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! If we get to 42 unique donors by October 19, 2021, all donors contributing between now and then will automatically be entered into a random drawing for the chance to win an iPad!
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.
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.
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 (i.e., life insurance policy/equity; retirement plan assets, bequest provisions, etc.)
- AmazonSmile program
How to Give
To give online, go to https://sfpe.users.membersuite.com/donations and select your desired options.
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)
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.
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.