Many thanks to our members and friends who chose to support the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with their time, ideas, and philanthropy in 2017. We know that there are many worthy causes, and we are pleased that you chose to support us. We've prepared three brief synopses of the 2017 highlights for each Academy to share with you. Read our 2017 By the Numbers impact statements for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to learn more about how your gifts helped strengthen our work as the nation's pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters.
It's been two years since the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund was created, and we are very pleased to report that thanks to the generous gifts from so many of our members and friends we surpassed our $10 million goal for the Endowment. This is a truly phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the high regard with which we hold Ralph and Carol.
Thank you to all of the members, friends, and staff that stepped up to ensure we hit our goal by the May 31st deadline. In the final push to reach the goal, we achieved the largest single day of philanthropic giving in NAS history. We are grateful to the Cicerone Fund fundraising committee chaired by Dick Atkinson, as well as to the Kavli Foundation, whose generous gift closed a big gap at a crucial time.
In Ralph's own words, the endowment will "help underpin the Academy's roles in validating scientific excellence; enhancing the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guiding public policy with science; and communicating the nature, values , and judgements of science to government and the public."
Since the opioid epidemic was declared a national public health emergency in October 2017, progress has been slow in reversing rates of opioid misuse and overdose. This is due not to lack of will or resources, but to the complex drivers of the crisis and the cross-cutting strategies that will be required to resolve them.
To improve coordination and accelerate the pace of change, the NAM has partnered with the Aspen Institute and more than 30 other organizations to form an Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. This one-of-a-kind public-private partnership comprises government, communities, health systems, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, academia, and more – all committed to sharing knowledge, aligning ongoing initiatives, and advancing collective, multisector solutions. Future activities of the Collaborative will span public meetings, expert publications, and the development of an information hub, among other efforts.
Learn more about the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, as well as other programming that your support enables us to carry out by visiting our website.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is an independent non-profit organization whose work relies on support from generous individuals, foundations, businesses, government, and other organizations. Philanthropy underpins our ability to address critical issues and policy and inspire positive action across sectors. Each gift makes so many things possible. It helps foster innovation, inspire action around shared priorities, and enrich the careers of outstanding science professionals. Most importantly, you help us lead, innovate, and make an impact in the United States and beyond.