The following is a list of the AAVSO funds you can contribute to. If you do not wish to specify how you would like your donation to be used, AAVSO will use it however it is determined to have the greatest impact.
This fund is unrestricted, and supports the AAVSO’s general operations.
Director's Discretionary Fund
Contributions to this fund can be used at the director's discretion to benefit AAVSO.
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 AAVSO annual meeting.
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
This fund finances a research assistant(s) to work on variable star-related
projects and research at AAVSO headquarters, while also learning about AAVSO and variable stars in general. (Only the accumulated interest, and not the principal, may be used.)
This fund pays for refurbishment and maintenance of the telescopes, cameras, mounts, computers, software, and hardware required to operate AAVSO’s robotic telescope network.
Donations to the annual campaign support the essential and important day-to-day functions of the organization, as well as new programs and initiatives.