Gifts to the NAS Annual Fund, the NAE Independent Fund, and the IOM Annual Fund are among the most valuable because they provide the necessary resources to initiate timely, important activities and to expand dissemination of recommendations to a broader audience for greater impact.
Unrestricted gifts not only help to sponsor symposia, roundtables, lectures, and forums on critical, national issues but they also allow us to publish journals and proceedings from conferences and workshops. These funds enable the NAS, NAE and IOM to tackle the right questions at the right time and effectively communicate the results to the right people.
The Harvey V. Fineberg Impact Fund
The Harvey V. Fineberg Impact Fund was created in honor of current IOM President, Harvey V. Fineberg, to further his vision that the IOM should not only be a trusted source of advice, but also a major force for change to confront the myriad health challenges facing our nation and the world.
The goal of this newly created Fund is to leverage the IOM’s recognized strengths--reliance on science and evidence, objectivity, and independence--into a more reliable engine for improving health.
"Traditionally, the Institute of Medicine has been a very important source of advice. In the future, the Institute has to do more. It needs to be not only a source of advice, but a source of action and solution." – Harvey V. Fineberg
The Charles M. Vest President's Opportunity Fund
Dr. Charles M. Vest passed away on December 12, 2013 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was President of the National Academy of Engineering (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 by December 31, 2013. This new fund will support exploratory studies and seed new initiatives, 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. Gifts made in memory of Dr. Vest will support the Charles M. Vest President’s Opportunity Fund unless otherwise indicated.
Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS)
CPNAS sponsors activities that explore the intersections among the arts, science, medicine, engineering, and popular culture. These include art exhibitions, lectures, films, concerts, the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous, and the African American History Program. Your donation to CPNAS helps the NAS to fulfill its civic responsibility and ensure that these programs, offered to the public at no charge, can continue.
Committee on Human Rights
The Committee on Human Rights (CHR) of the NAS, NAE and IOM began its work in 1976 by publicly denouncing the unjust treatment of eight scientific colleagues in Argentina, Uruguay, and the Soviet Union. Thirty-five years later, thousands of appeals have been made and more than 1,000 cases have been resolved. You can leave a lasting humanitarian legacy to the Committee and, thus, to persecuted scientists around the world with your gift to the CHR Unrestricted Fund.