Thank you for being a friendJoin the Friends of Lick Observatory. Since its founding, Lick Observatory has enjoyed the goodwill of those who are inspired by the cosmos. Throughout its history, friends have been an indispensable part of the observatory’s success, starting with James Lick and including early philanthropists, like those who funded the Lick eclipse expeditions that verified Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and more recent donors like Google and individuals just like you!
As a FOLO member, you will be part of a community that cares deeply about advancing science, enhancing education, preserving history, and answering some of the biggest questions that humanity asks. Examples are included below for each level to show the type of impact your gift might have at each level.
☆ Friends of Lick membership options ☆
Individual – $50
Family – $75
☆ Gifts like yours* will be used for projects like enhancing our renowned Summer Series program.
Nebula Circle: $150
☆ Because of donors like you,* Lick Observatory will be able to address immediate needs as they arise.
Galaxy Circle: $500
☆ Gifts like yours* will be used to extend and enhance our public outreach programs to underserved communities in the Bay Area and to provide bilingual support both at the observatory and on the website
Supernova Circle: $1,000
☆ Because of donors like you,* astronomers and staff can quickly obtain seed funds to help launch great ideas.
Quasar Circle: $2,500
☆ Gifts like yours* will be used for projects like educational outreach–on the mountain, in the classroom and online.
Universe Circle: $5,000
☆ Because of champions like you,* Lick Observatory can address strategic physical upgrades, ensuring that the Observatory is ready to continue advancing scientific research for the next 134 years.
FoLO memberships and donations help support Lick Observatory for current and future generations by:
☆ Preserving history
☆ Enhancing facilities
☆ Launching public programs
☆ Supporting UC students
☆ Developing new technology
☆ Building new telescopes
Friends Forever Circle: In addition to annual gifts, many friends choose to include Lick Observatory in their estate plans, just as James Lick’s will made the building of the Observatory possible in the 19th century. Please let us know if you are one of these extraordinary friends who will make Lick Observatory part of your legacy, so we can ensure your gift is used as you intend and that we have the opportunity to recognize your generosity now.
For more information, contact Natasha Pedroza at email@example.com.
Lick Observatory has been inspiring me since I was a child. It means a lot to our family to be able to support the Observatory’s current scientists and preserve its incredible history each year.
Friends of Lick Members at all levels receive…
☆ Early access to our incredibly popular Summer Series events when in-person events can resume safely. Space is limited and tickets always sell out quickly, so we offer early access to tickets to members before opening sales to the general public.
☆ Until then (and probably even after), we will invite members to attend our Virtual Lecture Series, some of which are exclusively for our members, including “Living Room Lectures,” “Ask an Astronomer,” Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, and “FoLO Family Dinners.” We enjoy introducing members to modern-day giants of science, who are changing the way we understand the universe.
☆ 10% discount on online (or on-site) purchases from the Lick Observatory Gift Shop.
☆ A digital membership card in FoLO, with participation in the ASTC Passport program (which gives you discounts at other science centers around the country).
☆ Whatever level of contribution is right for your family, please know that your support makes an enormous difference to the continuing vitality of Lick Observatory.