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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The 2017 Evenings with Astronomers Season on the Big Island has just ended. Please click here to see what you missed.

Public Events

The Restless Universe: Palomar Transient Factory
Dan David Prize Winner, Shrinivas Kulkarni California Institute of TechnologyCosmic explosions were first noted nearly two thousand years ago but only in the past hundred years have astronomers secured recognition of classes of…
FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Hualalai Learning Theater, Keck Headquarters
Fingerprints of the first stars: Searching for Population III with Keck
Our current story for the origin of the heavy elements has at its core a recycling program on the grandest of scales. Using Keck, we have…
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Honoka`a People’s Theatre
Focusing the Distant Universe with Gravitational Lensing
Observing distant objects allows us to peer back in time to early stages of the universe, across the most active period of galaxy growth when most stars…
TUESDAY JANUARY 24, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Gates Performing Arts Center HPA Campus, Waimea
Geological Activity in the Solar System: New Discoveries and Unsolved Mysteries

THURSDAY JANUARY 5, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Hualalai Learning Theater
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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 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