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.
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 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
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
- 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: Volunteers applied for (but did not get) a grant for multimedia recordings from the National Academy of Sciences.