Friends of APOD (FAPOD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maryland.
In 2014, we started Friends of APOD as an all-volunteer organization to provide financial support for Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), a beautiful and informative astronomy website conceived and edited by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. Before FAPOD, APOD had no system to accept donations from its fans; we set up FAPOD to satisfy that need.
Funds raised by FAPOD, among other things, helps finance travel to represent APOD at conferences, make APOD presentations, and participate in APOD planning meetings. For example, in January 2016, FAPOD funded an APOD Splinter Meeting at the American Astronomical Society meeting (a major astronomy event) organized by Dr. Nemiroff,; that meeting brought these APOD podcasts to APOD’s attention, and now you know about them, too! How other educators use APOD is great information the editors can include in its yearly report to NASA to demonstrate the site’s effectiveness.
Please note that FAPOD is a separate organization from APOD; we have no input over what images appear on APOD and individual contributions to FAPOD are blind to APOD. (We do not reveal how much any individual donated; see exception.)
We are indebted to an anonymous Wookiee for hosting this site at no charge and to Judy Schmidt for her design and management of it.
~ Cathie Meetre, President & Alice Allen, Treasurer