Giving at the NAE

Private support enhances our capacity to be a public voice for engineering.

  • Radka Z. Nebesky
    Director of Development
    National Academy of Engineering
    2101 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20418

Giving to NAE

2016 Giving by the Numbers

Many thanks to our members and friends who supported our efforts to promote widespread engineering education, encourage a vibrant engineering profession, and inform the public about the importance of engineering. Most of NAE's programs receive financial support from private funds. Many programs, like EngineerGirl, FOE and Link Engineering are almost entirely funded by private support. Explore more of 2016 Giving by the Numbers.

  • $7.1 million was raised for the NAE.
  • $2.5 million was raised in unrestricted funds. It would take an endowment worth $42.9 million to generate that amount of income.
  • 57,235 unique monthly visits to the EngineerGirl website. Since 2001, EngineerGirl has held the number one spot on Google for "girls and engineering."


NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering

Grand Challenges for Engineering

The NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering is an international movement that inspires students to pursue engineering careers and to tackle major issues facing everyone, such as access to clean water and securing the cyberspace. The NAE continues to facilitate this movement hoping to ultimately lead to the solutions of the Grand Challenges and problems like them.

This summer the third Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) is being hosted in Washington, D.C.. The GGCS is a collaborative series sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 2017 Summit aimes to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. It will focus on the four themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges.

Watch the NAE's video, Global Grand Challeges Summit Sizzle, to learn more about the topics that will be covered at this summer's Summit.

The Chairman's Challenge

NAE Chair Gordon England challenges members to financially support the Academy. This challenge will match up to $100,000 in new gifts/pledges from Section 1 members until October 9, 2017 (next year’s Annual Meeting). Read England's full remarks here.

Gordon England Challenge photo


Fran and George Ligler Challenge for Section 2

Fran and George Ligler photo

Fran Ligler, a member of the NAE Council and Section 2, and her husband George, both pictured on left, 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. Section 2 members' gifts will be matched by both the Ligler and Hsieh challenges.


Sanjit K. Mitra Family Challenge For Newer MembersMitra Sanjit

Mitra Sanjit Logo

Sanjit K. Mitra ('03) and his family have issued a challenge to members of the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 to collectively give $100,000 in 2016 to any NAE Fund. Mitra's generous gift of $100,000 supports the Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) program. Read more on the Mitra Family Challenge


The Ming & Eva Hsieh Challenge

Family Photo

Many thanks to new member Ming Hsieh ('15) and his wife Eva for challenging all members and friends to increase their giving to NAE last year with a $250,000 challenge. We are very grateful for those who supported this exciting initiative; $812,196 was raised in response. Proceeds will benefit programs aligned with the NAE Strategic Plan.

Ming and Eva hope this challenge inspired others to give, just as the 2013 Madni Challenge spurred them to action.



Donor Spotlight!

Briskman "There is very little that we do in life that doesn't require engineering,"  added Lenore. "That is why it's important for NAE to foster the profession and provide proper guidance."

Read more about how Robert and Lenore Briskman are planning for the future.


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