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Invest in the Future of McDonald Observatory

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Gifts made to the McDonald Observatory will support science education and public outreach. Hands-on science lessons for students, teacher professional development workshops, Visitors Center programs, and our flagship StarDate Radio program, which reaches 700,000 listeners a day, are a few of the programs that Annual Fund gifts support.

Through these contributions, McDonald Observatory gives life-changing science experiences to students who otherwise lack access to science and technology. Teachers, who often do not feel qualified to teach difficult science concepts, are trained and prepared to engage students in the classroom. 

There are many ways to make a tax-deductible gift to the Observatory. Thank you for partnering with us in this important work.

Ways to Give

Make an Online Gift

Access the convenience of secure online giving through the University's giving page. The website allows you to make gifts using your credit card and tell us how your gift is to be used for support of McDonald Observatory. 

Matching Gifts

Does your company match gifts to UT Austin? Most matches are dollar-for-dollar (1:1), effectively doubling — or in some cases tripling - the value of donors’ gifts. Some companies match the gifts of retirees and spouses as well as those of active employees.

Endowments and Gift Planning

Endowed gifts and gifts made to the department through gift planning create a legacy and support UT astronomy for generations to come.

By contributing to or establishing an endowment, you can support the Observatory’s research and outreach in perpetuity. For information, please contact Director of Development Keary Kinch at 512-471-6335 or by email: kinch@astro.as.utexas.edu

In-Kind Gifts, Stock Transfer, UT Employee Payroll Deduction and More

Find details at the link above, or contact Keary Kinch (512-471-6335 kinch@astro.as.utexas.edu) to learn more about these and other giving options through the University.


For questions, or to learn more about ways in which you can support and invest in McDonald Observatory, please contact:

Keary Kinch
Director of Development

Office: (512) 471-6335