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

Phone: 202.334.1768

Donors Honored During Annual Meeting

On May 1, NAS President Marcia McNutt hosted 40 guests at the 2018 Elkan Blout Society luncheon to express her gratitude to those NAS members and spouses whose generous financial contributions have greatly enhanced our work as scientific advisor to the nation. Held during NAS annual meeting, this luncheon has become an annual tradition to recognize some of the NAS’ most charitable and loyal donors, and to welcome new members into three of our Academy giving societies: the Einstein Society, the Elkan Blout Society, and the Heritage Society.

This year’s luncheon welcomed four new members to the Einstein Society and twelve to the Elkan Blout Society. Thank you to all of our giving society members for their dedicated generous support.

If you have any questions or would like to know how you can become a member of our giving societies, please contact Mark Carter, NAS Director of Development at 202.334.1849 or

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.

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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