Mark L. Carter
Senior Director of Development
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202.334.1768

2017 By the Numbers

Many thanks to our members and friends who chose to give to the NAS last year. We know that there are many worthy causes, and we are pleased that the NAS is one you choose to support. We prepared a brief synopsis of the NAS’s 2017 highlights to share with you. Science improves society in so many ways, and private support allows the NAS to address complex and challenging scientific issues critical to our nation’s future. Read our 2017 By the Numbers impact statement to learn more about how your gift to the NAS helped science have a strong and effective voice.

Spring 2018 Annual Appeal

In the 2018 NAS Spring Annual Appeal, President McNutt emphasizes the Academy’s responsibility to provide independent, evidence-based advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology and how we are working to better engage the public and policy makers. In a time when misinformation is becoming more prevalent, our role in communicating science-based advice on critical issues facing our nation is becoming more urgent. Join President McNutt and your fellow NAS members by making a gift to the NAS Annual Fund to help strengthen the Academy and give science a strong and effective voice.

Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment for NAS Missions Matching Gift Deadline May 31st

It’s been two years since the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund was created, and already our members and friends have helped us reach 95% of our fundraising goal. Thank you! This is truly a heartwarming way for us to remember our friend and mentor, Ralph Cicerone, who served as president of the National Academy of Sciences for 11 years. Thanks to a generous matching gift provided by the Simons Foundation, your gifts and pledges to the Cicerone Fund have double the impact, but only until May 31st! All pledges will have up to 3 years to be fully paid off and will count towards the 1:1 match.

The Cicerone Fund was designed to initiate new studies and programs proactively, not in reaction to government decisions or external events. It lets us lead on emerging, cutting-edge issues in science.

In Ralph’s own words, the fund is meant to help underpin the Academy’s roles in validating scientific excellence; enhancing the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guiding public policy with science; and communicating the nature, values, and judgments of science to government and the public.

Already, donor support is helping us to launch The Science Behind It (previously provisionally titled America Asks, Science Answers). This new
public engagement project is designed to help the NAS communicate more effectively with the public by providing brief, accessible, and understandable answers to questions that curious people have on topics with science at their core. A website containing 30 one-page answers to questions about topics like climate change, energy, health, natural hazards and natural resources will be presented in Q&A format with explanatory graphics, videos, and interactive quizzes.

Generous people like you have contributed $9.5 million. The Simons Foundation has graciously agreed to match every donation until we reach $10 million. The deadline for receiving funds or pledges is May 31, 2018. All pledges made to the Cicerone Fund by May 31st will have up to three years to be fully paid off, and will have double the impact thanks to the generous 1:1 matching gift provided by the Simons Foundation. If you are planning to support the NAS in the next three years, make a pledge today and increase the impact of your support!

Please contact Mark Carter, Director of Development for the National Academy of Sciences, or call 202.334.2431 if you are interested in making a pledge to support the Cicerone Fund. You can also make a one-time gift online through our secure online gift form.

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