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

Phone: 202.334.1768

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.

Fall 2017 Annual Appeal

In the 2017 NAS Fall Annual Appeal, President McNutt highlights why the Academy’s responsibility to provide independent, evidence-based advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology is more necessary now than ever before. Effective communication with policy makers, industry representatives, and the public will be an integral part of the NAS’ future, and your philanthropic support is an essential part of that process. 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 voice to better engage the public and policy makers with evidence-based science.

Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment for NAS Missions

It’s been a little more than a year since The Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund was created, and already our members and friends have helped us surpass 85% of our fundraising goal. Thank you! This is truly a heartwarming way for us to remember our friend and mentor, Ralph Cicerone, who served as president of the National Academy of Sciences for 11 years.

The Cicerone Fund was designed to initiate new studies and programs proactively, not in reaction to government decisions or external events.  It lets us lead on emerging, cutting-edge issues in science.

In Ralph’s own words, the fund is meant to 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 judgments of science to government and the public.

Already, donor support is helping us to launch The Science Behind It (previously provisionally titled America Asks, Science Answers). This new public engagement project is designed to help the NAS communicate more effectively with the public by providing brief, accessible, and understandable answers to questions that curious people have on topics with science at their core. A website containing 30 one-page answers to questions about topics like climate change, energy, health, natural hazards and natural resources will be presented in Q&A format with explanatory graphics, videos and interactive quizzes.

Generous people like you have contributed $8.6 million. The Simons Foundation has graciously agreed to match every donation until we reach $10 million. Our deadline for receiving funds or longer-term pledges is May 2018. Are you interested in hearing more about the Cicerone Fund and giving to NAS? Please contact Mark Carter, Director of Development for the National Academy of Sciences, or call 202.334.2431.

Financial Independence

The NAS is an independent non-profit institution that does not receive an annual appropriation from Congress but instead is reimbursed on a project-by-project basis. Endowment income and private support are critical for the Academy to address urgent issues that government agencies or other entities are unable or unwilling to support.

Expanding the unrestricted portion of the NAS endowment is vitally important. The Cicerone Endowment Fund is a first step on a longer journey.

Double the Impact of Your Gift

The overall fundraising goal is $20 million. To help us reach this goal, the Simons Foundation has graciously issued a $10 million challenge gift to inspire and encourage others to invest in the future of science in America.

Your gift, pledge or bequest to the endowment will be matched and will initiate new projects and leverage other funding on urgent scientific activities. Your support not only honors the Cicerones, but also strengthens the foundation for the Academy's future. Read the press release announcing this ambitious challenge.

Please make a gift now.

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