The SAE Foundation exceeded its 2016 fundraising goal by over $1 million. The Foundation’s achievements strengthened the SAE leadership position in STEM education while providing opportunities to improve operational excellence.
Over 100 corporations, such as long-time funders General Motors, Kia and the Toyota USA Foundation, who gave a $1 million gift, led to our success. Over 1,100 individuals contributed to our record success in 2016 including Joe Langhauser and Lucia Kemennu, both of whom joined the Siegel Society for Legacy Giving. The ever-increasing amount of those giving was evident during the Foundation’s Annual Celebration, which raised over $460,000 and hosted more than 500 people celebrating SAE’s STEM programs, honoring Mark Fields from the Ford Motor Company and enjoying a keynote address from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
As a champion of transformative STEM learning experiences for over 112,000 K-12 students and their teachers, the SAE Foundation provided 26 scholarships for exceptional students pursuing STEM degrees and recognized over 100 students, faculty and professionals for their achievements within the mobility industry. The Foundation emphasized its focus on workforce development needs and corporate social responsibility strategies by combining project-based learning with real-world experience. This approach ensures SAE will remain the premier provider of comprehensive STEM education programs.
SAE’s scholarship program received a record 5,500 applications, a 64 percent increase over the previous year. In response to the growing volume of applications, an online application system was implemented to efficiently manage each scholarship and award, provide robust reporting and review and incorporate a donor stewardship module.