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Friends of Keck Observatory

The mission of the Keck Observatory is to advance the frontiers of astronomy, inspiring the imagination of all.  Night after night discoveries are made that will be the stuff of textbooks two hundred years from now.  As leaders in a rapidly changing technical field, we offer the highest scientific productivity of any ground-based observatory and the greatest power and precision to answer the biggest questions in astronomy today. 

The full potential of the Keck Observatory is far from being realized and our strategic ambitions exceed current resources from public funding sources. In partnership with the University of California, California Institute of Technology, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Keck Observatory has identified key areas which require external funding sources and which are essential to sustaining our preeminence in ground-based astronomy within the broad scientific landscape. These funding priorities offer exciting opportunities for individuals who are committed to making philanthropic investments which will last a century or more, philanthropic investments that will make a profound impact for generations to come. 

Call 808.881.3854 9-5pm HST

Ways To Give

We are very grateful for the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who recognize the value of our astronomical research and education.

Donations of cash are the simplest and most direct way to give to Keck Observatory and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Gifts may be given anonymously, or in memory of, or in honor of a loved one or a friend. Every gift, no matter what size, is greatly appreciated.


To make an instant gift on our secure Web site, simply click here, choose the fund you would like your gift to benefit and complete the form. A formal acknowledgment that will serve as a tax receipt will be mailed to you.

By Mail

Make your check or money order out to W. M. Keck Observatory, write the fund that you wish to donate to in the memo line and send the check to:

W. M. Keck Observatory
65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela, Hawai'i 96743

By Telephone

Call 808.881.3814 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (HST).

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match the charitable giving of its employees, sometimes even doubling their contributions. Ask your company if it offers a matching gift program.

Additional Ways To Give

If you are interested in making pledges, gifts of stocks or mutual funds, gifts of personal or real property, or in exploring options for a planned gift that will benefit you, your family and Keck Observatory, please contact your professional financial advisor and Keck Advancement at 808.881.3854.