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Thank You to All Our 2020 Camp Invention Sponsors

At the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), inspiring today’s students to become the innovators of tomorrow is at the core of our mission. Through NIHF education programs like Camp Invention®, we are able to not only provide hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to children nationwide but also introduce our world-changing Inductees to empower young innovators to overcome any challenge.

As social distancing measures have been adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our team of education experts developed a new, at-home summer learning solution. Camp Invention Connect has reinvented summer camp by adapting the hands-on fun of Camp Invention® for at-home learning. This exciting, flexible program has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of children across the country.


Thank you to our incredible sponsors!

During these challenging and uncertain times, our philanthropic partnerships are more vital to our organization than ever before, and as always, our sponsors’ trust in our programs truly does mean the world to the children we serve.

Thanks to meaningful support from our partners and their willingness to benefit students, 15,000 underserved children received scholarships or financial support to participate in a Camp Invention® program in person or at home. Through their generosity, these companies and organizations are not only giving children the opportunity to develop a passion for STEM at a young age, but they are also helping bridge the diversity gap present in many of these fields.

Below are a few testimonials from parents whose children have been impacted by our programming:


“I cannot tell you how we appreciate Tiffany’s participation with Camp Invention [Connect]. These have been difficult times for her with being separated from her friends. However, Camp Invention was the perfect bridge to keep her engaged in science and connecting her to other children. She enjoyed the virtual interaction and encouragement from her teacher.”
 — Patricia P., Camp Invention Connect Parent


“My son was able to build a ‘prototype’ of an invention he’s always dreamed of in his head. He loved creating things, and it gave him something to look forward to in this stressful time.”
Allison L., Camp Invention Connect Parent


“It was great to see how proud my son was after completing each step of a project, or after finding out how something works or seeing what happens when you experiment. I was especially proud of the awesome ideas he was coming up with for the Design Thinking Project. I believe he wants to keep inventing this summer.”
— Monica D., Camp Invention Connect Parent


Thank you to our national and regional donors for continuing to make a difference in the lives of children across the country!


National Investors in Creativity 

Providing support for children nationwide in transformational ways.

AbbVie Foundation
Army Educational Outreach Program
The Al and Helen Free Foundation

The Amos E. Joel Young Inventors Endowment
Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Nordson Corporation Foundation
Overdeck Family Foundation
ShurTech Brands, LLC


National Individual Donors

Providing support for children anywhere in the country.

Camp Invention Parents' Donations
Iver and Nancy Anderson
Bloom Foundation, in loving memory of Leonard I. Bloom, Esq.
Shawn Boger
Harendra S. Gandhi Foundation
Kristina M. Johnson
Marshall and Annie Jones
David Walt and Michele May


Northeast Ohio Donors

Providing support for children in Northeast Ohio, including the greater Akron and Cleveland regions.

Akron Community Foundation
Barberton Community Foundation
The Belden Brick Company Charitable Trust Fund
Glenn R. and Alice V. Boggess Memorial Foundation
Bridgestone Americas Akron Trust Fund
Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund at Akron Community Foundation
The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation
Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
Community Foundation of Lorain County
The George H. Deuble Foundation
Albert W. and Edith V. Flowers Charitable Foundation
The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation
Greater Alliance Foundation
The Huntington-Akron Foundation
Betty V. and John M. