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​APS Foundation FAQ


What is APS Foundation?

APS Foundation is the charitable arm of our scientific society. Donations to APS Foundation are invested, and the income from those investments supports grants to awardees to advance careers and reward excellence.

What is the mission of APS Foundation?

The APS Foundation promotes and enhances the educational experience and professional development of APS members, which are outside the normal operating budget of APS, through innovative initiatives providing growth and opportunities in the field of plant pathology in support of the sustainable production of an affordable, safe and secure food, feed, fuel and fiber supply.  

When was APS Foundation created?

APS Foundation was established by a vote of the membership in 1987.

Who “runs” APS Foundation?

Foundation is governed by a board of directors. This board includes ex officio members (the APS Treasurer, the Executive Vice President of APS, and the Chair of the APS Graduate Student Committee), a Chair of the Board, three members appointed by Council, and three members appointed by the board.

Who has donated to APS Foundation?

Over 3,000 individuals, academic units, agencies, and corporate entities have donated money to the Foundation. 

How can I give to APS Foundation?

The APS Foundation has a variety of established funds​ where donors can direct their contributions. Not sure where to give? Consider directing your fund to the general APS Endowment for future initiatives. Your contribution is tax deductible if you are a U.S. citizen and itemize. Learn more…

What percentage of my donation goes to help awardees?

APS Foundation operates almost entirely on volunteers. Over 95% of funds donated are invested to generate the income that supports our portfolio of awards.

How is APS Foundation supported?

We are funded exclusively through the generous gifts of donors​

What are some things I can do to help support APS Foundation?

Besides donating money to a fund of your choice, we run on volunteers, and we really need allies and advocates to act as multipliers of our fundraising efforts.

  • ​Be an advocate for APS Foundation and what we do. Talk us up—in your academic unit, your company, on your APS committee, or among your peers. 
  • Enroll in opportunities like AmazonSmile. Do this and Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of every purchase you make on Amazon to APS Foundation, all at no cost to you. Some of us can even charge our lab supplies on AmazonSmile.
  • Donate your time to Foundation. Take charge of a fundraising activity, lead a campaign to raise funds to honor a colleague through a named student ​travel award​, or volunteer for a shift to meet friends and colleagues at the Foundation Booth at the annual meeting.

What kinds of activities qualify for support from APS Foundation?  

We fund a diverse group of activities, including education, student professional travel and experiential learning, and aid to developing countries through programs like Books for the WorldGlobal Experience AwardAPS Global Membership for developing economy countries, and symposia like the I. E. Graduate Melhus Symposium and Schroth Faces of the Future. Our newest program honors Lafayette Frederick​, and supports mentoring of underrepresented minorities to increase their numbers in plant pathology.

How can I apply for support from APS Foundation?

Foundation award applications are available online. Please review submission guidelines prior to submitting your application. Learn More…​

Where can I find a list of APS Foundation awardees?

How many awards has APS Foundation bestowed since its creation?

Foundation has bestowed over 1,100 awards since its creation. ​Many of our awardees are now department chairs, deans, and leaders in industry, private practice, and government service.  

How does an endowment fund work?

Most donated funds are placed in a diversified series of investments that sustainably generate in annual income. Most, but not all of the generated income is distributed to awardees every year. About one quarter of the annual income is reinvested to allow the endowments to outpace inflation. ​​

How can I make a bequest to APS Foundation?

You can do this at any time by creating a codicil to a will, or by designating APS Foundation as a beneficiary receiving a minor or major portion of an estate, fund, or insurance policy. Learn more...

What donation is needed for establishing a new student travel award?

A $15,000 donation to the Foundation is needed for establishing a new student travel award to annual APS meetings. Learn more...

I want to talk to someone about supporting the APS Foundation or creating a fund. 

You can do this at any time. Learn more...

How can I create an award to honor someone?

You can do this at any time. Learn more...

I don’t see an answer to my question. Who can I contact for an answer?

You can contact any member of the APS Foundation Board of Directors.