A Culture of Philanthropy in the Paleontological Society
The Paleontological Society has vigorously advanced the science of paleontology for more than 110 years. Today, your Society does more for our science than ever before. We sponsor conferences and field courses, fund research by students and early-career professionals, make awards for accomplishments at career levels from undergraduate to senior scientist, support outreach and education, and publish two leading journals in the field. The Society is also a leader in promoting ethical behavior and in efforts to increase diversity and inclusion through our “This IS PS” initiative.
However, your Society could do much more for paleontology and paleontologists with new financial resources. To this end, we need your help developing a culture of philanthropy within the society.
What is a culture of philanthropy? Every member should become a donor to the Society! We are not asking you for a dollar amount; instead, like your local NPR station, we suggest that you give whatever amount you are comfortable with contributing.
Why give? First, to enhance existing programs. Better funding will allow the Society to increase both the number and amount of our Student Research Grants and the Newell and Boucot Grants to early career faculty. We would support additional awards for our undergraduate student ambassadors. The Society could meet the rising costs for the Government Affairs Committee, our essential advocates on government policy and funding, and for the annual free Short Course at GSA.
Second, to allow new initiatives. The Society has developed a broad strategic initiative for the future. With your support we could proactively address underrepresentation in our discipline and support the popular Analytical Paleobiology Workshops. We could extend our current support for early career members to include mid-career professionals so that they can explore new research directions and enhance our support of retired professionals so that they can remain active in our science and our Society.
Finally, to pay it forward! If you have benefitted in the past from a Society award or grant, or you want to honor that special mentor in your career, this is your chance to make a meaningful statement and a tangible difference.
How do you give? You can donate now or at any time by clicking the link on the Paleontological Society webpage:
You can also donate when you renew your membership. Last year, the Society created a new tiered membership structure; consider becoming a Contributing, Partner, Sustaining or Patron member and commit to making it your annual practice. If this is more than you want to pledge, then donate an amount you are comfortable with to one or more of our many funds.
This is your science and your Society. Your donation, of whatever amount, will protect the future of those who study the past!
Patricia Kelley and Roy Plotnick
Bruce J. MacFadden