Ways to Give

Foundation Funds


Gifts to the Annual Fund are not designated by the donor and support the overall mission and operation of the Foundation. This type of gift provides the flexibility to use the funds where they are most needed.

Six Research Areas

There are also six areas related to the SFPE Research Roadmap defined by the Technical Committee, where funding dollars can be aimed for specific subject matter. These are described below.

Human Behavior

This research area is designated for exploring the human behaviors related to evacuation and egress from buildings. The need for research is related to the changing demographic of populations (age, stature, and mobility) and reflecting the data in egress and evacuation plans.

Fire Dynamics

This research area is designated for practical fire models. Further understanding of the science and dynamics of fire can lead to improvements, especially with models, in reflecting real world fires. There are three components including creation of numerical algorithms, verification and validation of those models over a wide range of applications, and guidance for practicing engineers in applying the methods.

Non-Structure Fires (WUI & Equipment)

This research area is designated for studying fires that do not involve buildings, such as wildland fires or energy storage systems. The need for research in this area is ever growing with the increasing wildland fires occurring annually around the globe and always evolving technologies such as energy sources. The fire safety engineering profession still needs a practical probabilistic-based approach or tools for handling these situations.

Risk, Resilience, & Sustainability

This research area is designated for environmental impacts from fire and fire suppression activities. There are unanswered questions on designs, materials, and systems where knowledge could improve the resiliency and sustainability of the protection methods and built structures.

Fire Systems & Emergency Response

This research area is designated for improving system performance against fire events. One of the key areas in need of additional data is inspection, testing and maintenance of systems. This will have broad reaching implications as fire protection systems are ancillary to all types of businesses and occupancies. Research can also assist with advancement and adoption through support of fireground operations, enhanced training, or better deployment planning as examples.


This research area connects a series of complex physics and chemistry with a fire-damaged physical environment that frequently deteriorated and sometimes destroyed physical evidence as to the cause. The benefit of research on this topic include better correlations of probability and likelihood to cause and origin determinations.

Proulx Scholarship & Challenge

Guylène Proulx Scholarship

The Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC, one of the preeminent researchers and communicators in the field of human behavior in emergencies. This Scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession. Donations to this fund provide shorter-term award monies (up to $5,000 annually) to the Proulx Award recipient, selected by a panel of human behavior experts.

Robert W. Fitzgerald Challenge

April Hammond-Berkol created the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge in tribute to retired WPI Professor Robert W. Fitzgerald. For every dollar donated to this fund, Hammond-Berkol will match one dollar, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year, for the next five years. All gifts to the Fitzgerald Fund Challenge will be placed into an endowment used to sustain funding for the Guylène Proulx Scholarship. Once the set endowment value has been reached the investment dollars will assist in supporting the scholarship.

Paying by check, please mail to the following:

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

Any questions please contact Jani Zhu.