There are many ways that you can support the MMSD Planetarium. Of course bringing groups to the planetarium and attending our public shows are two of the easiest ways! But you can also attend our fundraising events, join our Friends of the Planetarium organization, or make a tax-deductible donation to the planetarium through the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. All money received through our fundraising events, "Friends" organization, and donations goes toward future upgrades to the planetarium.
Current Goals for Upgrades:
- New seats (actual planetarium seats, like theater seats with support for your head)
- Digital planetarium projector (greatly enhances our ability to simulate the view from anywhere on or OFF the Earth, and teach astronomical concepts)
- New carpet and wall coverings (aesthetic and acoustic upgrades)
How to Donate to the Planetarium through the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools
Give a Gift Using a Check:
Simply download the FMPS Donation Form , and mail it in with your check. On the form, check the 4th box under "Use of my gift", and the name of our ABC Fund is "MMSD Planetarium Fund."
Give a Gift Using a Credit Card:
- Foundation for Madison's Public Schools Go to
- On the left side of the website is an option to DONATE in a red color. Click on DONATE.
- Scroll down on the page. The fourth category of funds a person can make a gift to is “Give a gift to an ABC Fund.” Click on the red CONTINUE under that paragraph.
- At the top is a pull-down menu that says “My donation should be made to...” Click on the menu and find the MMSD Planetarium Fund. [Note that Internet Explorer users need to upgrade to version 9 or higher for the pull-down menu to work.]
- Complete the information requested on the FMPS website. The “Comment” section can be used to write that the gift is in memory or honor of someone, or any other pertinent information about the gift. When done, click on “Continue to PayPal.”
- If you have a PayPal account, you can use your account to make the donation. If you do not have a PayPal account and do not wish to set one up, you can use the section titled “Don't have a PayPal account?” and click on “Continue.” PayPal will then ask for address and credit card information to complete the gift.
Our mission is to inspire and educate people of all ages in the areas of Astronomy, Space Science, and science in general. Thank you for helping us to work toward that goal!