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Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the HE Space Children's Foundation.

What do you mean by ” … to raise up an astronaut”?

Scott Millican, the Founder of the HE Space Children’s Foundation, has spent his life working with astronauts, training them and supporting them to achieve their goals. The company he established, HE Space Operations, supports space projects – many of its employees have contacts with astronauts in their work with the International Space Station (ISS). People who work in the space industry have a good education which has enabled them to take part in the space adventure. Every child looks at the stars and wonders what it might be like to see them closer; yet only a privileged few get the opportunity to even get close to that dream. We would like to bring that dream closer for the poorest children – and we believe education is the only way to make it happen. One child who makes the dream come true can inspire a whole generation of his or her countrymen to achieve their potential. By aiming high, we can still make a difference.

How much of my money goes to the children?

We keep costs low by using employees volunteeering their time for the projects and the administrative support. All Board members and other volunteers give their time for free. If volunteers wish to visit projects they pay for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Is the Foundation accredited and are my donations tax deductible?

Yes, the Foundation is registered and has a legal status in both the Netherlands as in the United States. Donations in the Netherlands and from the USA are tax deductible. In the Netherlands the Foundation has an ANBI Status (Tax accreditaion for charities), and in the United States you can donate through the NCF which entitles you to a tax rebate.

What happens to my money after I donate?

This is the most frequently asked question that we ask ourselves when we are asked to support a project. That’s the reason we will be informing you personally what we have done with the money you have donated. Donations for specific projects will go only towards these projects. 

How do I become involved?

There are many ways to get more involved in the work of the Children’s Foundation. You can donate money once or on a regular basis, or support a child through their education or choose a specific project you would like to help fund – go to Get involved. Employees can give their time by helping us maintain the website, by writing articles or raising funds. Email us to find out what you could do. We are also looking for companies and other charities who might wish to partner with us, please see “Get involved”.