Ways To Give

Donor Appreciation:

The Foundation continues to make an impact internationally due in large part to our many generous donors. Our donors include corporations, SFPE Chapters, and individuals. The Foundation is very grateful to every donor for their support and confidence, regardless of the amount donated. Every dollar counts!

The Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the United States of America. Please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to explore the many ways that your support is contributing to the future of the profession and see completed research work and past winners of scholarships and awards.

New Annual Day of Giving Established in 2021

SFPE Foundation celebrated our 42nd birthday this year with the Annual Day of Giving drive on August 7th! This event, starting August 5th, officially kicked off the 2021 donation season! Join us in August for the 2022 Annual Day of Giving.

Corporate Giving

Gifts from companies help fund innovative research projects that address critical gaps in our knowledge of fire safety science and engineering, as identified in the Research Roadmap, and also helps us support the next generation of engineering professionals through student-focused research, award, and scholarship opportunities.

Corporate donors giving at one of the three tiers listed below receive special recognition on the SFPE Foundation website and at the Annual Business Meeting during the SFPE Annual Conference & Expo.

  • Kilowatt Level: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Megawatt Level: $10,000 - $24,999
  • Gigawatt Level: $25,000 or more

We invite companies who benefit from the Foundation’s work to also give generously and become a Kilowatt, Megawatt or Gigawatt Level corporate supporter.

Chapter Giving

SFPE Chapters can partner with the Foundation by giving whatever amount the chapter membership feels is appropriate. Through giving, Chapters can contribute to the advancement of fire protection education and science in a way that is sustainable and has global reach. Any amount is welcome, and no amount is too small. Chapters that donate receive credit toward the SFPE Chapter Excellence Award (ACE) program.

Individual Giving

Generous giving by individuals has offered the Foundation stability and opportunities to expand its impact since the very beginning. Individuals can choose from a variety of giving methods that best suit their needs, including:

  • Cash or check
  • Credit card
  • Redirection of SFPE or SFPE Foundation award or honorarium

Planned Giving

If you are considering or have already made a gift to the SFPE Foundation in your estate plans, we encourage you to contact Aimee Zube, Donor Relations Manager, at AZube@sfpefoundation.org to discuss your vision and ideas.   

Join the Legacy Society 
The Legacy Society honors individuals who have included the SFPE Foundation in their will, trust, or other charitable planned gifts. As a member of the Legacy Society, you find yourself among a circle of friends who see the value in planning to support research, education, and outreach that advances our understanding of fire and ensures that future generations will thrive in a global fire safe world.  

How to Give


To give online, go to https://sfpe.users.membersuite.com/donations and select your desired options.
Don't have an SFPE online account? You can give directly without signing in via our PayPal donation portal.

Check by Mail

Make check payable to “SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation, Inc.” and send to:

SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation Inc
Attn: Foundation Chapter Donations
9711 Washingtonian Blvd. Suite 380
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Note: in the memo line on the check, indicate the direction for your donation (i.e., Annual Fund, Fitzgerald Fund)

Call Aimee Zube, Donor Relations Manager at +1 301-915-9722 to make a donation via credit card over the phone.

Employer Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts from your employer can double the impact of your gift to the SFPE Foundation! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. 

How do I request a matching gift? Requesting a matching gift is normally a five-minute process which must be initiated by the donor. You can do this by filling out and submitting a paper match form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process. 

Directing Your Donation for Maximum Impact

The Foundation offers several funds to which you can direct your donation to achieve an impact that is most meaningful and important to you. These are listed and described below.

Robert W. Fitzgerald Challenge Fund

Every dollar donated and directed here will be matched up to $2,500 annually through 2026. This is a great way to multiply your donation. The money in this fund is used to support the Proulx Scholarship Fund, which awards $5,000 annually as a scholarship for a student engaged in a research project in the field of human behavior related to fire or emergencies.

UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign

Every dollar donated by an individual or a SFPE Chapter and directed to the Annual Fund, or the Robert W. Fitzgerald Challenge Fund will be matched by UL up to a maximum of $25,000 annually.

Annual Fund

Every dollar donated and directed here will be used by the Foundation at the discretion of the Board of Governors to further the mission of the Foundation.