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AAVSO Funds 

The following is a list of the specific funds to which you may contribute. If you do not wish to specify how you would like your donation to be used, the AAVSO will determine the fund where it is needed most and place it there.

  • General Fund - This fund is an unrestricted fund and supports the AAVSO’s general operations.
  • Annual Campaign - Donations to the annual campaign support the essential and important day to day functions, as well as new programs and initiatives.
  • Director's Discretionary Fund – Contributions to this fund can be used at the Director's discretion for the benefit of the AAVSO. 
  • Janet A. Mattei Research Fellowship Fund - This fund enables a visiting scientist, postdoctoral researcher, or student to perform research at AAVSO Headquarters with the goal of disseminating the results throughout the astronomical community. 
  • Margaret Mayall Assistantship Fund - The purpose of the fund is to finance a research assistant(s) at AAVSO headquarters who works on variable star-related projects and research while learning about the AAVSO and variable stars in general. Only the accumulated interest and not the principal may be used. 
  • AAVSOnet Fund - This fund pays for refurbishment and maintenance of telescopes, cameras, mounts, computers, software and hardware required to operate the robotic telescope network. 
  • Sponsorship Fund - Funds donated to this program pay the membership dues for those active variable star observers who want to become members of the Association but cannot afford the dues, or meeting registrations for up to 10 students per annual meeting of the AAVSO. 


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