Giving Levels and Funds

Legacy Gifts

The Brooks Circle
Those that have put AMS in their estate plans

Cumulative Recognition

Empowerment Society
Lifetime gifts of $100,000 or more

Founder’s Society
Lifetime gifts of $10,000 to $100,000

Centennial Leadership Circle
Gifts of at least $2019 per year

Early Career Centennial Leadership Circle
Gifts of at least $201.90 per year

Student Centennial Leadership Circle
Gifts of at least $20.19 per year

Gifts Completed in a Specific Year

  • (up to $99) Friend

  • ($100-$499) Contributor

  • ($500-$999) Sponsor

  • ($1000-$1999) Benefactor

  • ($2000-$4999) Partner

  • ($5000-$19,999) Sustainer

  • ($20,000-$49,999) Visionary

  • ($50,000 +) Leader

Annual Giving Funds

Unrestricted Fund

Unrestricted gifts provide support where the need is greatest.

Rapid Adaptation

AMS will remain nimble as we seek to adapt quickly to a changing technological landscape. Advances in technology benefit many, and our true success lies in our ability to keep up with these advances.

Breakthrough Science

Our next generation of scientists needs our support to be able to continue producing significant earth-science research and to bring the results of this research to the larger scientific community, to our governmental decision-makers, and to society. To accomplish this, we seek to:

  • Endow more undergraduate scholarships, particularly to underserved populations
  • Offer more travel grants to undergraduate, unsupported graduate students, early career professionals, and K-12 teachers
  • Create more Early Career programs, especially for women and underrepresented groups
  • Endow the Annual Student Conference

Engaging the Public

Public understanding of science has never been more important. As the 21st century unfolds, AMS must increase its efforts to promote scientific integrity and fact-based decision-making as a part of regular discourse. This fund will:

  • Create national outreach programs to promote “citizen science” (including our improved use of social media)

  • Provide innovative enhancements to AMS K-12 teacher education programs to increase interdisciplinary Earth science expertise and, in turn, grow students’ excitement for science

  • Develop programs that provide educational opportunities for a more inclusive group of undergraduate faculty and students and lead to greater diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences workforce

  • Provide competitive grants to AMS local chapters to work with their community leaders to develop programs of regional importance and urgency

Bridging Disciplines

To ensure that our world benefits from the work being done across all disciplines, we need to find new ways to connect current disciplines and nurture the intersections between them. To achieve this goal, we will support an Endowed Visiting Scholar Program for both the AMS Policy Program and the AMS Education Program.

Globalization

Our field has always been inherently global. But today’s emerging global challenges are different from what we experienced in AMS’s first century. We are fortunate that revolutionary technology – from the Internet to mobile communications – now provide global-scale tools we can use to address these challenges. This fund will:

  • Begin an international travel grant program to encourage AMS members to participate in international conferences and to encourage scientists in underrepresented nations to attend AMS conferences

  • Create a travel fund to support the International Forum of Meteorological Societies (IFMS) meetings

Education Program

AMS assists students through the fellowship and scholarship program and acts as a strong advocate of providing educational opportunities for students within the framework of scientific conferences. Contributions to the Education Fund support fellowships and scholarships as well as providing travel support to AMS meetings and the implementation of the AMS Student Conference which has more than 700 student attendees each year.

Policy Program

Policy choices have the greatest chance to benefit society when grounded in the best available knowledge and understanding. The AMS Policy Program helps the broader society understand and make use of scientific advancements relating to weather, water, and climate. Through these efforts we help the nation, and the world, avoid risks and realize opportunities related to the Earth system. Contributions received under this designation will provide support for our three approaches:

  •  We develop capacity within the scientific community for effective and constructive engagement with the broader society.
  • We inform the broader society directly about established scientific understanding and the latest high- impact research results.
  • We expand the knowledge base needed to use scientific understanding for societal advancement through studies, reports, and analysis.

