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FAQs and Ways To Give


  1. Why does SETI Institute need donations?
    About 80% of SETI Institute’s work is solidly funded through NASA and other grants. We need to raise donations for the 20% that is not funded.
  2. What will my donation support?
    Donations support our namesake SETI research, astrobiology research, and our education and public outreach programs like SETI Talks and Big Picture Science.
  3. How much do you need?
    Generally, we need to raise about $2 million each year; our annual operating budget is about $16 million.
  4. Can I designate my contribution?
    Yes. We prefer to get contributions that we can apply to where the need is greatest, but we have many donors who wish to support the radio program or SETI searches. It’s up to you!
  5. How can I learn more about what SETI Institute is doing?
    Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and YouTube. Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter. Scroll through our scientists biographies for an excellent in-depth introduction to the fascinating research they undertake.

Ways To Give

  1. How do I make a donation?
    You can make a secure online donation here. You can also mail your contribution to our office: SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Avenue, suite 200, Mountain View, CA 94043.
  2. Credit card or Paypal?
    We take both. Credit card and Paypal
  3. Can I make a recurring gift?
    Yes, many donors elect to make monthly donations this way. Please follow the steps in the Credit Card or PayPal donation forms. You can also set up an Electronic Funds Transfer with your bank.
  4. I’m a Federal Employee; can I participate through the Combined Federal Campaign?
    Yes, we are a member of the CFC and have many donors who contribute this way. Use our CFC#11304 during the Combined Federal Campaign enrollment period.
  5. I would like to support you at a higher level, but don’t have the cash flow now. What else can I do for you?
    Consider making a pledge over a longer period of time; a pledge is a very generous gesture and helps us in many ways. Please contact the Development staff at donations@seti.org.
  6. How do I donate stock?
    Please give your broker this information to transfer stock to SETI Institute:
    • Brokerage: Morgan Stanley, Palo Alto
    • Account #: 112-123448-152
    • DTC: 015 Acct.
    • name: SETI Institute

    It is very helpful if you can let us know ahead of time the approximate value or # of shares of which stock. We let our Morgan Stanley broker know and they make sure it is sold promptly.

  7. My company might match my gift; how do I find this out
    Contact your HR department to find out if they match employees’ donations—most large employers and many small ones do.  They will have some paperwork for you to fill out. Make your own donation first and then let us know when you have applied to your employer for a matching gift.
  8. Can my company become a sponsor?
    Yes. We have several sponsorship opportunities now and a few more to roll out in early 2016. Please contact the Development staff at donations@seti.org.
  9. How do I get a receipt for my donation?
    When you make an online gift, you have the option to decline getting a paper receipt mailed to you. Otherwise, our practice is to mail you a receipt within a week of receiving your gift. Please contact the Development staff at donations@seti.org for any assistance you need.
  10. What other sort of assets can I give as a donation?
    Besides money, there are many other types of assets you can donate to charities. Some are best considered as part of a bequest or estate plan, but there are others—like real estate or business interests, IRA assets, antiques, art work—that can be donated during the donor’s lifetime. There are other ways to structure current giving through annuities, trusts and other vehicles that allow some donors to make larger gifts during their lifetime. Please contact the Development staff at donations@seti.org for assistance.
  11. Is my deduction tax-deductible?
    Yes. The SETI Institute is a 501 (c) (3) registered nonprofit organization. 
    Our Federal Tax ID is: 94-2951356.