Naming Rights

Be a catalyst in bringing the International Dark Sky Discovery Center to life.  Leading gifts offer naming rights opportunities for the entire building or for one of the major components.

Gifts & Pledges

The Gift and Pledge Program is intended for amounts of $10,000 or more.  Gifts are direct donations toward the project.  Pledges have been added as an additional option for those who have requested to make a pledge contingent upon the IDSDC reaching the funding level needed to commit to the construction of the IDSDC and putting a shovel in the ground.  Fulfillment of pledges would be requested at that time.

Our Gift & Pledge Program offers opportunities at a variety of levels:

SuperSTAR $1,000,000+
Champion $500,000 – $999,000
Defender $250,000 – $499,000
Protector $100,000 – $249,000
Proponent $50,000 – $99,000
Supporter $25,000 – 49,000
Advocate $10,000 – $24,000

Unless otherwise specified, gifts and pledges will be applied to the entire facility. However, are you passionate about a particular component?  If so, browse through the categories below to decide how you would like to direct your gift or pledge.

Dark Sky


The research-grade telescope will be open to the public, allowing guests to discover the cosmos up close! It will also be available for research after-hours and provide

a special opportunity for students to pursue AP astronomy classes and college internships.
Hyperspace Planetarium



Our 60+ seat planetarium will take guests to places they could never go on their own. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of extraordinary shows. Visit other planets, explore the universe, get a visual experience of pristine dark skies, and so much more.

Inspiration Theater



The 150-seat theater  will be a state-of-the-art venue for special presentations, lectures, documentary showings, and occasionally, great movies. It will be the only theater of its kind or size in Fountain Hills and can accommodate a variety of events.

Immersion Zone



Guests of all ages will lose track of time when they enter our Immersion Zone. It will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits to give them a deeper experience with the night sky, astronomy, and the impacts of light pollution on all life on earth.



Our lobby will be more than just a place to enter and exit. It will be filled with eye-popping exhibits and provide a unique venue for special events.



IDSDC is focused on STEM education for all students who visit. Our classroom will be a space for  hands-on activities, small group classes, and even birthday parties. 

Gift shop

Gift Shop

The gift shop will be a unique shopping venue in Fountain Hills. Our design will allow guests to stop and shop without purchasing a ticket to the facility.

Outdoor exhibits

Event Patio

Outdoor events on this patio under the night sky will offer outdoor telescope viewing, catering services, and access to our Dark Sky Observatory after-hours. 

Launch Crew Program

Our Launch Crew donors are a special group of people to help launch the project and get it off the ground. They turned their excitement for the International Dark Sky Discovery Center project into action by donating funds to help launch us…to get us off the ground. These donations begin at $100 and go up to $5,000 or more. There will be a special recognition display for this group

To make a donation to our Launch Crew Program, you can donate online or download our Launch Crew Program form and mail it to us.

Our Launch Crew Categories include:

$5,000 or more: Mission Controller

$1,000-4,999: Launch Founder

$500-999: Launch Patron

$100-499: Launch Sponsor

For any questions concerning donations, please click the button below to reach out to us.