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Donor Stories

  • Life-long Love for Astronomy Supports the Next 100 Years
    Life-long Love for Astronomy Supports the Next 100 Years
    As a boy, Bill learned Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory. While vacationing in Flagstaff in 1967, Susan learned the Apollo astronauts...
  • Visit to Lowell Turns into Lifetime Commitment
    Visit to Lowell Turns into Lifetime Commitment
    When Bruce and Sherry Kosaveach visited Lowell Observatory in 2010, they were duly impressed by the array of telescopes, the exhibits...
  • The Sutherland's Story
    The Sutherland's Story
    Stan and Dawn Sutherland retired to Flagstaff, Arizona via Cottonwood from their home in Wisconsin. Initially the Wisconsin's thought living in...

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
  • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
    Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of our organization. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event Lowell Observatory Foundation held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.