The purposes of the FAA are broadly defined to allow the support of prizes, scholarships, research and facilities.
FAA funds currently funds three initiatives:
- The David Allen Prize
For a published article which portrays an astronomical theme in an exciting and educative way.
- The Charlene Heisler Prize
For or an individual or group of school students who investigate a nominated astronomical theme and then present their ideas as a series of web pages.
- The Robert Ellery Lectureship for outstanding contributions in astronomy or a related field
These Prizes complement other ASA Prizes aimed at recognising excellence in practising and communicating astronomy:
- The Berenice Page Medal for excellence in original work in amateur astronomy
- The Bok Prize for the best senior undergraduate astronomical research report or essay
- Student prizes at ASA conferences for oral and poster presentations.
The ASA welcomes suggestions for other initiatives.
In the past, the FAA has also accepted donations for a Mount Stromlo Fire Fund to assist students affected by the fire at Mt Stromlo in 2003 that destroyed most of the observatory, including all the telescopes, the workshops, and most of the student housing.
(Note that, to comply with its tax-deductible status, the FAA makes it funds available through Educational Institutions, Scientific Institutions and other Eligible Institutions and must incur its expenditure principally within Australia.)
Please Support Australian Astronomy
The FAA's ability to support these and other activities depends on the level of funding available, and hence on the financial support of ASA members and the public. Your support is essential if the FAA is to diversify its activities and develop a significant role in Australian Astronomy.
We invite you to help support Australian Astronomy.
All donations are tax-deductible for Australian tax payers.
ASA members may make a donation when paying their annual ASA membership subscription.
Members of the public should forward a cheque made out to Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy or may use a credit card by simply providing the information on the following form.
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Your donation is tax-deductible (for Australian tax payers) and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
You may specify the cause your donation is intended to support, or make it available to the general purposes of the Foundation.
Please return this information (or this page) with your payment to ASA Treasurer.