How the IDA Philanthropy Program is Making a Difference

The IDA Philanthropy Program is committed to making a difference in the lives of those we serve. We focus on four key areas: education, health, economic development, and social services.

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The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona, United States, founded in 1988 by Dr. David Crawford, an astronomical observer, and a group of citizens concerned about the impact of light pollution on astronomy and the environment.

In its mission statement, the IDA says it is “dedicated to protecting the night time environment and its heritage through quality outdoor lighting.”[1] It advocates for the stewardship of night time environments through educating policymakers and the public about “the value of dark skies”,[2][3] conducting research “on the impacts of artificial light at night on human health, wildlife, and energy consumption”,[4][5] and developing “quality outdoor lighting standards”.[6]

The IDA is best known for its International Dark-Sky Places program,[7] which recognizes places around the world “for their dedication to preserving dark sites through responsible lighting practices”,[8] as well as its efforts to oppose light pollution at a global level.

What is the IDA Philanthropy Program?

The IDA Philanthropy Program is a grants program that helps fund projects that improve the quality of life for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The program provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations that serve individuals with IDD, their families, and caregivers. The program is administered by the Autism Society of America.

How has the IDA Philanthropy Program Made a Difference?

Since its inception, the IDA Philanthropy Program has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals and families around the world. By supporting registered charities that provide vital services to those in need, the program has helped to improve the quality of life for many people.

Some of the ways in which the IDA Philanthropy Program has made a difference include:

– Providing financial support to registered charities that provide essential services to those in need, such as food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and crisis centres.
– Supporting educational initiatives that help children and adults to reach their full potential.
– Funding research initiatives that are working towards finding cures for diseases and improving healthcare facilities and services.
– Helping to preserve our environment by supporting charitable organizations that are working towards conserving our natural resources.


The IDA Philanthropy Program has been making a difference in the lives of many individuals and families around the world. Through the generosity of donors, the program has been able to provide financial assistance to those in need, helping them to cover basic living expenses and access essential services. The program has also supported educational initiatives, providing scholarships and opportunities for students to further their studies. In addition, the IDA Philanthropy Program has assisted with disaster relief efforts, providing aid to communities affected by natural disasters. By working together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

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