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

Phone: 202.334.1768

Giving to NAS

Our mission is to address the right issues, through national dialogue, at the right time, and effectively communicate the results to the right people.

We have only one option in solving the problems that we, as a society, face—the application of human knowledge and ingenuity. No other institution is better positioned or prepared to generate creative, cross-cutting solutions to problems of national and global scale than the National Academy of Sciences. But the Academy cannot take on this important role without your support.

In an era of federal cutbacks and narrowed perspectives, private support can make a difference in the Academy's ability to provide timely, objective, and rigorous analysis. Whether you decide to make an unrestricted gift to the annual fund, designate your support to a specific project, or make a bequest through your estate, your support will make a difference.

Impact of Private Support

   When private philanthropy funded Rising Above the Gathering Storm – a 2007 report calling for broad-based action to strengthen the U.S. science and technology enterprise in our country – policymakers listened. Federal and state legislation, private sector initiatives, and a continuing discussion of the issues raised by the report are strengthening the foundation of America's competitiveness.

“The reputation of the academies for independence and excellence was the key factor in being able to assemble a team of 20 experts – without refusalto serve pro bono on the Gathering Storm committee. The academies' reputation was the primary reason we received instant access and credibility from the highest levels of our nation's leaders.” --Norman Augustine, committee chair & NAS/NAE member


$1.5M Gift Establishes Award for Scientific Discovery

March 2014 -- Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has made a gift of $1.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to establish the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery in honor of RCSA's past president, John P. Schaefer. In addition to RCSA, the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation was a major contributor to the award fund.

This new $100,000 prize will be given biennially to recognize an accomplishment or discovery in basic research within the past five years. The fields of science for each presentation will rotate from among chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, astronomy, physics, and materials science, with the inaugural award presented in 2015 for a recent discovery in chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysics.

$3.5M Gift to Establish Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

February 2013 -- Richard C. Atkinson made a generous gift of $3.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to establish the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences.

"Because of the dedication of many brilliant researchers, the psychological and cognitive sciences have seen incredible advances in the past decades," said Atkinson, president emeritus of the University of California and professor emeritus of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. "This award is intended to recognize and support scientists in improving our understanding of how the mind works."

Thank You Donors! Your generous support enables us to advance the role of science and science policy, and disseminate our work to a broader audience resulting in even greater impact.

In 2014:

$1.9M raised to support NAS programs.
$2.9M in new planned gift expectancies.
$4.3M in endowment gifts received.

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