2016 Annual Fund

2016 Annual Fund

 

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The OSA Foundation’s Annual Fund supports a wide-array of philanthropic programs focused on expanding the opportunities for students and young professionals in the field. Donations given to the Annual Fund are unrestricted, allowing The OSA Foundation to direct your generosity where it is needed most. 

100% of donations go toward programs, grants, and awards. Also, thanks to the generosity of The Optical Society, every gift is matched, providing your donation with double the impact!
Our Annual Impact

In 2015 alone, we impacted more than 9,400 students and young professionals. Help us grow this number in 2016!

Some of the 2016 initiatives supported by donations to the Annual Fund include:

Tech Trek (STEM) Summer Camps
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), these week-long summer camps provide middle school girls with a STEM-based learning curriculum.

The Optics Suitcase
Developed by the OSA Rochester Section (ROSA) in 1999, the Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to the dynamic and exciting range of concepts within the study of light. Funds will go to the creation and distribution of these kits worldwide. 

WISTEE Connect
Funding will provide this organization with the ability to host a conference that will focus on professional opportunities and growth for women in optics and photonics.

Youth Education Grants
Funds will be provided to OSA student chapters that are looking to host professional development or youth education outreach events in their communities.

Travel Grants
24 travel grants will be provided to students in developing nations so that they may attend optics and photonics meetings to enhance their academic and professional careers.

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.