Your donation to our Dare to Explore campaign has an impact enriching museum exhibits, helping preserve our artifacts and enabling us to continue to motivate the next generation of innovators and pioneers through our educational programs.

Donations to this fund will sustain the U.S. Space & Rocket Center as we work through the devastating financial impact of the pandemic.

Ways to Give

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Memorial & Honor Gifts

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Matching Gifts

Memorial & Honor Gifts

A gift to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation is a thoughtful way to honor the memory of a loved one. A tribute gift is also a meaningful way to salute an individual or celebrate a special occasion. Tribute gifts may support a variety of programs at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Space Camp. Artifact care and restoration, Space Camp scholarships, capital project funds or the simple designation of “where most needed” are among options.

Make a gift online using the button below or email [email protected] for more information.

Matching Gifts

Many companies or organizations match employee donations, enabling donors to multiply their gifts. Please ask your human resources department about matching gifts.

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Corporate Giving

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Planned Giving

Corporate Giving

Reinforce brand, support specific philanthropy goals and have a direct link to the future high-tech workforce. The foundation can customize a giving opportunity to benefit both your organization and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and it educational STEM programs.

Contact the foundation for more information about becoming a sponsor.

Planned Giving

No matter how you choose to partner with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation, we can help you fulfill your philanthropic goals and make a significant impact. In addition to cash, checks or online giving, there are numerous ways you can support our mission. You may even be surprised to learn there are ways you can give that offer you cash back (often at attractive, fixed rates). Planned giving offers you many wonderful opportunities to have the impact you desire, while also saving you taxes and making it easier to provide for your family and loved ones.

By making a planned gift to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation you receive:

  • More impact for your charitable giving
  • Income tax advantages
  • Possible capital gains tax benefits
  • Possible new income streams for you

Learn how planned giving can work for you. Contact the foundation for more information [email protected] or 256.721.5425.

 

Planned Gifts Include:

You can make a lasting difference by giving assets you no longer need. You may also reduce or avoid costly estate taxes. You can leave a fixed amount, percentage or remainder of your estate. Sample bequest language.

By transferring an appreciated asset such as stock, you receive an income tax deduction for the current value of the stock (no matter what you paid for it) without paying capital gains tax. (Note: Never sell stock you intend to give to charity.)

A charitable gift annuity offers income tax advantages and fixed payments back to you or you and another at attractive rates for as long as you live. Eligibility: You are age 65 or older and wish to make a gift of $10,000 or more. 

 

 

With the help of your attorney, establish a trust that offers income tax and capital gains benefits while paying back money to you or your loved ones for as long as you choose.

Set up a new policy or name the foundation as a beneficiary of an existing policy.  Ask us how you may also receive income tax advantages using life insurance.

Rather than take your required minimum distribution, call your IRA administrator and transfer funds to our mission. You won’t receive an income tax deduction, but you may be able to help the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation rather than take a distribution you would rather not take.

You can transfer residential, commercial, forest or farm property to the foundation and receive income tax advantages while securing your philanthropic legacy.

All of the above types of gifts may be combined to offer you even more advantages.  Call, click or email for more information. We can help you make a difference for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation while also helping you give more to your family by lowering taxes and avoiding the headaches of estate administration.

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Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund

Donations to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation's Endowment Fund will help ensure the Rocket Center can continue world-class educational programs today and in the future. Donations may be made directly to the endowment and through giving options like charitable remainder trusts.

Programs You Support

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Give Where Most Needed

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Space Camp Scholarship Fund

Give Where Most Needed

Students in today’s elementary, middle and high school classrooms will return us to the moon and plant a flag in Martian soil.

Your support of programs at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Space Camp awakens, invigorates and engages a sense of discovery among those readying for the challenges ahead. Here, like-minded individuals become a team through science, technology, engineering and math. Your gifts fuel aspirations to improve life on Earth and enable life beyond the horizon.

Moon to Mars and life on Earth – Will you take the next step, too? Your support of rocket restoration and scholarship programs helps us all take the next giant leap.

Space Camp Scholarship Fund

Space Camp changes lives…

At Space Camp, our STEM based (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education camps use the excitement of U.S. and international space programs to ignite our trainee’s interest in STEM learning.  

Our unique program line up of Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, U.S. Cyber Camp, and Robotics Camp offer real world applications and are proven work force development tool. Trainees participate in a multi-discipline learning environment focused on leadership, teamwork, and the importance of exploration in a variety of career fields. 

Space Camp scholarships launch the explorers of tomorrow by offering this unique experience to a trainee that otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend. 

A donation of $1,500 funds a full scholarship to weeklong Space Camp, Aviation Challenge or U.S. Cyber Camp. Donations of all amounts are welcome, and each donation helps to send students to a camp experience that camp impact them for a lifetime.

Donate today to impact the explorers of tomorrow! 

