Scopes-4-Schools Inc. was founded in 2008 as a non-profit corporation. It currently runs two programs to support science and education in the U.S.
Equipment Donation Program
Scopes-4-Schools donates telescopes to grade schools, high schools, colleges and universities around the country for use in instruction and extra-curricular activities. Equipment that is donated to Scopes-4-Schools Inc. is refurbished if necessary and then often donated directly to a school. Non-repairable or non-usable telescopes and accessories are sold to raise money to fund Scopes-4-Schools Inc.
Education and Public Outreach
Scopes-4-Schools also organizes public outreach events at schools, libraries and other public venues. These events include star parties, presentations, and panel discussions to build public support for science research. Most research in the U.S. is funded with federal tax dollars. For this reason it is essential to the future of science that the public understands the importance of research.
How Can You Help?
Donations of equipment, money and/or volunteering time are always welcome. Any type of scientific equipment and accessories may be donated to Scopes-4-Schools Inc.
- Support science education in the classroom
- Build public support for scientific research
- Help teachers acquire much needed equipment
- Inspire students to learn more about science
To donate telescopes and equipment or volunteer your time please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary donations can be made by clicking on
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of telescopes are donated to schools?
Below are examples of the types of telescopes that have been or will be donated to schools:
Colleges and Universities: 8 inch - 14 inch SCT with and without mounts and tripods.
High Schools: 5 inch - 10 inch SCT with mounts and tripods, Hydrogen Alpha solar telescopes.
Grade Schools: 60 mm - 8 inch Goto telescopes and Hydrogen Alpha solar telescopes.
How do teachers and schools apply to receive a donated telescope?
Are donations tax deductible?
Scopes-4-Schools does not yet have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS- but the receiving institutions generally do and can often provide a donation receipt for charitable giving deductions. Before making a donation we suggest getting advice from your tax advisor.
How can I get additional information?
For more information call Richard Stember, Executive Director of Scopes-4-Schools Inc. at