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The SpaceKind Foundation

Crew of Spaceship Earth

aka Yuri's Night, Cosmic Odyssey Scholarship, AstroAccess   |   Covina, CA   |  https://www.YurisNight.net

Mission

The mission of The SpaceKind Foundation is to use the excitement and inspiration of space as a catalyst for educating and developing the next generation of explorers. We fulfill this mission through a commitment to empowering leaders, building communities, bridging cultures, encouraging science literacy, and promoting a sustainable and peaceful future.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Tim Bailey

Founder

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

Main address

440 N Barranca Ave #6104

Covina, CA 91723 USA

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Formerly known as

Space Generation

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

Yuri's Night

EIN

27-3913174

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (U01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Yuri's Night Los Angeles

Yuri’s Night under Space Shuttle Endeavour brings together diverse communities to ignite curiosity, foster participatory exploration, and further the understanding and benefit of human spaceflight in society using accessible means and inclusive programming.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Yuri’s Night under Space Shuttle Atlantis brings together diverse communities to ignite curiosity, foster participatory exploration, and further the understanding and benefit of human spaceflight in society using accessible means and inclusive programming.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In addition to hosting events under space shuttles in California and Florida, we also support the creation of local events around the planet (and beyond!) with resources including logos, music, videos, contacts, and best practices. These events are all listed and publicized on our site to empower small groups to make a large impact in their local area. Throughout the year, organizational leaders and volunteers regularly mentor new event hosts to support their events from concept to execution.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Cosmic Odyssey Scholarship sends families affected by pediatric cancer to incredible, all-expenses-paid trip to custom Family Space Camp weekends in Huntsville, AL. The scholarship was conceived by Niko Blanks, a childhood cancer survivor himself as well as a four-time US Space Camp attendee. Niko found Space Camp to be a place where he renewed his confidence and passion for space exploration. This program is made possible through donations and a partnership with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. As of 2022, we have sent 17 families (a total of 64 people!) to Space Camp.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Families

Mission: AstroAccess will launch a group of disabled scientists, veterans, students, athletes, and artists on a historic parabolic flight with the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) as the first step in a progression toward flying a diverse range of people to space. These “AstroAccess Ambassadors” will experience weightlessness and carry out lunar gravity, Martian gravity, and zero gravity observations and experiments investigating how the physical environment aboard space vessels should be modified so that all astronauts and explorers, regardless of disability on Earth, can live, work, and thrive in space. AstroAccess Ambassadors will not only participate in a parabolic flight, but will use their platform to act as public advocates for global disability access in STEM.

Our first parabolic flight will fly on ZERO-G on October 17, 2021, with the ultimate goal of flying one or more team members to space in the coming years. This project is being initially supported through The Whitesides Foundation and is part of the SciAccess Initiative, a collaborative international effort dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in STEM.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
People with physical disabilities
People with vision impairments

To further our goals of developing the next generation of leaders, Loretta Whitesides has led the development of our SpaceKind Training program based on her book "The New Right Stuff." The 8-week online program is offered 2-3 times per year at both beginner and advanced levels. Participants work in pairs, small groups, and teams to clearly articulate their ambitions and goals, assess their existing habits, institute a plan for reaching their goals, and create a support structure to enable their long-term success. The program has over 100 graduates as of the end of 2022 and several new projects have been developed (and incubated!) under this project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fiscal sponsor for emerging projects and organizations, supporting aligned initiatives with financial systems and leadership development. These include:
- The Analog Astronaut Conference
- The ZG4STEM Foundation
- The Proctor Foundation
- AstroAccess

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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The SpaceKind Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Loretta Whitesides

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

No Affiliation

Timothy James Bailey

No Affiliation

Chris A. Lewicki

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

Disability