Annual Campaign

Annual Campaign

Inspire Students. Reward Success.

The OSA Foundation’s Annual Campaign raises critical funding to support our annual philanthropic programs.  Foundation activities are funded 100% by individual and corporate donations and support youth science education activities and career development programs

Thanks to the generosity of The Optical Society (OSA) and their commitment to cover administrative expenses, donor funds support programs and not administrative costs.

Our Annual Impact

The OSA Foundation Board of Directors has awarded program grants beginning in 2002. Our programs currently benefit over 7,000 individuals each year. 


Directing your Annual Campaign Gift

General Fund Students using optical tools (where we need it the most) Donations to the general fund support our annual program activities. These funds are unrestricted and allow the Foundation to invest in new, innovative programs that fulfill our mission to inspire students and reward success.

Youth Education Outreach Fund  Students in Ghana using Optical Suitcase tools Donations to the Youth Education Outreach Fund provide funding to support youth science education resources to underserved populations around the world. Demonstration kits, games and cost effective lessons are just some of the ways in which this fund supports the community.
Travel Grant Recipient
Student Travel Grant Fund The OSA Foundation provides travel grants for students who study in developing nations so they may attend OSA technical meetings.  These meetings help students advance their studies and expand their professional network. 

Current Grant Recipients

2012 Grant Recipients

  • Travel Grants for students in developing nations to attend OSA technical meetings

  • Optics Suitcase production and distribution, introducing pre-college students to optics through hands-on classroom activities

  • Youth Science Education Outreach Grants, bringing science education to local communities around the world

  • International OSA Network of Students (IONS) Program Grant encouraging OSA Student Chapter members to organize and manage regional meetings that focus on technical and professional development content and networking

  • Science Education Poster Series printing and distribution, providing free education resources for teachers explaining optics and photonics science concepts

DonateYour support will inspire the next generation of scientific innovators and is tax deductible for U.S. Citizens.  For a limited time OSA will match your gift 100% with a donation to the general fund.
  • Donors who contribute $100 + are recognized annually
  • Donors who contribute $1,000 + receive special recognition through our major donor programOptics Circle
  • Special program naming opportunities are available.  Contact Us for additional information
Memorial and Tribute Gifts
We gladly accept memorial and tribute gifts as a way to honor or remember the achievements of friends, colleagues and loved ones.  Click here to make a memorial or tribute gift.

Gifts of Stock
Gifts of stock offer donors tax advantages, especially if the stock has appreciated in value.  Contact Us for more information.

Matching Gifts
Many companies offer gift matching programs for non-profit organizations.  Please check with your Human Resources department to see if your gift qualifies for a match.

Planned Giving
Donors who leave The OSA Foundation in their will and estate plans are recognized through Optics Trust, our planned giving recognition program

Donate by Check
If you prefer, you can mail your contribution to OSA Foundation.