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Thanking our donors ...

posted Friday February 22, 2008

Through the generosity of donors who support Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's mission, MPSC exceeded its donation goals in 2007 nearly two-fold.

This reflects the success of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's "Carolina First" fundraising campaign, which exceeded its campaign goal with a total of $2.38 billion in donations.

MPSC received $5.8 million in donations during the campaign, which was 195 percent of its $3 million campaign goal. Contributions came from members, corporations, foundations and other donors.

Donations to MPSC fund a variety of program and facility needs, according to Carol Vorhaus (development director, September 2004–June 2008).

"Morehead enjoys tremendous support from friends who believe in our mission of science education," Vorhaus said. "We are grateful to partner with our donors in providing educational programs to 140,000 visitors every year."

MPSC relies on donations for nearly one-third of its operating expenses. Another one-third, approximately, comes from sales revenue (ticket and gift shop sales) and the remainder comes from state and federal funding through The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, of which MPSC is a unit.