Help Launch Lick Observatory

How You Can Help

For 126 years, Lick Observatory has defined the cutting edge of astronomical research, technology development, and public education. Our paramount goal is to continue these pursuits for decades to come.

You can make a difference. Read how.

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Share why Lick Observatory is important to you and help raise public awareness.

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Become A Friend

Initiate a longer-term relationship with Lick Observatory and at the same time receive valuable benefits by joining Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO).

The Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) supports Lick through fund-raising and community outreach. FoLO also offers members many opportunities to participate in the Lick community and enjoy special connections with the telescopes, scientists, and science programs. Friends of Lick Observatory offers membership levels to suit everyone!

Make a Tax Deductible Gift

Gifts of all sizes are appreciated. All gifts to Lick Observatory are processed through the UC Santa Cruz Foundation.

To donate online, click the button below:

Make A Gift tp Save Lick

If you would prefer to send a check, please mail it to:

UCO/Lick Observatory
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Checks should be made out to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation with Lick Observatory written in the memo line or on another sheet of paper. Please note that the UC Observatories (which includes Lick) are headquartered at UC Santa Cruz and operate on behalf of the entire University of California system.

If you would like to speak with someone in more detail about the specific needs at Lick Observatory, please contact Rebecca Zeilon, Sr. Director of Development at 831-459-4240 or

Contact UC Office of the President

Urge UC President Janet Napolitano to continue UC's core support for Lick Observatory. Look here to see other examples of comments.

Write to:
Office of the President
University of California
1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607


Contact the UC Regents

Inform the UC Regents about the importance of Lick to UC, astronomy, and the community.

Write to:
Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents
1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607


Send Your Comments and Ideas

Write to:
Office of the Director
University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory
375 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95064


Our Generous Donors...

Ken and Gloria Levy are honored by UCO Director Mike Bolte in recognition of their major gift which enabled the forefront Doppler spectrograph on the Automated Planet-Finder telescope.

William and Marina Kast with Alex Filippenko and Sandy Faber. The Kast Double Spectrograph, which is the workhorse instrument at the cassegrain focus of the Shane 3-m Telescope, was made possible by a generous gift from William and Marina Kast. They have also made a second, very generous grant to upgrade its detector.

Alex Filippenko and Jim Katzman

Jim Katzman with Alex Filippenko. The Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT), which has been the world's most successful nearby supernova search engine, was made possible by a generous donation from the Sylvia and Jim Katzman Foundation.

Together, we can support Lick.