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About FOTO

For over 40 years, Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) has been the essential partner of Griffith Observatory. It is one of the rare public-private partnerships that really works. Whether on a large undertaking or a small request, FOTO helps the Observatory to shine for the public.

FOTO was founded in 1978 by Los Angeles resident Debra Griffith, her husband Harold Griffith (grandson of Griffith Observatory’s founder), and current Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp.

Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. FOTO supporters, members, employees, volunteers, and Board of Directors work together to fundraise and advocate on behalf of Griffith Observatory to ensure it has the resources to continue its mission of inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

To be part of FOTO’s future, we invite you to explore becoming a Member, a Volunteer, and other ways to give.

Friends Of The Observatory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 95-3374645.