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About FOTO

The mission of Friends Of The Observatory is to support and promote Griffith Observatory as a home for science literacy, education, and public astronomy through resource development and advocacy in partnership with the community.

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

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 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

To be part of Friends Of The Observatory's future, we invite you to explore becoming a Member, a Volunteer, and other ways to give.

Audited Financial Statements

IRS Form 990

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