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The Cincinnati Observatory Center is a non-profit 501c3 and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

While we revel in our historic telescopes, our education programs make the Observatory a unique and vibrant institution. In 2014, our education programs reached 77 schools and 10,000 students through field trips, outreach visits to schools, and our public programs. We have received a dramatic increase in requests for free programming from underserved audiences constrained by budgetary issues.  Your investment in this program, in any level will help meet this demand and help us bring astronomy education to thousands of tri-state students.

For more information about how you can support the Observatory with a donation, contact our Development Director Anna Hehman at (513) 321-5186, Ext. 6 or at

Donation Programs

Matching Gifts –Many companies with a strong local presence will match their employees' charitable donations. For those supporting the Observatory, this includes Membership fees, which are entirely tax deductible, as well as unrestricted contributions.

To ensure matching gift funds for the Observatory, check with your employer! There will likely be a basic form for you to fill out, and the Observatory staff will confirm your donation. It takes little effort, but can yield big results in support of our work in STEM education for young people and adults in our region!

General Electric, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, and many other corporations support employee giving through matching gifts. Click here for a more comprehensive list, and ask your employer today if they'll match your giving!

For more information, or to submit a gift to be matched for verification, call Observatory Development Director Anna Hehman at (513) 321-5186 or reach her via email at

Donating Stock – Talk to your financial adviser about making a gift of stock to the Observatory. It is a great way to benefit this unique institution.

Planned Giving –  Make a plan to leave a lasting contribution for future generations - to experience the “Wow!” of looking through telescopes or learning about the stars above.

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Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is a partnership of 27 local nonprofit organizations building social and economic equity and a healthy environment in Greater Cincinnati. Community Shares raises awareness and support for its member organizations through workplace giving campaigns, professional enrichment, community education, and a variety of innovative initiatives.

The Cincinnati Observatory is proud to collaborate with the partner organizations of Community Shares to help continue to build our community.