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 support our early efforts. 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

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 option for those who would like to make a pledge contingent upon the IDSDC reaching the funding level needed to commit to construction. We encourage you to fill out the Gift & Pledge Form below and speak with one of our project organizers.

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









$500,000 – 999,000

$250,000 – 499,000

$100,000 – 249,000

$50,000 – 99,000

$25,000 – 49,000

$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.

Hyperspace Planetarium
Inspiration Theater
Immersion Zone

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.

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.

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

Guests of all ages will lose track of time when they enter our Immersion Zone. It will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits that demonstrate how important dark skies are to the well-being of humans, plants, and animals.

Naming Rights

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

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