When you make a gift to Space Center Houston, you partner with us to open the doors of creativity, problem-solving and innovation for thousands of children and adults every year. Your gift, large or small, has a tremendous impact on our mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration.

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Dynamic educational programs

A student works on an experiment as a part of a Space Center Houston education program. Our educational programs play an important role in inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and space explorers.

We provide a broad array of programming for kindergarten through 12th-grade students and educators, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The age-appropriate activities introduce and emphasize the practical application of scientific concepts to everyday life.

Our education programs focus on improving educational outcomes for students locally and worldwide. Exploration Academy, developed in collaboration with experts at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), immerses middle-school students and their teachers in space science learning to improve test scores. Girls STEM Academy targets middle-school girls to encourage scientific learning and skills development. The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) brings teachers from around the world to Houston each year to prepare them to integrate the latest space science into their curricula.

We rely on donations to extend these opportunities to low income students who otherwise would not be able to visit Space Center Houston. A donation of as little as $10 to the Title 1 School Visit Program can provide a low-income student the experience of a lifetime. Larger donations enable us to partner with schools that qualify as low income under the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of Title 1 to support the visit of an entire class of students.

Your contribution to Space Center Houston’s education programs is a direct investment in better educational outcomes for students and enhanced preparation for careers in STEM.

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Unrestricted gifts

Space Center Houston inspires visitors through the heroic history of America’s space program and shares the amazing research and accomplishments taking place in human space exploration right now. We strive to provide our guests with unique, experiential learning opportunities every time they visit.

Our donors are our greatest champions for inspiring the next generation. You give us the encouragement and the means to lift young minds to new heights.

In addition to preserving over 450 space artifacts – from the Apollo 17 command module, to the Saturn V rocket, to the largest collection of lunar samples on public display in the world – Space Center Houston also provides a glimpse into the exciting future of space exploration, including the return to the moon and the voyage into deep space to Mars. Your unrestricted gift provides the means to help us maintain our exhibits, develop new programs and respond to new opportunities that integrate the latest technology to better engage, enlighten and inspire our audiences through the wonders of science and space exploration.

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Capital Projects – ON A MISSION: Restore Historic Mission Control

In 2016, Space Center Houston launched a $5 million campaign to raise funds to help support the major restoration of Historic Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon. Thanks to the generosity of our lead contributor, the City of Webster, and others, we have raised $4 million toward our goal. You can help restore this national landmark by making a gift of any size. A fully restored Mission Control will have an inestimable value to Space Center Houston’s educational programs which encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Ways to give

Your gift — in any amount — has an immediate impact on our mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. You can make a tax-deductible gift in the following ways:

By clicking on the “Donate Now” button, you can make a debit or credit card donation through our secure website to the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Call +1 281-244-2118 to make your credit/debit card gift over the telephone.
Mail your check to the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, Development Department, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058. You may make an unrestricted gift to support our mission or designate your gift for education programs or capital projects such as the Restoration of Historic Mission Control. Simply indicate your designation on the memo line of your check or with accompanying correspondence.
A gift of appreciated securities can be a financially beneficial donation. Donors may receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock on the date of the transfer and avoid capital gains on its appreciated value.

If you are considering making a gift of securities, please contact us at +1 281-244-2118 prior to making the donation so we can provide you or your broker with the banking information for the transfer. We will record the specific date of your transfer to provide you with the appropriate tax documentation.

Many companies offer a matching gift program as a benefit to their employees. You can double or even triple your impact when you take advantage of a matching gift benefit. If you are not sure, please contact your company’s human resources or benefits office to inquire if your company offers matching gifts.
Planned giving is a way to make a gift while maximizing your investment goals. Some gift vehicles create an income stream for you! All planned gifts should be made in consultation with your financial advisor. The simplest form of planned gift is a bequest in your will. Suggested bequest language to share with your advisor is as follows: “After fulfilling all other provisions, I give, devise, and bequeath ____ percent of the remainder of my estate or $ ____ [specific amount] to the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation. (Tax ID 76-0217152), a charitable organization incorporated under the laws of Texas, located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.”

Donor recognition

Our donors have helped open the world of space exploration to more than 20 million visitors since Space Center Houston opened in 1992. We are grateful to those who make possible exciting learning opportunities, programs and exhibits. Our donors are our greatest champions for inspiring the next generation. You give us the encouragement and the means to lift young minds to new heights.

Contribution levels

Levels are based on total contributions per calendar year. Donors who contribute $50 or more are listed in Space Center Houston’s annual donor impact report, which is produced in late January or February, following the end of the calendar year.

Space Center Houston donors are instrumental in helping open the gateway to space exploration for people from all ages and backgrounds.

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