However you choose to give, the NAS appreciates your generosity, which allows us to proactively address critical scientific issues and enables us to take on activities intended to strengthen the role of science and science policy.


Giving Online

Online gifts are the most immediate way to support the NAS Annual Fund and/or program of your choice. To give online, use our secure online donation form and follow the instructions provided. You have the ability to make your gift as a one-time payment, or as a convenient recurring gift. Recurring donations can be paused, adjusted, or canceled at any time and they are predominantly paperless. A cumulative tax receipt will be issued to you annually.

If you would like to pause, adjust, or cancel an active recurring gift, please email

Giving by Mail

Our printable donation form provides an easy way to mail your contribution.

Checks made payable to the “National Academy of Sciences” should be mailed to our secure offsite processing center at:

National Academy of Sciences
Office of Development
P.O. Box 936138
Atlanta, GA 31193-6135

Giving by Phone

Please call the Office of Development at 202.334.2431, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except Federal holidays). You will be asked to provide the information requested on the donation form.

Employer Matching

Did you know that your gift may be eligible for matching dollars if a corporation or foundation with a matching gift program employs you or a family member? This is an easy way to double your donation. Please contact the administrator of your matching gift program to find out the steps you need to take in order to have your gift matched.

Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a mechanism that simplifies the administrative burden of fulfilling your philanthropic objectives. A DAF offers the favorable tax benefits of giving directly to charities with added flexibility around timing of gifts. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.

If you have a DAF with Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or the Bank of New York Mellon Charitable Fund; DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to the NAS directly from our website by using the DAF Direct Link.

All DAF grant recommendations should be mailed to our secure offsite processing center at:

National Academy of Sciences
Office of Development
P.O. Box 936138
Atlanta, GA 31193-6135

Qualified Charitable Distributions

A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) can save you income taxes, as well as help minimize your taxable estate and fulfill your philanthropic wishes. The gift amount counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution, and your taxable income is lowered by the amount of your QCD.

Important points to consider:

  • You must be at least age 70½.
  • The gift should come directly from your IRA account, in the form of a check.
  • The gift may come from a Traditional or a Roth IRA (special exclusions may apply to other types of IRA accounts).
  • Although there is no tax deduction, there is NO income tax on the withdrawal.

Please have your IRA plan administrator send a check to:

National Academy of Sciences
Office of Development
P.O. Box 936138
Atlanta, GA 31193-6135

Accompanying paperwork should identify (1) your name and address, and (2) whether your gift is intended for a specific program or for general unrestricted support.

Giving Stocks/Securities

A gift of long-term appreciated stock (more than 1 year) allows you to avoid capital gains tax while supporting our work. When itemizing your deductions, you can deduct the fair market value of the stock. If you choose this option, please complete our stock gift form and contact Shawn Neil, Director of Advancement Services, at 202.334.3823 or so that we can accurately initiate and credit your contribution.

Giving Professional Awards or Honoraria

Donating professional awards, honoraria, prizes, or other forms of payment can be a creative way to support the work of the Academy while potentially avoiding the taxable income. If you would like to learn more about how to donate an award or honoraria to the NAS, please contact Andrew Ho, Director of Development.

Planned Giving

Planned Gifts, also known as deferred or legacy gifts, are any gifts where the contribution to the organization is made well into the future. These gifts are often received to benefit the organization after the lifetime of the donor(s).

What are some common types of planned gifts?

Planned gifts can take many forms and are often unique to each donor’s financial and tax situation; however, some types of gifts are more common than others. Common types of planned gifts include:

  • Documenting gifts in wills and revocable living trusts,
  • Establishing charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, and
  • Donating real estate.

Visit our planned giving website to learn more about the opportunities that planned gifts can present to you. If you’d like to learn more about how you can document a planned gift with the NAS or let us know about an existing planned gift, please contact Elana Lippa, Director of Planned Giving, at 202.334.1817 or

Tax-Exempt Status

Gifts and grants are tax-deductible when made to the National Academy of Sciences, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which includes under its congressional charter the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and National Research Council. The NAS tax identification number is 53-0196932. For your reference, a copy of our 501(c)(3) Tax Determination Letter is available to download.

The National Academy of Sciences proudly adheres to a Donor Bill of Rights, allowing you, as a donor, to have complete confidence that your wishes will be respected.