Frequently Asked Questions


Foundation Donation & Programs FAQs

Are donations to the OSA Foundation tax deductible?

Contributions to the OSA Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, are deductible as provided by law. Each person's legal and financial situation will differ and the laws vary from state to state, and country to country. Accordingly, it is recommended that you consult with a professional advisor for specific questions regarding tax deductions.

How can I apply for an OSA Foundation grant?

Please visit the OSA Foundation web site to review grant guidelines and the online application.

How can I make a donation to the OSA Foundation?

The OSA Foundation online donation form ensures that your contribution will be securely transacted.

If you would prefer to make a donation by mail, please send all contributions to OSA Foundation | 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20036 USA. Individuals may also donate to the OSA Foundation when they join or renew their OSA membership.

What types of programs does the OSA Foundation support?

The OSA Foundation supports programs that:
  • Advance youth science education
  • Provide optics education and resources to underserved populations
  • Provide career and professional development resources
  • Support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence
These activities include student paper competitions, scholarships, travel grants, teacher workshops, educational materials, and much more. For more information, visit the OSA Foundation Web site.

Where can I find information about the OSA Foundation?

The Foundation web site provides detailed information about our programs. Staff may be contacted directly by email: or phone: +1 202.416.1464.

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