History and Organization of the Foundation
The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) was created in December of 1980 for the purpose of securing funds for activities and programs of the Geological Society of America (GSA or Society).
GSAF and GSA are separate non-profit 501(c)3 corporations and are housed in the GSA Headquarters building in Boulder, Colorado. The GSAF staff and a volunteer Board of Trustees seek and accept supporting gifts and donations of cash and other instruments in support of GSA's greatest needs which, at present, include:
The governing bodies of GSAF are its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, which are led by a Board Chair and Vice Chair. Corporate officers include a President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director of Operations. The GSA Executive Director serves as Vice-President of GSAF.
Philanthropic support has been the founding basis of the Society's continuing investments in advancing earth science research and education. If it is to promote the science, address the important issues of non-renewable earth resources and natural geologic hazards, and promote thoughtful stewardship of the earth, GSA must have financial means that include and extend well beyond its traditional sources of revenue.
Many of GSA's members in this country and abroad are counted among the most respected and influential of earth scientists. GSA hopes to broaden its membership to include all those in the geosciences who have an interest in promoting the science and/or their profession. Their on-going support of the Society's programs and activities is absolutely vital.
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