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

Phone: 202.334.1768

Giving to NAS

In recognition of a $10.5 million gift from The Kavli Foundation, the NAS auditorium has been renamed the Fred Kavli Auditorium. The Fred Kavli Endowment Fund will provide unrestricted funding to allow the NAS greater flexibility in providing timely guidance on cutting-edge issues in science through new programs and policy studies. Read more in the official press release.

Spring 2017 Annual Appeal

In the 2017 NAS Spring Annual Appeal, President McNutt stresses the importance of supporting the NAS Annual Fund and how new initiatives such as America Asks; Science Answers wouldn’t be possible without support from members and friends of the Academy. Philanthropy allows the NAS to provide independent, objective, and expert scientific advice not just to policy makers, but to all sectors of society. Join your fellow NAS members to help the Academy better engage the public and policy makers with evidence-based science by making a gift to the NAS Annual Fund.

2016 Stewardship Report

Thank you to all of our members and friends who supported the NAS in 2016. Support from donors like you allows the NAS to serve as a leading voice for factual scientific consensus on issues that affect not only our nation, but the world as a whole. The 2016 Stewardship Report was created to provide you, the donor, with an overview of how your support made an impact. Private contributions to the NAS saw a 48% increase when compared to 2015, and unrestricted endowment gifts totaled $22 million. You’ll find many more highlights like these in the NAS 2016 Stewardship Report. Read our 2016 Stewardship Report to learn more about how your gift to the NAS helped science have a strong and effective voice.

Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment for NAS Missions

Announced at the 153rd NAS Annual Meeting, the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund will strengthen the Academy and provide future NAS presidents with unrestricted resources to flexibly respond to immediate and long-term issues. Additionally, it will:

  • Allow NAS to provide timely leadership on emerging, cutting-edge issues in science through new programs and policy studies.
  • "Help underpin the Academy’s roles: to validate scientific excellence; enhance the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guide public policy with science; and communicate the nature, values, and judgments of science to government and the public.“—Ralph Cicerone

Financial Independence

The NAS is an independent non-profit institution that does not receive an annual appropriation from Congress but instead is reimbursed on a project-by-project basis. Endowment income and private support are critical for the Academy to address urgent issues that government agencies or other entities are unable or unwilling to support.

Expanding the unrestricted portion of the NAS endowment is vitally important. The Cicerone Endowment Fund is a first step on a longer journey.

Double the Impact of Your Gift

The overall fundraising goal is $20 million. To help us reach this goal, the Simons Foundation has graciously issued a $10 million challenge gift to inspire and encourage others to invest in the future of science in America.

Your gift, pledge or bequest to the endowment will be matched and will initiate new projects and leverage other funding on urgent scientific activities. Your support not only honors the Cicerones, but also strengthens the foundation for the Academy's future. Read the press release announcing this ambitious challenge.

Please make a gift now.

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