The Gerard O’Neill Voyagers Circle: NSS’ New Society to Honor our Visionary Donors

Gerard O'Neill

Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill is author of The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, first published in 1977. It proposed the construction of giant solar powered cylinders, inside each of which as many as ten million people could live in space. Materials for these colonies would come from mining the Moon and asteroids. Manufacturing space solar power satellites to provide clean, limitless power for the Earth and in space would sustain the colonies, which would be built at the L4 and L5 Lagrangian libration points on the Moon's orbit at equal distances from both the Earth and the Moon. An object placed in orbit around L5 (or L4) will remain there indefinitely without having to expend fuel to keep it in position. The L5 Society, one of the precursors of the National Space Society, was founded around his ideas and from his mailing list. Although Dr. O’Neill never achieved his dream of retiring to one of these colonies, his ideas live on and are within reach of the technology of the near future, with companies such as Made In Space demonstrating additive manufacturing in microgravity and Deep Space Industries preparing to bring materials back to the vicinity of the earth or moon from the asteroids.

Planned Benefits:

blazerReceive a custom blue wool Voyager Circle Jacket, with its NSS logo brass buttons, NSS and Circle logos embroidered on interior pockets, and silk lining depicting beautiful images of O'Neill Cylinder Colonies by Don Davis and Rick Guidice, courtesy of NASA.* Wear it with pride and be recognized and honored at NSS events such as ISDC’s, Chapter Meetings, and Space Development Congresses. Enjoy a special meeting room and the ability to reserve a table for you and your colleagues at ISDC meals.

Our Bequests Coordinator will arrange meetings with NSS Leadership at ISDCs or calls at other times so you can discuss your ideas for the Society’s future, and desirable life experiences that NSS might be able to arrange for you and other Circle members (such as visits to NASA or commercial space partner facilities).

*The Blazers are manufactured in batches of 50 or more. The first batch of Blazers were presented at ISDC 2019 and there are some select sizes remaining for immediate shipping to new members. Otherwise, Blazers for new members is targeted for delivery or presentation on or around the dates of future ISDCs.


Entry Requirements:

  • A signed, non-binding Letter of Intent to remember NSS in your will, plus a $500 current gift.
  • A current gift through one of the tax advantaged means described on our website with a binding value of at least $5000.

Frontier MagazineCan I designate my gift to go to a specific cause I care about, or name my gift?

  • Gifts of less than $5,000 go into our general operating account to support NSS’ many programs in education and policy to advance our future as a spacefaring society.
  • Gifts and bequests of $5,000 or more are allocated between the NSS Investment Account, which is designed to generate funds for major near term projects, and the NSS Endowment Fund, which is being grown to provide supplemental funding for our programs in perpetuity.
  • In certain circumstance, dedicated and/or special named accounts can be set up for gifts and bequests of significant size.

The Gerard O’Neill Voyagers Circle Members

Chantelle Baier
Christine Becker
Sherry Bell
Don Boudeman
Bob Brodbeck
Randall Buss
Teresa Conner
Joshua Connor
Hoyt Davidson
Frances Dellutri
Burt Dicht
Richard Dowling

Art Dula
Lorna Jean Edmonds
Anita Gale
Alice M. Hoffman
Mark Hopkins
Paul Jaffe
Edwin Jones
Ronnie Lajoie
Scott Maclaren
Dave Pierce
Bruce Pittman
Timothy Raupp

Carol Redfield
Joe Redfield
Bina Rothblatt
Gabriel Rothblatt
Martine Rothblatt
Herman Rubin
Tanya Sienko
Dale Skran
John K. Strickland, Jr.
Stephen Trimberger
Miriam Winder

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the National Space Society a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the National Space Society, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1875 I (Eye) Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to NSS or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to NSS as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to NSS as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and NSS where you agree to make a gift to NSS and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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