Donate to SETI@home

"SETI is probably the most important quest of our time, and it amazes me that governments and corporations are not supporting it sufficiently."
- Arthur C. Clarke 2006

Thank you for considering a donation to SETI@home.

SETI@home is a nonprofit educational and research organization that relies significantly on donations to continue operations. E-mails are currently being sent to all our users asking for their help. This process takes time (we expect to be finished by December 25th). Perhaps your spam filters blocked our e-mail. If you haven't gotten your e-mail yet, you can always read it online.

And don't forget to tell a friend about SETI@home - we can always use more computing power!

Answers to frequently asked questions:

Q: Can I confirm my donations on-line?

A: If you already contributed, you can click here to see a list of your donation(s).

Q: How much money did you receive so far?

A: Here is a recent history of contributions to SETI@home.

Q: How is my donation spent?

A: Donations will be spent on staff salaries, server hardware, network bandwidth, and other expenses. See our current budget.

Q: How much of my donation actually goes to you?

A: Over 89% of your donation goes directly to SETI@home; the rest goes to the University of California, and pays for our office space, server room, and electricity.

Q: How private is your mailing list?

A: SETI@home does not share its mailing list with any other organization.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?

A: If you are in the United States, your donation is tax-deductible. The University of California is a nonprofit educational and research organization governed by the provisions of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The University's Federal Identification number for reporting and tax purposes is 94-6002123.

Q: What if I'm not in the U.S.?

A: The conditions for tax deductibility described above may only be applied to taxes paid within the United States of America. For any other country or territory, the local legislation and/or International Conventions may sometimes allow you to benefit from similar local deductions, which would apply for the reasons of supporting educational projects and scientific research. You must verify these conditions yourself.

If you have any further questions, please send e-mail to: donors@ssl.berkeley.edu.

  How to Donate

You can make a secure, on-line donation to SETI@home using your credit card or VISA check card.

If you have a SETI@home account, please make sure the e-mail address you enter on the gift form exactly matches the one in your account. Then after the donation is processed the icon will appear next to your name on our website (in stats pages, message boards, etc.) for the following year. If you wish to keep this donation anonymous, please still enter in the correct e-mail address, but also enter the word "anon" anywhere in the field labeled "Special Instructions for this gift." You will have the option to make donations anonymous later on. Minimum donation is $10.


Click here to make an online credit card or VISA check card donation

Other ways you can donate:

  • If you would like to set up a monthly/quarterly donation directly from your checking/savings account, please fill out this form and send it to the address at the bottom (make sure to put "SETI@home" as the fund name). Warning: since this method is not automated you may not get a green star after your donation is completed.
  • If you want to donate by check/money order, please follow the instructions on this form.
  • You can also donate hardware.
  • PayPal users:
    We have temporarily suspended direct paypal donations due to some communications difficulties. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
  • We can also accept gifts by wire transfer. Please contact the Assistant Manager of Gift Administration at 510-643-1372 or by email for instructions on how to make a wire transfer.

Thank you for contributing to SETI@home.