Providing Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change

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$67,400,000 of our $100,000,000 goal!

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The National Academy of Engineering is embarking on a $100M multi-year fundraising campaign, the first of its kind on the NAE's history. Follow along and track the Campaign’s progress, make a donation, and learn more about how you can get involved.

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Campaign Overview

The National Academy of Engineering is strengthening its position as the trusted source of engineering advice for creating a healthier, more secure, and more sustainable world. Its commitment to providing expert, unbiased engineering leadership and insights focuses on three fundamental aspects: people, systems, and culture.

Why the NAE?

Because no other organization—not academia, government, or industry—has within its ranks the brightest minds in the world representing all fields of engineering, and the ability to convene these experts to provide expertise, leadership, and insight for the benefit of all people.

Why now?

Because the world is changing at a pace that challenges our understanding and ability to adapt. However, these challenges create opportunities to learn, improve, and expand the engineering field, provided we are prepared to take bold actions that inspire innovative solutions. Inaction now will be to the detriment of future generations.

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.

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.

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.

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, at 202.334.1817 or elippa@nae.edu to learn more about making a planned gift.

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.

The National Academy of Engineering’s Legacy Challenge seeks to add at least $3M toward the $100M campaign goal and mark the NAE’s 60th Anniversary in 2024. We only need another 6 new planned gifts to reach the goal of 60. 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, at 202.334.1817 or elippa@nae.edu.

Campaign Priorities

Through the Campaign for Leadership in a World of Accelerating Change, the NAE seeks to fulfill its mission by aligning efforts with its 2021-2026 Strategic Plan and focusing on the people, systems, and culture of engineering.

EngineerGirl Ambassadors gathered for the NAE’s 2022 National Meeting

People

Engineers are at the heart of solving global-scale challenges that affect all people. We must expand the public’s engineering awareness and literacy—from K-12 education—to foster workforce capabilities, competencies, and character in educational and professional environments to enable rewarding careers and lifelong learning in engineering. To aid in this effort and create a more welcoming profession for various aspirants and participants, we must also address organizational, economic, and policy issues that affect students, engineers, and related professionals based on their background and personal characteristics.

Systems

As the leading voice for the engineering profession in the United States, we must conduct international activities to promote awareness of complex systems thinking in partnership with international engineering academies and other relevant networks. These efforts will be further aided by engaging industry and other groups to envision engineering practice that transcends technology and helps synthesize proficiencies and philosophies from different intellectual traditions and practice areas in and beyond engineering.

Culture

The NAE must inspire an engineering identity and responsibility beyond individual work and purely technical interests by expanding the understanding of how cultural, ethical, and social circumstances and the environment affect and are affected by the practice of engineering. This understanding is critical to creating an engineering culture that is open, inclusive, diverse, and accepting of all individuals and ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

The campaign seeks to empower the NAE by providing the essential funds needed to sustain and develop the Academy’s mission of providing unbiased, expert leadership in a world of accelerating change. By raising $100 million by 2026, the NAE can secure its mission for the benefit of future generations.

The National Academy of Engineering’s Tax ID Number is 23-7284092.

Mailed contributions, including donor-advised fund recommendations, should be sent to our secure offsite processing center at:

National Academy of Engineering
Office of Development
P.O. Box 936138
Atlanta, GA 31193-6135

Please do not mail donations to either of our physical addresses in Washington, DC.

Please feel free to contact Radka Nebesky, Director of Development, at 202.334.3417 or rnebesky@nae.edu, or Stephanie Halperin, Associate Director of Development, at 202.334.1842 or shalperin@nae.edu.

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. Planned gifts are an easy way to ensure your legacy and support future generations of engineering leaders. For more information on planned giving options available to you, please contact Elana Lippa, Director of Planned Giving, at 202.334.1817 or elippa@nae.edu.

Join the campaign today!