Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

American Society of Civil Engineers Foundation, Inc.

  • Reston, VA
  • http://www.ascefoundation.org/

Mission Statement

The ASCE Foundation provides support for programs that enhance quality of life, promote the civil engineering profession, advance technical practices, and prepare civil engineers for tomorrow. The Foundation seeks to help build a stronger profession to meet tomorrow's national and global challenges.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Strategic Initiatives
  3. Communications & Outreach
  4. Education & Student Programs

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

The ASCE Foundation is a national organization.

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ruling year

1995

Director of Philanthropy since 2011

Ms. Natalie Zundel

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Keywords

engineering, engineers, civil engineering, infrastructure, sustainability, education, science, construction, technology

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EIN

52-1891243

 Number

0774299981

Physical Address

1801 Alexander Bell Drive

Reston, 20191 4382

Also Known As

ASCE Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

Professional Societies, Associations (T03)

Single Organization Support (T11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

The ASCE Foundation, through philanthropy and fundraising, supports critical ASCE programs that strengthen the civil engineering profession. In particular, the ASCE Foundation supports programs that promote the profession and key initiatives, as well as programs that prepare civil engineers for tomorrow, and projects that grow future civil engineers. Each program and initiative helps build a stronger profession prepared to meet the challenges of today and in the future.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

The ASCE Foundation is just concluding 2002: Building The Future, which is a capital campaign to raise a minimum of $6 million in support of (1) the public awareness programs of the ASCE 150th Anniversary project, and (2) the Innovation Fund of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF).

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Budget

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Program 2

Strategic Initiatives

The ASCE Foundation supports strategic initiatives that our ASCE and civil engineering priorities. In the past, we have provided funding to a variety of projects including the Sustainability Action Plan, Failure to Act Infrastructure Study, and National Infrastructure Vision Summit.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$90,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 3

Communications & Outreach

The ASCE Foundation is committed to raising awareness of the civil engineering profession, and the impact is has on everyone's day to day lives. To this end, a portion of our support in the coming year will benefit outreach efforts, which also include projects that work to get kids interested in engineering.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$225,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

Education & Student Programs

Current civil engineering students are an amazingly talented group of individuals, and they need to be because they have some big issues tackle. Crumbling roads. Bridges in disrepair. To support their efforts, the Foundation will fund critical programs the enhance their education and encourage their active involvement in the profession.

Category

Education

Budget

$435,000.00

Population Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The ASCE Foundation helps civil engineers address today's challenges, and prepare for the future. Our communities depend on civil engineers to construct safe buildings, connect our communities by road, rail, air and waterway, and strive to create sustainable infrastructure to protect the environment. That's why we work to help ASCE meet their goals for Vision 2025; a document that serves as a roadmap to strengthen civil engineering over the next decade. Specifically, we fund programs in the following key areas:

    1. Policy & Participation: Raise awareness about our infrastructure needs as a country, and help improve infrastructure investment.

    2. Education for Today & Tomorrow: Inspire the civil engineers of tomorrow through STEM education, and help the engineers of today stay cutting-edge with continuing education.

    3. Advancing the Profession: Help civil engineers achieve a more sustainable and natural-built environment.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The ASCE Foundation works every day to build a culture philanthropy within and supporting the civil engineering profession. By creating a base of philanthropic support, the Foundation can fund the following strategic programs to help ASCE achieve its Vision 2025 goals:

    Policy & Participation: Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, Failure to Act Studies, FixTheTrustFund.org, State Report Cards, State Public Affairs Grants (SPAG), and more;

    Education for Today & Tomorrow: ExCEEd, National Concrete Canoe Competition, National Student Steel Bridge Design Competition, Pre-college Outreach, and more; and

    Advancing the Profession: National Engineers Week, Diversity Programs,
    Multi-Regional Leadership Conferences, Section & Branch Centennials, and more.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

The ASCE Foundation is a national organization.

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Blog

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Social Media

@https://www.facebook.com/ASCEfoundation

@https://www.pinterest.com/civilengineers/

@http://ascefoundation.tumblr.com/

Funding Needs

In the past year, the Foundation provided $750,000 in financial support to ASCE programs. We hope to meet or exceed that level in 2012. We typically fund programs within four main areas: Awards & Scholarships,  Strategic Initiatives, Communications & Outreach, and Education & Student Programs Without generous contributions, many of these programs would not exist or be able to sustain their current level of operation.

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CML ENGINEERS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Society of Civil Engineers Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Director of Philanthropy

Ms. Natalie Zundel

BIO

Natalie Zundel is the Director of Philanthropy at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Foundation. Passionate about fundraising’s impact on society, and with a decade of development experience, Natalie is leading a team of fundraising professionals to implement a donor centered fundraising model that advances the mission of ASCE through annual, major, and planned gifts.

She is committed to providing a high quality donor experience, which has resulted in donor retention rates over 70% (industry standard = 43%) and a growth in major gifts of 525% over the last three years at the ASCE Foundation.

Prior to joining the ASCE Foundation in August 2011 as its Senior Manager of Major Gifts, Natalie managed the major gift program at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Before that she served as the Development Director for the DC-based nonprofit, Urban Alliance. During her tenure there as a one-woman fundraising shop, she more than doubled the revenue for the organization, allowing the program to expand from a local to regional focus.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association Foundation Group (AFG), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She serves on the AFG Board of Directors, chairs AFG’s Communications & Marketing Committee and is a member of their National Conference Committee. Natalie also gives her time to AFP DC on their National Capital Philanthropy Day Committee.

Natalie holds a B.A. and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and earned her CFRE in 2013.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jon N. Magnusson PhD, PE, SE, CVS, F.ASCE

ASCE Member

Term: Oct 2014 - Oct 2015

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