If you are interested in supporting the research, education or public outreach missions of the Department of Astronomy, there are several ways you can do so. You can simply choose from the list below and go directly to the University of Virginia Giving online system, or read a bit more about the options below.
Make an Unrestricted Gift to the UVa Department of Astronomy
Join the Friends of McCormick Observatory
Support the Dark Skies, Bright Kids program
Donate to the Heidi Winter Endowment Fund for Education and Public Outreach Programs at McCormick Observatory
Unrestricted Gifts to the Department of Astronomy
You may make an unrestricted gift to the Department of Astronomy, to support our research and education mission, by visiting this link.
Public Outreach Program
You can support the Public Outreach mission of the Department in the following areas:
Friends of McCormick Observatory Program
A non-profit membership organization to promote and support the education and public outreach activities of the Department of Astronomy. Members are eligible for a number of benefits.
Dark Skies, Bright Kids
There are many ways that you can support the innovative Dark Skies, Bright Kids program. Please visit this link to find out more about contributing to this volunteer-run program working to enhance science education for elementary school students at underserved schools in rural Virginia.
Heidi Winter Endowment Fund for Education and Public Outreach Programs of the McCormick Observatory
The income earned by this endowment will provide a "permanent source of support for the exceptional educational programs of the McCormick Observatory, will enable the Observatory to expand its educational and outreach programs, and will ensure that the Observatory remains a resource for students and the public for years to come." This fund was created through the efforts of the friends and colleagues of Heidi Winter at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Astronomy. To make a gift, please visit this link.
If you would prefer to send a check, rather than use a credit card on on-line, please make the check out to the Heidi Winter Endowment and mail it to:
The College Foundation
PO Box 400801
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4801
attention: Cindy La Varra