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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Public Events

Using Shadows to Shed New Light
Guest Speaker: James L. Green, NASA Chief ScientistASTRONOMY TALK | Current estimates are that over 150 million Americans viewed the Great American Solar Eclipse on…
TUESDAY JUNE 5, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM • Gates Performing Arts Center, HPA Campus, Waimea (Kamuela, HI)
Donation Drive for Volcano Victims
PLEASE JOIN US IN HELPING HAWAII ISLAND VOLCANO VICTIMSWaimea, Hawaii - Hundreds of families in the Puna District on the east side of the Big…
MONDAY MAY 14, 2018 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM • W. M. Keck Observatory Waimea Headquarters: 65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743
The Golden Age of Space Exploration
Guest Speaker: Charles Elachi, Caltech Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Emeritus, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director 2001- 2016ASTRONOMY TALK | Over the last 50 years, JPL spacecraft have visited…
THURSDAY APRIL 12, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM • Gates Performing Arts Center, HPA Campus, Waimea (Kamuela, HI)
Journey Through the Universe: Landscapes of the Moon and Mars
Brian Day, Lead for Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling, Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), NASA Ames Research Center ASTRONOMY TALK - Brian Day will give a…
WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM • Gates Performing Arts Center, HPA Campus, Waimea
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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.


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 Shelly Pelfrey 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