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To make a secure online donation, please click the Donate button below.


The Cincinnati Observatory Center is a non-profit 501c3 and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Please note that all donations are registered as Memberships to the Observatory. Memberships are still entirely tax deductible for the donor. 

While we revel in our historic telescopes, our education programs make the Observatory a unique and vibrant institution. In 2018, our education programs reached 77 schools and 12,000 students through field trips, outreach visits to schools, and our public programs. This includes over 4,500 under served students.

We also work to maintain our historic 1873 and 1904 buildings so that we can continue showing over 34,000 people annually the stars, planets and more! Membership revenue help us to keep our National Historic Landmark facility in good working order and preserving these incredible treasures. 

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 Opportunities

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, Duke Energy, Ethicon EndoSurgery, Procter and Gamble, 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

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. Below is some sample language for inclusion in your estate planning documents. 

 “I give [the sum of ____________ dollars ($_____________)][___ percent of my estate/trust] to the Cincinnati Observatory Center (FEIN: 31-1665954), an Ohio nonprofit corporation, of Cincinnati, Ohio, or its successor in interest, for its general charitable purposes.”

Please contact your attorney for more information. To notify the Observatory of our inclusion in your estate plan, please contact Anna Hehman at 513-321-5186 or at 

Corporate Giving - Several companies has consumer driven giving that help our communities grow and prosper.

  • Kroger Community Rewards® makes it easy...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Visit and select the Cincinnati Observatory Center (#55142) as your charity.
  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Cincinnati Observatory Center whenever you shop. Visit: to log into your account and select the Cincinnati Observatory Center as your charity to start contributing!

 For more information about any of these options, please contact Observatory Development Director Anna Hehman at (513) 321-5186 or at