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Ways to Support Us

You’re doing great things through your giving to Morehead. You create exciting new shows and exhibits for our guests. You underwrite field trips to Morehead for children from schools that otherwise would not be able to afford to visit. You produce the North Carolina Science Festival. You allow university students to work and learn at Morehead – giving them important skills for the job market. And perhaps most importantly, you bring science to life for all of the people Morehead serves year-round through your philanthropy.

Annual Fund

Your unrestricted gift to the annual fund allows the Morehead team to invest strategically in areas of vital importance to the organization and its mission. You may make a one-time gift online at any time or you may set up a monthly bank draft. We can also accept stock, property, retirement assets, life insurance and other types of non-cash gifts.  To arrange a monthly bank draft or to make a non-cash gift, please contact our donor relations manager (contact information below).


For more than 60 years, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has supported science education in North Carolina. Now, you can support Morehead and get special benefits for yourself, including free admission to hundreds of science centers and museums nationwide through the ASTC Passport Program. When you invest in membership, you are investing in Morehead's future.

Matching Gifts

You may be able to increase your impact on Morehead through your employer’s matching gift programming. Many employers will match all or a portion of your contribution. Some companies will even match gifts by retirees and /or spouses. Visit the UNC matching gift page to see if your employer makes matching gifts.


"#TakeUpSpace” is our $5.2 million building project to recreate the North Carolina icon as a modern-day, technology-advanced science hub. Despite Morehead’s decades-long popularity as a destination for school groups and visitors, this beloved icon has not had significant upgrades to its teaching and exhibit spaces since it opened. As part of the #TakeUpSpace campaign you can also, 'Save a Seat for Science.' For $5,000 name a seat in our GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome theater! Find out more ways to support this project at #TakeUpSpace.

Planned Giving

Through planned gifts, you may be able to make a bigger impact on Morehead than you ever imagined possible. In addition, you may be able to realize your financial and tax benefits to supporting Morehead through philanthropy. Learn more about planned giving to Morehead.

Host an Event

Individual and corporate supporters of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center who have given monetary donations of $2,500 in the last year, $5,000 over the past two years or $10,000 over the past five years are eligible to hold an event in one of our unique spaces. Plan an event in our State Dining Room, give a presentation in the Science Stage, or even host a private viewing of one of our planetarium shows. The sky's the limit, literally.

Special Fundraising Events

Morehead holds special event fundraisers each year. One of those is Jupiter Ball, a black-tie gala held in November that raises funds to provide access to Morehead programming for children from low-wealth schools. Funds pay for either a field trip experience at Morehead or a visit by one of Morehead’s traveling programs to visit the school.  Learn more about the Jupiter Ball.

You can support these events through ticket purchases and sponsorships. The philanthropic portion of tickets and sponsorships is tax-deductible.


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Adam Phelps

Assistant Director of Development