Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Grants, Cash Donations and Fundraising

  • The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium is a non-profit It is a 501(c)(3). 
  • Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.
  • Donations may be made on home page of this website or on our Facebook page. 
  • The planetarium events are almost always free. 
  • Admission is charged only at fundraising events or if a stipend is paid to an out of town presenter. 
  • There is a donation box at each presentation.
  • The physical planetarium and its upkeep are paid for by the Juneau School District who also use the space for other educational purposes. The school district does not provide funding for planetarium. 
  • The planetarium has been run entirely by volunteers since 1990.

Grants and Donations (most recent first)

2018 - Received $2,000 from Holland American Princess cruise lines

2017 - $256 donation from Montesorri bake sale.

2016 - $200 raised at a garage sale

2015 - Received $500 grant from American Seafoods Company

2012 - $500 donation from Juneau Lions Club

2012 - $500 cash grant from Holland America to buy a laptop.

2012 - $2,500 matching donation awarded from Douglas-Dornan foundation via the Juneau Community Foundation. Funds for digital projector. This was our first donation specifically for the new  projector. We raised matching funds and received check in 2013.

2012 - $550 raised at garage sale organized by Cristina Della Rosa and Steve Kocsis.

2011 - $300 for computer projector from Juneau Lions Club initiated by Joyce Kitka, director of Community Schools.

Grants Applied for but not awarded

  • 2018:  Douglas-Dornan foundation
  • 2012:  Apply to Astronomy Magazine and the Astronomy Foundation Discover the Universe Outreach Program. We don't win but are send free materials and are required to do an astronomy sidewalk event which we do on June 5th.
  • 1993:  Grant for multimedia recordings from the National Academy of Sciences.