About us

Founded in Colorado Springs in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world's premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. We are a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium to be held each April.


The world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.


Be the preeminent resource for space education, a trusted source of space information, and a provider of exceptional forums for the exchange of ideas.

Space Foundation Strategic Plan

The Space Foundation strategic plan is based on three pillars, each focusing on our core strengths and capabilities. Our commitment to excellence includes placing great importance on the continued support and development of our team. We invite you to join us in our endeavors.



We will foster meaningful educational programs for science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and humanities related to the exploration, development, utilization, and settlement of space.
We will help to develop a workforce with critical thinking skills and to cultivate a populace that understands and supports a robust space program. We will provide pre-school to graduate level space education programs that prepare young people and educators for the scientific challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

We will increase the public use of our Space Foundation Discovery Center where we provide engaging, interactive exhibits that tell the story of space and its importance to everyday life. We will expand our strong philanthropic development program to support education and other space-related initiatives.


Space Awareness

We will build awareness for the value of space endeavors. Our space awareness responsibility extends to the general population and to women and men of influence including government officials and their staffs, media professionals, teachers and other academics, investors, and business leaders.

Through Space Foundation educational programs, publications, and industry events, we will bring accurate, substantive information to the people and organizations that have entrepreneurial, financial, political, and other material influence on the accomplishment of space goals. We will use our convening power to bring together diverse communities, thereby providing forums for robust discussion and new ideas.

We will build demand for The Space Report, white papers, web postings, and other products to enhance the reputation of the Space Foundation as a preeminent resource of space industry expertise and information.

We will nurture media relationships worldwide, and continue to expand formal, informal, and social media outreach. We will recognize space pioneers, discoveries, technologies, educators, and entrepreneurs to elevate public awareness of space achievements and their contributions to the world.


Service to the Space Community

The Space Foundation will offer a robust membership program. We will widen our spheres of community influence and provide members with useful information and important contacts to improve their productivity, profitability, and value.

Corporate membership will include companies of all sizes throughout the world, from all sectors of the space industry. We will create and conduct high-quality events and activities that leverage the Space Foundation’s reputation as the leading proponent for the entire space community.

We will integrate young professionals into our events and programs. We will collaborate with other space-related organizations to advance global space interests. We will work with national and international entities in the development and implementation of space policies that serve the industry and the public.

World Class International Organization

We are committed to excellence in all we do. We will maintain a foundation recognized as one of the best non-profit organizations to work for. We are committed to our employees’ professional development. We will ensure employees have the tools, training, and motivation to accomplish their jobs. We will promote and recruit the best-qualified people. We will develop a dedicated cadre of volunteers who support our vision, mission, and programs. We will encourage a diverse workplace. We will provide a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, and conscious of family and community interests.


In 1983, a small group of visionary leaders in Colorado Springs saw a need to establish an organization that could, in a non-partisan, objective and fair manner, bring together the various sectors of America's developing space community and serve as a credible source of information for a broad audience - from space professionals to the general public. The Space Foundation was founded March 21, 1983, as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization "to foster, develop and promote, among the citizens of the United States of America and among other people of the world ... a greater understanding and awareness ... of the practical and theoretical utilization of space ... for the benefit of civilization and the fostering of a peaceful and prosperous world."

As the global space community has evolved, so has the Space Foundation - embracing all facets of space. Rather than focusing on a narrow niche, we represent the entire global space community: space agencies; commercial space businesses and associated subcontractors; military, national security and intelligence organizations; cyber security organizations; federal and state government agencies and organizations; research and development facilities; think tanks; educational institutions; space entrepreneurs and private space travel providers; businesses engaged in adapting, manufacturing or selling space technologies for commercial use; and museums, publishers and entertainment media that inspire and educate the general public about space.

In the years since our founding, we have become one of the world's premier nonprofit organizations supporting space activities, space professionals and education. Our education programs have touched teachers in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Our Space Foundation Discovery Center is becoming a world-class education center and tourist destination. And, our annual Space Symposium is the premier event for global space professionals. The Space Report has become the authoritative guide to space activities. Our government affairs, international affairs and research and analysis programs are respected and consulted by companies, government agencies, policymakers, media, educational institutions and individuals throughout the world.



We could not do the work we do without the generous and tireless support of volunteers. If you are interested in space, this is the place to be. We provide meaningful work for our volunteers that contribute directly to supporting our mission. We offer both long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities assisting our education, operations, development, communications and marketing teams either at Space Foundation headquarters, our Washington, D.C., office or at the annual Space Symposium. Click here to meet some of the many outstanding volunteers who help support our mission. SEE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES »

Space Foundation Leadership


Space Foundation leadership inspires enthusiasm in their teams and are energetic in motivating engagement with the Space Foundation mission and vision. READ MORE »

Funding and Support

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our revenues are primarily provided by individual, foundation and corporate donations; corporate memberships; events fees; product sales; and fees for service.