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.

Cosmic Contributor

Cosmic Contributor

$10,000 - $50,000

Join at this level and name an exoplanet after yourself or a loved one. We will also invite you to bring your friends along on your journey through the Universe with Keck by bringing them to the Evening with Astronomer events in any of the locations. Bring your family and friends on a private tour of the summit each year at this level of giving.

Universal Benefactor

Universal Benefactor

> $50,000

Become a world-class donor to the most scientifically important telescopes on Earth and receive unprecedented access to the world’s leading scientific community. You are invited to go where almost nobody has gone before accompanying Keck Observatory and scientists on unique trips to one of the great scientific spots on earth each year.

Other Ways to Participate


Interested in becoming a part of the team of individuals who make up Keck Observatory? To find out how you can donate your time and talents to Keck Observatory, please contact Joan Campbell at the link below.

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Keck Supernovae Society

Supernovae Society honors individuals who have chosen to support the frontiers of discovery by including the W. M. Keck Observatory in their estate plans, thus ensuring exceptional achievement will shine brightly into the future.

Learn more about Keck Supernovae Society