• Radka Z. Nebesky
    Director of Development
    National Academy of Engineering

Campaign for the NAE

Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change

Through the Campaign for Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change, the NAE seeks to strengthen its position as the trusted source for engineering advice for creating a healthier, more secure, and more sustainable world. Engineers are at the heart of solving global-scale challenges that affect all people. We are creative, diverse, forward-looking, and approach challenges as opportunities.

The success of this landmark effort depends on the entire NAE community coming together, and that includes you.

The Campaign for Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change—guided by our core values of independence, integrity, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—centers on the strategic priorities of people, systems and culture. 

Explore the ways you can get involved and help the Academy answer the call to provide leadership in a world of accelerating change.

Anniversary Giving Challenges

This year marks six decades of excellence, innovation, and progress for the NAE. During that time, our members and friends fueled efforts to provide trusted engineering advice, create a healthier world, and pioneer new horizons. 

As part of the Campaign for Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change, the NAE launched four anniversary giving challenges to mark this celebratory occasion. These challenges are not just about donating; they’re about leaving an indelible mark on the future as we pave the way for the next 60 years of transformative change through the Campaign.

Explore the anniversary giving challenges and learn more below.

  • 60 New Curie, Franklin, or Lincoln Society Members - Our lifetime giving societies recognize the generosity of our donors based on their lifetime giving total to the National Academies. Learn more about how you can join the Curie, Franklin, or Lincoln Society.
  • 60 New Named or Endowed Funds - Endowment funds are critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability and impact of the NAE. By establishing and growing these funds, we secure a stable source of income that enables the NAE to carry out our mission, not just today, but for generations to come.
  • 60 Planned Gifts - Planned gifts, or gifts that are part of financial or estate plans, are an easy way to ensure your legacy and the long-term sustainability of our programs and initiatives for future generations of engineering leaders. Contact Elana Lippa, Director of Planned Giving, to learn more about making a planned gift.
  • 60% Participation Rate - Academy Members’ participation in giving continues to be a visible indicator of the NAE’s vitality. An increase in the percentage of individual members who contribute annually signals a fiscally healthy organization. A donation of any amount increases the NAE’s overall participation rate.

Legacy Challenge

Planned gifts, or gifts that are part of financial or estate plans, are an easy way to ensure your legacy and the long-term sustainability of our programs and initiatives for future generations of engineering leaders.

Launched as part of the NAE’s Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change campaign, the Legacy Challenge seeks to add at least $3M toward the $100M campaign goal and mark the NAE’s 60th Anniversary in 2024. To learn more about how you can make a planned gift that aligns with your financial and charitable goals, please contact Elana Lippa, Director of Planned Giving.


EngineerGirl brings national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world's population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come. Learn more. 

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding early career engineers to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders. Learn more. 

Practices for Engineering Education and Research (PEER)

PEER will conduct studies, workshops, and other activities focused on equitable and inclusive engineering education and related research at the precollege and higher education levels. This program will consider the entire educational system, contextual influences on that system, and how elements of the system affect each other. PEER will bring together researchers and practitioners in engineering education and publish analyses to guide change. Learn more.

Cultural, Ethical, Social, and Environmental Responsibility in Engineering (CESER)

CESER will help expand the understanding of how cultural, ethical, social circumstances, and the natural and constructed environment affect the practice of engineering. It will promote consideration of these elements through its studies and workshops and engagement with engineers, educators, industry leaders, professional societies, government entities, and the public. Learn more.

Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Engineering for All (IDEEA)

IDEEA will conduct outreach programs designed to encourage youth, their families, and the educational community to explore and engage with engineering. Opportunities will be designed to support equitable and inclusive involvement in engineering and, among other programs, will include EngineerGirl—an internationally recognized NAE outreach effort, now in its 20th year, that engages middle- and high-school girls in learning about the exciting opportunities of engineering and introducing them to inspiring role models. Learn more.

Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems (FOCUS)

FOCUS is a multistakeholder initiative to advance understanding of complex technical and social systems and to identify unifiable approaches to better manage them. The forum will explore both perennials and frontiers of complexity in health, security, democracy, urbanization, and infrastructure, research and education, the economy, transportation, the environment, modern work, and civic life. It will publish concise perspectives with ideas, insights, and topical commentaries to guide executive decision making. Learn more.

The Committee on Human Rights (CHR)

The Committee on Human Rights, created in 1976, is a standing membership committee of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM), institutions composed of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists, engineers, physicians, and researchers. The CHR serves as a bridge between the human rights and scientific communities, in recognition of the importance of rights protection for scientific inquiry and the realization of human dignity worldwide. Learn more.

Naming Opportunities

Named programs, positions, and endowments provide opportunities that allow you to support our work while commemorating your contributions to providing leadership in a world of accelerating change.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Auditorium Seat Campaign

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center is an award-winning conference center situated on seven acres bordering the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. A critical part of the National Academies’ west coast presence, the Beckman Center provides a space to convene and engage members in the area.

You can honor mentors, friends, family, and colleagues—while also helping to strengthen the Beckman Center—by naming a seat in in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center Auditorium. Use our online donation form to name a seat today for $10,000. If you would like more information about how to make a pledge, please contact NAE Director of Development Radka Z. Nebesky.


Named programs allow the NAE to grow outstanding programs promoting engineering excellence.


Named endowed positions bring resources and prestige to the NAE, allowing the organization to recruit and retain exceptional talent. The additional resources help build excellent programs and leadership.


Your endowed fund can support the Empowering NAE fund or other current activities in broad areas such as K-12 education, diversity, international competitiveness, the environment, healthcare, energy, etc.

Additional opportunities exist and others can be created and tailored to your interest. If you would like more information on naming opportunities at the NAE, please contact Radka Z. Nebesky, NAE Director of Development.