Our Generous Donors
We acquired our world headquarters building in 2010 through the support of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation (now part of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce) and generous funding from El Pomar Foundation, the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund and the State of Colorado Economic Development Commission. The grant from El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs' largest and most-respected philanthropic organization, firmly established our home base in Colorado Springs and guarantees that we will hold our Space Symposium in the area until at least 2026. The State of Colorado grant cemented our plans to increase staff size and scope as we grow and expand programs.
Pictured above, right: Press conference announcing our building acquisition in February 2011
We renovated, updated and used stunning space graphics to "space-out" the office areas with construction funding from the Anschutz Foundation and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation before we moved into the new building in July 2011.
Pictured, left: Official open house festivities in January 2012
In 2012, Northrop Grumman funded the Northrop Grumman Science Center, including purchase of our Science On a Sphere® (SOS), which allowed us to open the first phase of our Discovery Center in October. We are now raising funds to expand the El Pomar Space Gallery, to add a teaching auditorium and to construct a Space Technology Hall of Fame®. Learn more here.
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