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Donate to the SFPE Foundation

Annual Funds

The SFPE Foundation is able to deliver on its mission because of your support and generosity. By contributing to one of the Foundation’s funds below, you'll help ensure that our work to advance research in fire protection engineering continues. Making an online donation is quick and easy. We welcome donations of all sizes and payment plans – whether it's a one-time gift, a monthly contribution, or part of a matching gift program.

The SFPE Foundation’s Annual Fund provides funding to support the Foundation’s mission through its operations as well as fund academic student research grants worldwide. Donate here.

Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund

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 a monetary award of up to $5,000 annually to the Proulx Award recipient, selected by a panel of human behavior experts. Donate here.

Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund 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 used to ensure sustained funding for the Guylène Proulx Scholarship. Donate here.

Corporate Sponsorship

The mission of the SFPE Foundation is to enhance the scientific understanding of fire and its interaction with the natural and built environment. As a corporate member of the fire protection engineering profession, you have a vested interest in this mission.

Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor by donating at least $5,000 annually and you will be given special recognition for your generosity as follows:
    • $5,000 -- Kilowatt Level
    • $10,000 – Megawatt Level
    • $25,000 – Gigawatt Level
  • Make a donation to the SFPE Foundation ( Your organization will be recognized for this donation on the Foundation’s website.
  • Create an incentive for your employees to donate to the SFPE Foundation by offering to match their donation amount. Encourage your colleagues to make donations to the SFPE Foundation to leverage their contributions. Donate here.

Double Your Donation

UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign

We are excited to announce the establishment of the UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign for the SFPE Foundation. This campaign will match donations to the Annual Fund, the Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund, and the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge. Under this matching campaign, UL will contribute up to $25,000 per year for five years by matching contributions made by SFPE members and SFPE chapters. All contributions made by UL under this campaign will be devoted to student research projects related to fire safety. The UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign is a great way for SFPE members and chapters to leverage their contributions because when you contribute, your contribution is doubled.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations, like the SFPE Foundation. Some companies also provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Please check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program that will match your gift to the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation Inc. If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 04-2701210.

You may mail your completed matching gift form to the address below or email it to

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

Your personal donation and matching gift will be directed to the fund you designate above.

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