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Space Center Houston seeks gifts that will advance our mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration.

Donations bolster Space Center Houston’s efforts to develop and enhance authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences and help us inspire a new generation of explorers, engineers and problem solvers.

Our goal is to make space and science learning accessible to all and to continue growing the number of learners who join the STEM pathway.

Join our community of contributors. Every gift is tax deductible in accordance with IRS laws.

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Gene Kranz Scholarship Fund

Flight Director Gene Kranz
Apollo-era Flight Director Gene Kranz wears his iconic Apollo 13 vest in Starship Gallery.
A community of backers from around the world joined Space Center Houston and the City of Webster to help restore the Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center and preserve the legacy of the Apollo Program.

While we preserve the past, we also need to invest in the future. By developing and motivating the children of today, we are able to shape tomorrow’s leaders of human space exploration. Space Center Houston established a scholarship fund at Space Center Houston in honor of retired Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz for this purpose.

Space Center Houston’s Gene Kranz Scholarship Fund offers scholarships for local students to participate in Space Center University®, a multi-day, hands-on engineering design program open to students from middle school through college, as well as adults.

Space Center U® promotes teamwork, problem solving, communication and engineering solutions to space related situations. It is also designed to develop critical thinking skills, accountability, fiscal responsibility, teamwork, and the ability to respond to adversity–the same skills that Gene Kranz instilled in his flight controllers in Mission Control.

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Underserved access to youth STEM education programs

Young girls doing STEM challenge
Middle school girls review mission objectives in their mission logs in our Girls STEM Academy.
Students working together on STEM activity in Exploration Academy
High school students examine one type of robot they will work with in our Stars & STEM program.
Contributions to Space Center Houston’s education programs are a direct investment in better educational outcomes for students and enhanced preparation for careers in STEM.

Most of a person’s science learning takes place outside of the five percent of their lives spent in a traditional classroom setting. Informal learning experiences, such as the programs, exhibits and activities available at Space Center Houston, are ideal ways for students to engage in meaningful learning experiences.

In informal learning environments, students have the ability to ask their own questions and explore solutions or next steps on their own. This practice helps create excitement, drive curiosity and helps contribute to a person’s knowledge and interest in STEM. The experience can spark creative and innovative thinking and heighten their motivation to learn.

Space Center Houston provides a broad array of programming for kindergarten through 12th-grade students, as well as educators, focusing on STEM disciplines.

We rely on donations to extend these opportunities to low-income students who otherwise would not be able to visit Space Center Houston.

Space Center Houston’s education programs and outreach initiatives include, but aren’t limited to, the following programs:
  • Title 1 School Visit Program, which provides greatly reduced or free admission for schools in and around Houston that qualify under the federal Title 1 Program;
  • Exploration Academy, a program developed in collaboration with experts at NASA Johnson Space Center that immerses middle school students and their teachers in space and science learning over 16 weeks;
  • Girls STEM Pathway, a multiphase educational and mentoring initiative featuring Girls STEM Academy, a gender-specific program that encourages middle-school girls to apply STEM concepts and skills through hands-on, inquiry-based learning; and
  • Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), our premier educator professional development program, now in its 26th year, which brings close to 600 teachers from around the world to Houston annually to prepare them to successfully integrate the latest space science into their curricula.
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Where needed most

Unrestricted gifts help strengthen Space Center Houston’s core mission of education and provide us with resources for hands-on learning activities that are specifically designed to encourage learners of all ages to join the STEM pathway.

With more than 450 space artifacts, Space Center Houston inspires more than 1.25 million visitors annually by showcasing the heroic history of America’s space program and illuminating the amazing research and accomplishments taking place in human space exploration today.

From remarkable exhibits like the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, to the historic Apollo 17 command module, Saturn V rocket and the world’s largest collection of lunar samples on public display, Space Center Houston is thrilled to open the doors of inquiry and discovery for learners of all ages through the wonders and excitement of space and science learning.
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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

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

Our donors have helped open the world of space exploration to more than 22 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

Donors who contribute $50 or more (based on total contributions per calendar year) are listed in Space Center Houston’s annual donor impact report, which is produced during the first quarter, following the end of the last calendar year.

Click here to see 2018 Donor Honor Roll.

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