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The Carl Sagan Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 01/24/2018

At A Glance

The Carl Sagan Foundation, Inc.

200 Madison Ave.,

New York City, NY United States 10016


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1999 in NY - Founded in the name of the late Carl Sagan, who was an astronomer, astrochemist, author, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. He is world-famous for having written popular science books and for having co-written and presented the award-winning television series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," which has been seen by more than 600 million people in over 60 countries, making it the most widely watched PBS program in history. Sagan has received many awards, among them a Peabody Award, a John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award, a Hugo Award, and two Emmy awards for the "Cosmos" series.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation gives to continue the planet-wide campaign of public science education that was conducted by its namesake throughout his career. The foundation seeks to further public understanding of the goals, methods and findings of science; to identify and challenge the misuse of science and high technology, to inspire the young to think critically and to consider career pathways in science. The foundation sees its mission most urgently in those communities where exposure to science is likely to be minimal. .