OSA Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation from IMRA America



Angela Stark
Optical Society of America

OSA Foundation Receives $10,000
Donation from IMRA America

IMRA America gives $10,000 to support optics and photonics education programs

WASHINGTON, April 2 – The OSA Foundation received a $10,000 corporate donation from fiber laser manufacturer IMRA America.  The company’s $10,000 gift will be used to support the Foundation’s programs and initiatives designed to advance youth science education, support optics and photonics education in developing nations, provide education and resources to underserved populations and support OSA’s Awards and Honors program.

“IMRA America is pleased to be able to support the OSA Foundation,” said IMRA America President Tak Omitsu.  “Our scientists and engineers are all proud of being a part of OSA and I hope this contribution will assist in making OSA Foundation programs more effective to a wide audience of students and the general public.”

IMRA America’s donation was part of a banner year for the OSA Foundation in 2006.  More than $153,000 was raised as part of the Foundation’s annual campaign; OSA matched that amount dollar for dollar bringing the total raised in 2006 to more than $325,000, including in-kind contributions.   In addition to IMRA America, other corporate donors in 2006 included
IS&T, General Dynamics, Polaroid Retirees Association, Physical Optics Corporation, Kaiser Optical Systems, Wyatt Technology, ICFO and LaCroix Optical.

The donations were used to fund nine programs in 2006, including partnerships with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, ReSET (Retired Scientists, Engineers and Technicians) and the Girls Scouts of the USA; support for the optics and visions exhibit at University of Nevada, Reno Planetarium and the “Optricks Cart” education program at the Optics Institute of Southern California; and support of a variety of OSA local section and student chapter projects and international student travel grants.

“The OSA Foundation cannot support such important educational programs without contributions from both individuals and businesses,” said Gary Bjorklund, chair of the Foundation Board.  “IMRA America has set a great example for other OSA Corporate Members about the importance of giving back to the optics and photonics community and supporting the education of the next generation of scientists.”

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society of America’s mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, support optics and photonics in developing nations, provide education and resources to underserved populations and support OSA’s Awards and Honors program. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation or to find out how to donate, please visit www.osa-foundation.org or email foundation@osa.org.

About OSA

Uniting more than 70,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society of America (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.