Who Supports Us

Called the “most cost effective program of its kind” by a major funding agency, the Aspen Center for Physics takes pride in the fiscal responsibility that has allowed it to grow and prosper since its beginnings in 1961. We have a small administrative staff thanks to thousands of hours donated annually by Members of the ACP governing board. We are a center for physicists, run by physicists who handle all of the scientific matters, including programming, admissions, financing, and policy making.

Federal Grants

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported the Aspen Center for Physics since 1972 (current Grant #PHY-2210452). NSF funds support housing costs for summer program participants. The Department of Energy (DOE) formerly supported publication and secretarial costs for the winter program, and currently provides participant support for individual winter conferences. We have also received funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Corporations, Foundations and Individuals

Several corporations, foundations, laboratories and individuals have supported specific programs, building projects, and the endowment. We are grateful for their assistance in establishing the Center as one of the leading institutions  in theoretical physics world-wide.

How to Give

If you would like to contribute to the Center, contact us at acp@aspenphys.org or call 970-925-2585. You may make donations below or mail a check to the Aspen Center for Physics at 700 W Gillespie, Aspen, CO 81611. To inquire about legacy gifts, gifts of stock, and naming opportunities, please contact Emily Taylor, Communications and Development Manager, at emily@aspenphys.org or call 970-925-2589. Aspen Center for Physics is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. All donations are greatly appreciated and completely tax-deductible.

Together, we can push the boundaries of knowledge of the workings of the universe, from the smallest scales to the largest. Supporting the Aspen Center for Physics is one of the soundest investments you can make in the future. Physics research is at the root of many technological and environmental innovations that continue to improve the quality of life worldwide.

Aspen Center for Physics is an ideas incubator, a place where scientists from all over the world come to collaborate and re-imagine the future. The Center is an iconic institution, with a scientific impact far beyond its small budget. We hope you will consider supporting this meaningful work today.


Emily Taylor

Communications and Development Manager

700 W Gillespie Street
Aspen, CO 81611