Mark L. Carter
Senior Director of Development
Phone: 202.334.1768

Reggie Jackson
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 202.334.1809

Your Support is Vital to Our Work

In this fall’s appeal letter, President McNutt outlines the importance of having an authoritative voice that provides advice and guidance on issues like insufficient science literacy, lack of diversity in the scientific workforce, and public policy decisions that ignore scientific evidence. Your philanthropic support is instrumental in continuing our vital work. Join our members and friends by donating to the NAS Annual Fund today.

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.”

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