I want to get into Space Camp so I can learn more about space and engineering. If I do this, I can do my dream job which is to be a NASA engineer.

- Grace, age 10, Ohio, 2021 Scholarship Applicant 

For more information about scholarships, please email us at [email protected].

Rocket Protector

The First meets the Future every day at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Here, students feel the spirit of early space pioneers through the towering rockets and hardware gracing Rocket Park, Shuttle Park and the Apollo Courtyard. Exposure to the elements has taken a toll on these marvels of engineering but you can restore their shine and ensure they continue to inspire the next generation of dreamers and doers. Your donation makes a difference and identifies you as a member of the Rocket Protector team.

Donations of all sizes are welcome. Those donating $20 or more may receive a Rocket Protector pocket protector pictured above- Be sure to include a mailing address

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Space Exploration Memorial

Space Exploration Memorial

The Space Exploration Memorial will recognize those who have been part of America’s space program. Located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the memorial will include names of those who enabled America to be the world's leading spacefaring nation. Donations to this restricted fund will be used to finalize the design, complete the construction and maintain the operation of the Space Exploration Memorial. Donations may be made by individuals or companies in honor of colleagues, friends and fellow space team members. (Please note names in the comments section of the donation form.)

Partners in Our Future

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We are most thankful for these donors whose contributions ensure camp will re-open in the spring, artifact preservation and museum projects continue, and scholarships are available for the 2021 camp season.

We invite you to join them with your tax-deductible contribution to help sustain the U.S. Space & Rocket Center during this pandemic.

