Giving to NAE

Results - The Ursula Burns Challenge

In 2014, Ursula Burns (’13), Chairwoman and CEO of Xerox, challenged members of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 to collectively give $100,000 to enable a stronger, more proactive NAE. We are excited to announce that over $300,000 was raised for this Challenge and the giving participation rate from the three eligible classes was 37%. Many thanks to Ursula and the members who joined in this initiative.

Fran and George Ligler Challenge for Section 2 Announced

Fran Ligler, a member of the NAE Council and Section 2, and her husband George Ligler have pledged $100,000 to encourage giving by Section 2 members over the next 5 years or until the $100,000 goal is reached. As an incentive, this matching gift challenge will match, dollar for dollar, any increase in a Section 2 member’s giving above what he or she gave the previous year.

Celebrating 50+ Years of Engineering Leadership and Service

To celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2014, we developed five goals based on the theme “50 for the 50th.” Thanks to your support, NAE is on its way to thrive for another 50+ years!

Increase in Society Memberships and Leadership Gifts - chart

Percent Participation by NAE Section

The Charles M. Vest President's Opportunity Fund

Dr. Charles M. Vest passed away on December 12, 2013. He was president of the NAE from 2007-2013. During his tenure, Dr. Vest strengthened and augmented the strategic programs of NAE. He exercised his visibility as NAE president to play a prominent role nationally and internationally. He helped reshape the landscape of engineering education, research, and practice, the public’s understanding and perception of engineering, and the attributes future engineers will require to compete and lead in the emerging global economy.

To honor him and his service to NAE and the engineering profession, members and friends established the Charles M. Vest President’s Opportunity Fund in 2012, with a goal of raising $10 million.

This fund will support exploratory studies, seed new initiatives, and supplement existing strategic programs, as directed by future presidents of NAE. The fund will empower NAE to be proactive in identifying and leading initiatives to benefit the nation and engineering profession. The NAE cannot afford to lose precious momentum, or be late to the table, due to a lack of project funding.

Chuck Vest President's Fund

Gifts made in memory of Dr. Vest will support the Charles M. Vest President’s Opportunity Fund unless otherwise indicated.

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    Director of Development
    National Academy of Engineering
    2101 Constitution Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20418

    Phone: 202-334-3417