Teacher Professional Development Fund

The AMS Education Program promotes the teaching of atmospheric, oceanographic, and hydrologic sciences through pre-college teacher training and resource materials development, as well as instructional innovation at the college level. All programs build greater diversity in geoscience disciplines and science teaching. AMS K-12 teacher professional development programs have directly impacted 21,000 teachers, reaching several million students. The AMS Education Program actively seeks individual and corporate support to ensure that its teacher training programs continue to thrive in an uncertain federal funding environment. Your contributions to the AMS Education Program will help sustain our highly successful teacher professional development programs.

Public Awareness Fund

The AMS public awareness program increases public understanding and support of the science of meteorology and associated fields, the various issues facing the meteorological community, and AMS program and services through positive media coverage and other outreach initiatives.  Contributions received for this program will be used to support outreach efforts at the national, regional, and local level.

History of the Atmospheric and Related Sciences Fund

AMS makes every effort to support projects that are aimed at gathering, preserving, and providing access to historical documentation in science and technology—information of immeasurable value that would otherwise be lost.   Projects supported under this area of giving will include: creation of databases that catalogue historical materials; development of creative ways to collect and preserve important electronic records; preservation of the historically significant AMS archival collections; and acquiring historical artifacts that can be displayed at AMS Headquarters to enable the Headquarters building to reflect more of the Society’s mission in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Named Funds Actively Seeking Contributions Toward Endowment:

The Jay Fein Scholarship

honors a leader in the atmospheric sciences whose calm presence, scientific insights, perseverance, and diplomatic and administrative skills helped to advance meteorological and climate science and infrastructure for more than 40 years.  During his tenure as a program director at the National Science Foundation, Jay Fein exercised excellent judgment in deciding whether to support high risk projects with great potential for impact on the field and worked tirelessly, both nationally and internationally, to promote, support and advance the science.  Throughout his career, Jay advised, encouraged and mentored scientists of all ages. The scholarship carries a $5000 stipend.

Larry R. Johnson Scholarship Fund

In remembrance of Larry Johnson, a scholarship fund has been established to ensure that a permanent legacy is formed in honor of a person that put forth great effort to assist students and their pursuit of scientific careers.

The Jarvis Moyers Travel Fund

In honor of Jarvis Moyers and his outstanding dedication to the sciences, a fund has been established to assist students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the atmospheric and related sciences travel to the AMS annual meeting each year.  Jarvis was a committed leader at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was a strong and effective advocate for the atmospheric and geospace sciences.

The Matthew J. Parker Travel Fund

In honor and remembrance of AMS President Matthew J. Parker, the AMS Council and its' Executive Committee have established The Matthew J. Parker Travel Fund. Matt's greatest enthusiasm was directed toward students and early career professionals. He was always eager to share his experiences and provide guidance where he could, as well as doing all he could to provide opportunities to engage young members of the community in AMS activities so that they would have the best start possible for their career. In that spirit, the fund will provide travel grants to AMS meetings.

The Ken Reeves Scholarship Fund

In memory of Ken Reeves, a scholarship fund has been established to honor his many contributions to help and support undergraduate students in the atmospheric sciences.   Ken was an Expert Senior Meteorologist, Vice President and General Manager of AccuWeather, Inc. Television Network.   Ken is remembered as a visionary, forward-thinking meteorologist and an outstanding mentor to many students.

The Kenneth C. Spengler Travel Fund

In remembrance of Ken Spengler and his strong commitment to advancing the careers of professionals in the AMS community, a travel fund has been established in his name.  As the executive director of the AMS for 42 years, Dr. Spengler touched the lives of generations of professionals in the atmospheric and related sciences, both within the US and internationally.

Marvin L. Wesely Student Travel Fund

In remembrance of Marv Wesely and his concerted efforts to assist students in attending science-related conferences, this fund has been established to help undergraduate students interested in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric science attend AMS symposia and conferences in those areas.  Marv Wesely was a strong supporter of student participation in research efforts and an active mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students.