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Space Foundation Receives Lagasse Trust Donation

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 18, 2018) — When Russell A. Lagasse passed away in Orange County, Calif, in 2009, his estate plan directed that a testamentary trust be established following the administration of his estate. The plan further directed that the trustees should use a portion of the trust assets for organizations that promote space travel.

After researching and reviewing organizations that fit within these parameters, the Space Foundation was selected by the co-trustees to receive a donation from the trust in 2016. Then in January 2018, the trustees elected to make another distribution to the Space Foundation, which will be used to support the Space Foundation’s STEM education programs, to inspire and prepare a future generation of space travelers.

“We are honored to be able to carry on Mr. Lagasse’s commitment and passion for space travel through our comprehensive and broad-reaching programs, and grateful to the trustees for their confidence in our work and ability to carry on the legacy of Mr. Lagasse,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Zelibor.

Planned gifts, such as this testamentary trust, enable individuals to make meaningful gifts to organizations that reflect their beliefs and values, while leaving a unique legacy to memorialize those values and beliefs by supporting them during their lifetime and beyond.
The Lagasse gift is being used by the Space Foundation to support its New Generation Space Leaders program, enhance its international space activities and programs and fund its education and Discovery Center curriculum and exhibits.

The Space Foundation educates the public about the importance of space travel and creates inspiring educational experiences for the next generation of space explorers, through its field trips and classes, Space in the Community program, Audience with an Astronaut and Discovery Center events and laboratory activities. Its education team includes international award-winning professional educators, master teachers and museum curators. To learn more about Space Foundation education programs, please visit

As a nonprofit organization, the Space Foundation depends on charitable gifts to help carry out its mission to inspire, educate, connect and advocate on behalf of the global space community. For information about gifts to the Space Foundation, please email [email protected].

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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