Funding Priorities

Keck Next – Advanced Instrumentation Fund

Beyond offering the largest light collection mirrors on the planet, it is in imaginative instrumentation that Keck will maintain and increase its leadership in world astronomy. Investment in Keck Next helps bring eagerly-anticipated 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 and challenges. Investment in the Director's Fund helps address immediate needs for new research tools and systems to take advantage of these opportunities.

Rising Stars – Education Programs Sponsored By Keck Observatory

In a century where science and technology continues to dominate our lives, Keck's goal is to inspire students to pursue challenging and meaningful work. 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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The Associates of Keck Observatory – Annual Gifts to Scientific Leadership

Keck Associates provide unrestricted financial 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. 
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Keck Exoplanet Society

Members of the Keck Exoplanet Society are the cornerstone funders of the Exploring New Worlds Campaign.  Society members have distinctive access to the W. M. Keck Observatory and the programs their philanthropy has supported.
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The Supernovae Society of the W. M. Keck Observatory

Supernovae are giant stars that end their lives by exploding in a massive outpouring of light. Launched in 2011, the Supernovae Society honors individuals who have chosen to support the frontiers of discovery by including the W. M. Keck Observatory in their estate plans. Society members have matched their vision of a better the world with the strategic ambitions of a great scientific organization, thus ensuring exceptional achievement will shine brightly into the future.

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