  • The Boeing Company
  • Alice Joyce Neighbors Management Trust
  • City of Huntsville
  • Fred B Luddy Family Foundation Inc.
  • Intuitive Research & Technology Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman Foundation
  • SAIC
  • Matt Sheehy
  • Tim Sheehy
  • State of Alabama - Specialty Tag Revenue
  • Gary Brukardt Foundation Fund (Fund of American Endowment Foundation) Karen Brukardt
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Janene Chase
  • Colsa Corporation
  • Dynetics, Inc
  • Huntsville Coca Cola
  • Jacobs Technology, Inc.
  • Jesse F Bennett Charitable Foundation
  • PPG Foundation
  • Protective Life Foundation
  • Sentar, Inc.
  • Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
  • Torch Technologies, Inc.
  • Regions Bank
  • Sherry Thompson
  • United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • Yellowhammer Brewing
  • 3M
  • Terry Anderson
  • Bentley Systems
  • Ryan Brukardt
  • BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT)
  • Kaitlin Campbell
  • Kathy Chan
  • William (Ben) Chandler
  • Rick Chappell
  • Steven Ciarleglio
  • Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville
  • Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
  • Timothy Davis
  • Delta Gamma Foundation
  • Matthew Desch
  • Drummond Company, Inc.
  • Charles and Dorothy Duke
  • Zen Evans
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Eve Garriott
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Arthur (Gene) Goldman
  • Roy Hutcheson
  • Intergraph/Hexagon
  • Iron Mountain Solutions
  • Jacobs
  • Kallman Worldwide Inc
  • KBR
  • John Keough
  • Peter and Karen Kiss
  • Leidos, Inc.
  • Madison County Legislative Delegation Grants
  • Robert Mayes
  • Katie Mazzeo
  • Kathryn McCarty
  • National Space Club
  • Network for Good
  • Nike Inc, and Affiliates
  • Paul George Foundation
  • Ron Paulus
  • Phil and Lisa Williams Foundation
  • Polaris
  • Redstone Federal Credit Union
  • Robert Slone
  • Southern Adirondack Charitable Fund
  • James Splawn
  • Jesse Stutts III
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Triangle Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Valley Pizza, Inc. DBA Domino's
  • Jean Wessel Templeton
  • Window World
  • Kenny Young
  • Steve and Leigh Young
  • Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc.
  • Avion Solutions, Inc.
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Blackbaud Giving Fund
  • Ed and Lois Buckbee
  • Richard Campbell
  • John and Cindie Chapman
  • Angela Clayton
  • Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, RAC Fund (Rey and Cynthia Almodovar)
  • Keith Cox
  • Davidson Technologies
  • DESE Research, Inc.
  • Lorrie Freeman
  • Fuqua & Partners Architects
  • Giant Spoon
  • John Holly
  • Huntsville Hospital
  • Ierus Technologies, Inc.
  • Nancy Klain
  • Kord Technologies, Inc.
  • Maximum Technology Corporation
  • Tim McKechnie
  • Raytheon
  • Loretta Spencer
  • Kimberly Steward
  • Richard Tingle
  • Verity Integrated Systems, Inc.
  • Kathleen Waite
  • Walmart Store 375
  • AFS International Consulting, Inc,
  • AI Signal Research, Inc.
  • Air Force Association Tennessee Valley Chapter 335
  • American Endowment Foundation
  • Theron Anders
  • Jamie Autin
  • Ellen Bailey
  • Bob Baron
  • David Barrett
  • Catherine Barrington
  • Barrios Technology
  • Leila Bassi
  • Douglas and Ledela Bean
  • Lindsay Bearden
  • Genevieve Beck
  • Brian Berry
  • Karen Billups
  • Mary Ellen Blakley
  • James Bobo
  • Linda Bourgeois
  • Mary Bowman
  • Samantha Brainard
  • Broadwood Advanced Technologies, LLC
  • Salvatore (Tory) Bruno
  • Charles Burke
  • California Community Foundation
  • Jennifer Carlstrom
  • Brenda Carr
  • Carl Case
  • Connie Casebolt
  • Jim Chandler
  • James Chilcott
  • Michelle Christensen
  • Ann Close
  • Philip Coker
  • Rachel Crane
  • Frank L. Culbertson Jr
  • Davidson Technologies
  • James Deming
  • Benjamin Dickter
  • Barbara Diener
  • Melvia Driver
  • Sandy Edwards
  • Keff Edwards
  • Scott Edwards
  • Kathleen Emerson
  • Miles Ewing
  • Linda Farmer
  • Barbara Fast
  • Fidelity Charitable
  • Ron and Cindy Golub
  • Clytice Gardner
  • Richard Glaze
  • Edmund Gleason
  • Vanessa Gonsenheim
  • Rob Gray
  • Gretchen Green
  • Barry Griffiths
  • Jordan Hall
  • John Hamilton
  • Patricia Hardin
  • Hargrove Foundation
  • William Hare
  • Burke Hare
  • Nancy Hazelton
  • John Hecker
  • Chris Heisel
  • Jimmie Hill
  • Christopher Hirata
  • Jennifer Holliday
  • Miranda Holton
  • David Hughes
  • Steven Hutchings
  • Michael Hwang
  • James and Diana Lambert Charitable Fund
  • Wes Kelley
  • Kennedy Family Fund
  • Kiwanis Club of Huntsville
  • Julian Klapowitz
  • Jonathan Koren
  • Caroline Krisa
  • Kenneth Kubiak
  • Roosevelt Lewis
  • Joshua Lowry
  • David Lucas
  • William (Bill) Lucas
  • Josi MacGibbon
  • Michael Malkin
  • Manufacturing Technical Solutions, Inc. (MTS)
  • Linda Marlette
  • Linda Martin
  • Scott Mattson
  • Kim McCain
  • Dustin McMullen
  • Debra Meadows
  • Patrick Meagher
  • Mechanisms Education Association
  • Leka Medenbach
  • Heidi Medenica
  • Martha Milton
  • Phil Monkress
  • Daniel Montgomery
  • F. Brooks Moore
  • NAECU North Alabama Educators Credit Union
  • National Defense Industrial Association - Tennessee Valley Chapter
  • Valerie Neal
  • Allison Nelson
  • John Nerger
  • Jay Newkirk
  • Phyllis Nicaise
  • Placide (Don) Nicaise
  • Forrest Norrod
  • Diane O’Keefe
  • Dan Oates
  • Elena Page
  • Brenda Perez
  • Keela Perkins
  • John Perry
  • Smitha Persaud
  • Rebecca Petersen
  • Carol Phillips
  • David Pierson
  • Katie Pisone
  • Linda Posey
  • Kathryn Powers
  • Radiance Technologies, Inc.
  • Louie Ramirez
  • John Ramsey
  • John Rex
  • Joe Ritch
  • Matthew Rodencal
  • Peter Rohde
  • Randal Rosman
  • Richard Ryan
  • Terry Saban
  • Arthur Sabia
  • Jeff Samz
  • Marshall Schreeder
  • John and Evelyn Scott
  • Sasha Sealy
  • Gray Settle
  • Susan Sexton
  • Daniel Shamblin
  • Harvey Shelton
  • Laura Simpson
  • Simulation Technologies, Inc.
  • Diana and Leland Sisson
  • Gerald Smith
  • Robin Soprano
  • J. Spencer
  • Sean Squire
  • Matthew Stewart
  • Christine Stinson
  • Jack and Becky Stokes
  • Sherry Stutts
  • Daniel Suggs
  • Angie Swinford
  • Kay Taylor
  • Dakota Taylor
  • James Troy
  • UAH
  • Vincent Vazzo
  • Walter Connally Powell, Jr. Foundation
  • Louis Wasson
  • David West
  • John Whisenhunt
  • Joshua Whitfield
  • Willbrook Solutions
  • Lelton Woodham
  • WOW!
  • Judy Wren
  • Rachel Wyatt
  • James York
  • YourCause
  • YourCause, LLC (Trustee for Boeing)
  • YourCause, LLC Trustee for Chevron Matching Employee Funds
  • Anthony Zana