Venus Orbit bringing outer space to Downtown Miami

What happens when giving becomes contagious? The answer: big things. So big, it turns out, that the entire universe can be explored as a result, at least in theory.

Venus Orbit is a women’s philanthropy group dedicated to raising funds for the new Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science’s Planetarium. Launched this past October, the group is working to recruit 100 women who will each engage nine friends to become involved in the initiative.

These 1000 women will each donate at least $1,000 in support of the Planetarium. That amount will be matched by the Knight Foundation in a 1:2 Challenge Grant. The goal is to raise $1,500,000 for the new facility with the help of Miami’s female business and community leaders who believe in the mission of the Museum and are committed to improving science education in South Florida.

Miami Science Museum, Grimshaw ArchitectsVenus Orbit is shining a light on women in philanthropy; a recent study by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute has shown that women are more likely to make philanthropic donations than men. Cross-generationally, and across all giving levels, households led by women tend to be more generous in their giving than their male counterparts. By banding together, these women will help expand the learning opportunities at the new Frost Museum of Science for years to come.

Venus 1The dome-like planetarium will become a Downtown Miami icon, serving as a canvas for images projected from the furthest reaches of outer space. In addition, the Museum will house an indoor and outdoor Living Core Aquarium, with a series of tanks, indoor and outdoor habitats and a 500,000 gallon gulf stream tank. It will also feature interactive exhibits, the Knight learning Center, the Innovation Center and cafes.

Set to open in 2015, the new location will be a one of a kind facility for learning and exploration. Below are some photos of Venus Orbit’s founding members.