New Starship Foundation began in August 2012 as an effort to preserve a Paramount-built Star Trek Enterprise-D display bridge (the style seen on the hugely successful TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation). Through stories on NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, A&E, Space.com, Geekosystem, Engadget, Syfy Blaster, CBC, Mythbusters’ Tested, Star Trek Magazine and hundreds of others, the Foundation’s success shot up overnight and quickly evolved into a project that sparked the imaginations of thousands of people from all around the world. Support continued from many Star Trek legends, including William Shatner, George Takei, Brent Spiner, Denise Crosby, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban and Ronald D. Moore. Expanding the Foundation’s purpose to include creating the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum has helped gain additional support from the cast and crew from Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Doctor Who, Helix and many other TV shows and films.
New Starship Foundation was approved as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS in less than two months and the California Board in only five days. The Foundation has raised over $200,000 from fans alone, has 100,000 followers on Facebook and millions of visitors to the website, and the support continues to grow.