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

Phone: 202.334.1768

Giving Opportunities

Your contribution to the NAS supports science-based advice on critical issues facing our nation. Please read our 2016 Stewardship Report to learn more about how a gift to the NAS helped science have a strong and effective voice.

NAS Annual Fund

Gifts to the NAS Annual Fund provide critical, unrestricted funding for the Academy’s ongoing role as a leading voice for factual scientific consensus on issues that affect society. Your gift to the NAS Annual Fund sustains current programs and initiatives while enabling the Academy to respond in a timely manner to emerging scientific concerns.

In addition, these unrestricted funds allow the Academy to sponsor symposia, roundtables, lectures, and forums on critical national and global issues. These activities are designed to educate and inform public policy, encourage education and research, and increase public understanding of science.

Most importantly, your unrestricted support enables the NAS to address the right question at the right time and effectively communicate the results to the right people.

NAS Endowment

Choosing to give a gift in perpetuity to the NAS Endowment provides long-term financial stability for the Academy. Endowment gifts are a powerful expression of commitment. These gifts will translate into a tangible benefit to the science community and the nation at large while ensuring the financial strength and stability that is vital to achieving the NAS mission – to promote the scientific welfare of the nation.


Highlighted below are some programs of the NAS that you can support directly. Follow the links below to learn more.

» Committee on Human Rights (CHR)

The Committee on Human Rights (CHR) began its work in 1976 by publicly denouncing the unjust treatment of eight scientific colleagues in Argentina, Uruguay, and the Soviet Union. Thirty-eight years later, thousands of appeals have been made and more than 1,000 cases have been resolved. Your gift aids the humanitarian work of the Committee and, thus, the cause of persecuted scientists around the world.

» Cultural Programs (CPNAS)

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) sponsors activities that explore the intersections among the arts, science, medicine, engineering, and popular culture. These include art exhibitions, lectures, films, concerts, the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), and the African American History Program. Your donation helps the NAS to fulfill its civic responsibility and ensure that these programs, offered to the public at no charge, can continue.

» Koshland Science Museum

The Marian Koshland Science Museum engages the general public in current scientific issues with interactive exhibits, educational programs, and website that provide information to stimulate discussion and provide insight into how science supports decision-making. The Koshland Science Museum relies on participation of science experts and the wealth of information in reports by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop exhibit content.

Located on the corner of 6th and E streets NW, the museum’s exhibits permit visitors to visualize the effects of public policy decisions on their daily lives and, more broadly, on the nation and the planet.

» Distinctive Voices

Distinctive Voices is a public lecture series that highlights innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in a stimulating and engaging forum. All lectures are offered free of charge. Your gift will help to increase public education and understanding of matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

» Kavli Frontiers of Science

The Academy's Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines. The symposia help to remove communication barriers between fields and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations among some of the world's best and brightest young scientists.

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