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

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.

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS), held on July 18-20, was the 3rd in a collaborative series between the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 2017 GGCS was also held in conjunction with the inaugural K-12 level international FIRST Robotics Competition for Addressing Grand Challenges.

The 2017 Summit aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. The focus of the Summit involved 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 Challenges Summit Sizzle, to learn more about the topics 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.


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.



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."

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