Mark L. Carter
Senior Director of Development
Phone: 202.334.1768

Reggie Jackson
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 202.334.1809

Fall Membership Participation Update

With year-end already around the corner, here’s an update (login required) on where member participation stands as of Sept. 13. Member giving is a visible indicator of an organization’s vitality, and frequently viewed as an indicator of a healthy institution worthy of additional support by foundations and other private philanthropists. Sections 61, 25, and 33 are currently leading, but there is time left for other sections to catch up. Your participation and support of the NAS truly makes a difference. Make your gift now to help your section and give science a strong and effective voice.

2018 By the Numbers

Many thanks to all of our members, friends, and staff who supported the National Academy of Sciences in 2018. We know that there are many worthy causes, and we are pleased that you chose to support the NAS. Private support plays a critical role in everything we do—from public engagement programs, to the work of our Committee on Human Rights, to our efforts to represent American science internationally, to our core role as advisors to the nation.

Read our 2018 By the Numbers impact statement to learn more about how your gift to the NAS helps science have a strong and effective voice.

A Gift for a Better Future

For many years, Whitney MacMillan has been an active volunteer at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and together with his wife Betty, they have also been generous supporters. After serving for 12 years on the Board on Agricultural Science and the Division of Earth and Life Sciences Committee, Whitney knows firsthand the impact of the work of the Academies.

“The National Academy of Sciences is the leading science institution in the United States,” Whitney explains. “This is the reason we give money to the Academies.”

Most recently, Betty and Whitney decided to give a $1 million gift to fund an endowment at the National Academy of Sciences, the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Fund. Proceeds from the Fund will support timely projects, including studies and research, with an emphasis on activities initiated by the NAS. The MacMillans think unrestricted endowments are the most valuable asset for an organization and its leaders to have at their disposal.  “We believe an endowment is to not-for-profits what working capital is to business,” says Whitney.

As the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cargill for 19 years, and a leading philanthropist, Whitney understands the needs of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and the importance of collaboration and flexible resources to effect change. 

“We are honored to help the NAS be proactive in ensuring that science and evidence are an important part of the decision-making process to better position the nation for a sustainable, prosperous future.”

The Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics

Since the passing of Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani in 2017, the NAS has launched a fundraising initiative to create an endowment to rename the NAS Award in Mathematics to the "Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics." Elected to the NAS in 2016 and the first woman to win the Fields Medal, we could think of nobody more deserving to have the NAS Award in Mathematics named after than Maryam. The prize will recognize early to mid-career mathematicians who have exhibited excellence in research in the mathematical sciences. Support our effort to honor Maryam by making a gift today or establishing a multi-year pledge by contacting Mark L. Carter, Director of Development, at

NAS Surpasses Simons Foundation $10M Matching Grant

It’s been two years since the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund was created, and we are very pleased to report that thanks to the generous gifts from so many of our members and friends we surpassed our $10 million goal for the Endowment. This is a truly phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the high regard with which we hold Ralph and Carol.

Thank you to all of the members, friends, and staff that stepped up to ensure we hit our goal by the May 31st deadline. In the final push to reach the goal, we achieved the largest single day of philanthropic giving in NAS history. We are grateful to the Cicerone Fund fundraising committee chaired by Dick Atkinson, as well as to the Kavli Foundation, whose generous gift closed a big gap at a crucial time.

In Ralph’s own words, the endowment will “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 judgements of science to government and the public.”

Thank you!

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