Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, one of the “fathers of the internet”, Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and our Chapter’s Eagle Award Recipient in 2011, asked the critical question in a Wall Street Journal editorial (April, 2011) – “How to Fire Up U.S. Innovation?” Indeed, this has been the mission of ARCS since 1958. We continue to work each year to raise monies efficiently and effectively to support critical research and innovation at the university level.
Each dollar contributed to ARCS is valuable for four important reasons:
Efficiency: Since we are a 100% volunteer organization, 100% of donations received are directed to support scholar awards. There is no operating overhead deduction.
Excellence: Based on the criteria established by ARCS National, the universities and colleges supported by ARCS awards are the leading U.S. institutions in their respective fields of expertise.
Scope: ARCS has a longstanding commitment to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and is recognized as the largest private membership organization operating across the nation to support this funding need.
Flexibility: Each ARCS award is flexible, allowing the recipient to utilize the funding for the highest and most critical needs.
Gifts to the ARCS Foundation are exempt from Federal taxes, to the maximum amount allowed by law.
ARCS is an approved 501(c) (3) organization. TIN: 23-7087021
How Does Giving Help the Mid-Atlantic Region?
Donations to ARCS/MWC are a means to efficiently support five leading universities in the Mid-Atlantic (Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia) and their critical research in the fields of medicine, science, and engineering. These research projects are significant endeavors for the ARCS Scholars as well as their colleagues and advisors at each of their respective schools. The projects of today fuel the innovation and exploration of the future.
From a career perspective, many ARCS Scholars continue to contribute to the Mid-Atlantic region, as they pursue careers in academia, research, and the diverse business community of the region, including aerospace, defense, information technology, engineering, bio-medical, telecommunications, governmental and high tech entities.
How Do I Invest?
Scholar Fund: The primary sources for funding are donations to ARCS Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter. As these gifts accrue over the fiscal year period, they serve as the primary source of funding for scholar awards in the following academic period.
Named Graduate Scholar: We are honored to provide the opportunity for a donor to be recognized with named scholars. For each donation of $15,000, the donor is entitled to a named graduate scholar in the upcoming academic year. For three successive years of $5,000 in donations ($15,000 total), the donor is entitled to a named graduate scholar in the academic year following the third consecutive donation.
Undergraduate Scholar Award: As directed by our donors, a gift of $5,000 can be allocated to fully underwrite and support an undergraduate scholar in the following academic period.
Gifts of Stock: Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock. Please use our Donor Letter of Securities Transfer Form and feel welcome to contact us with any questions. Prior to gifting stock and to facilitate timely handling, please advise us in advance at: MWCPresident@arcsfoundation.org.
Matching Gifts: Many corporations encourage employees to contribute to qualifying charitable organizations. A matching gift program offers a way to increase your contribution to both your community and your preferred organizations. You can contact your employer to determine if there is an eligible match with the ARCS Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter.
Underwriting: Corporations and individuals are offered the opportunities to underwrite costs related to specific events, notably the Scholar Awards Reception and our annual fundraising event. Please contact us at MWCPresident@arcsfoundation.org if you are interested in supporting these events.
Planned Giving: We are honored to receive bequests to our Endowment Fund or to our Scholar Awards Fund. Consider including either the ARCS Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter, or ARCS Metropolitan Washington Chapter Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate planning. Please view a copy of our tax form 990: ARCS FY 2018 990 form.