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Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.

  • Oviedo, FL
  • http://www.cfas.org

Mission Statement

The Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. (CFAS) a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded to increase public awareness of astronomy and astronomy-related issues such as light pollution, scientific inquiry and NASA astronomical missions.

As a not-for-profit institution founded for community education, we have a number of outreach programs aimed at the Central Florida community. We participate in the NASA Night Sky Network making presentations at our general meetings, outreach events and elsewhere in the community. Our members volunteer time at astronomy events sponsored by local schools, scout groups and other youth and community organizations providing telescopes, presentations and expertise to local youth and teachers.CFAS serves Orlando's four county metropolitan area. Comprised entirely of volunteers, CFAS provides astronomy related programs to public, private, and home schools (elementary, middle, and secondary) and the public at large.
CFAS members support the operation of the local observatories (University of Central Florida and Orlando Science Center) and the planetarium (Seminole Community College). Several of CFAS's active members have been published in well-known astronomical publications. The membership provides a forum for the interchange of knowledge and ideas between the experienced and those desiring to learn, removing the barrier of age.

Main Programs

  1. Outreach
  2. Astrofest
  3. Programs

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Service Areas

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Florida

CFAS serves Orlando's four county metropolitan area. Comprised entirely of volunteers, CFAS provides astronomy related programs to public, private, and home schools (elementary, middle, and secondary) and the public at large.

ruling year

1980

President

Self-reported

Mr. Francisco Gonzalez

Keywords

Self-reported

astronomy,astronomical,educucation,photography,photemetry,scout,school,hobby,telescope,youth,science

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Also Known As

CFAS

EIN

59-1820784

 Number

7236777905

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Astronomy (includes Observatories) (U31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Outreach

As a not-for-profit institution founded for community education, we have a number of outreach programs aimed at the Central Florida community. We participate in the NASA Night Sky Network making presentations at our general meetings, outreach events and elsewhere in the community. Our members volunteer time at astronomy events sponsored by local schools, scout groups and other youth and community organizations providing telescopes, presentations and expertise to local youth and teachers.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

None

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Program 2

Astrofest

Provide an opportunity for interested persons to view stellar objects over a weekend in a supportive atmosphere and dark sky environment

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Program 3

Programs

Presentations at membership meetings held at Orlando Science Center and the Seminole Community College Planetarium

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to increase public awareness of astronomy and astronomy-related issues such as light pollution, scientific inquiry and NASA astronomical missions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We plan to expand our outreach efforts by presenting more programs to more schools, scout groups and other Central Florida youth organizations. Focused targeting to the Central Florida community will allow us to let more organization become aware of the programs that CFAS can provide.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a database of schools and organizations that we can contact. We have a strong working partnership with the Orlando Science Center, University of Central Florida and Seminole State College. These partnerships will help identify a larger audience that we can offer our program to.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will track the number of outreach events completed as well as the number of outreach hours provided by our membership. We also track the number of people reached through our efforts. These numbers have increased year to year for the past eight years.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have had steady growth in all of our outreach metrics. The diversity of groups we service has also increased. We have seen an increase in repeat requests for our programs.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

CFAS serves Orlando's four county metropolitan area. Comprised entirely of volunteers, CFAS provides astronomy related programs to public, private, and home schools (elementary, middle, and secondary) and the public at large.

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Operations

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Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Mr. Francisco Gonzalez

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Francisco Gonzalez

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?