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NSS honors Herman Rubin and William Brophy, who so generously included NSS in their bequests. Dr. Herman Rubin was a Purdue Professor of Statistics and Mathematics and one of the greatest polymaths of his era. He had his lawyer do an exhaustive search to find the organization to best promote the goal of space settlement which led him to choose NSS. William Brophy led a simple life, washing dishes at a café for many years. When asked why he included NSS in his bequests he said, “Because I love space so much and want them to benefit should there be any money available.” NSS is blessed to have donors like this from all walks of life. Read more about Herman Rubin and William Brophy.

Thank you for interest in supporting the education and outreach activities of the National Space Society. There are many ways in which you can make a donation to NSS.


In addition to the above options, you can also make a donation by check to NSS by using our print donation form.

If you are a Federal Employee, please be aware that you can give a recurring donation via the Combined Federal Campaign Payroll Deduction Program (CFC).

NOW! You can also donate your vehicle. All it takes is a click: Donate your vehicle. Your vehicle will be picked up and there’s no stress for you. We do everything. Your pride and joy can be running or not but it does need tires.

We now have a new option you can use to help us in our work: A tax-free IRA transfer to NSS (401Ks can also be rolled over to IRAs for this). If you have any questions or need help let me know.  [email protected]

Your monetary contributions are vital to the health and growth of NSS.  Your tax-deductable donations enable us:

  • to perform educational outreach and manage related projects;
  • to improve the benefits and services to our members;
  • to provide member-only discounts on NSS events and merchandise;
  • to offer reduced-rate memberships to Students and Seniors;
  • to support our volunteer national leaders and local Chapters; and
  • to work in cooperation with our Affiliates and other organizations.


Other ways to support the National Space Society

  • You can purchase NSS branded products from the NSS Space Store
  • Have businesses send us money when you shop via the eScrip program
  • Shop for books and other merchandise on Amazon using our NSS Amazon Associates Program linkAny purchase you make at Amazon using our link to get to their site will benefit NSS and will not cost you a penny. Bookmark this link!

About NSS donors Herman Rubin and William Brophy


William Brophy

The National Space Society is honored to celebrate the life of William (Bill or Billy) Brophy, who so generously included NSS in his bequests. Mr. Brophy was born August 1, 1956 in Montevideo, MN and lived out his life in western Minnesota until his passing last year at the age of 59. His friends described him as a very private individual, unsuspectingly smart and knowledgeable and with a quirky sense of humor. Billy also had a love for the stars and space and was a huge Star Trek fan.

He was a voracious reader of books and magazines about space and dreamed of going to the Moon and exploring space. He knew, however, that this would not be his reality. When asked why he included NSS in his will he told a friend, “Because I love space so much and want them to benefit should there be any money available.”

Mr. Brophy was a hard worker living a simple life one day at a time. He washed dishes at a local café for many years and later in life worked for a business assembling items for other businesses. In time, a disability prevented him from continuing that work. He also collected and recycled pop cans throughout his life on a daily basis. He enjoyed going to the movies weekly, watching TV, bowling and of course reading. A fall on ice sent him to the hospital where he fought hard as things progressed negatively. His friends say he had an inner strength and fought till there was no more fight.

NSS is blessed to have had Bill Brophy as a life-long friend and supporter. His bequest was deeply appreciated by all of us. We offer our sincerest condolences to his surviving friends and family. He truly was a remarkable man.

Herman Rubin

While attending grammar school in Chicago, Rubin invented a rocket ship to Mars. In high school, he discovered the magic of algebra. At the prestigious University of Chicago, he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics. He was Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Mathematics at Purdue University. His Purdue obituary reads: “Herman Rubin was among the last remaining greatest polymaths of the twentieth century.”

Rubin wished to encourage high net worth individuals to support mankind’s expansion into space. When asked the secret of his wealth, he coyly replied: “compound interest!” He wanted to leave a bequest to the organization that can best promote space settlement. He had his lawyer do an exhaustive search to find the organization to best achieve that goal and this led him to the National Space Society.

Thank you, Professor Rubin!

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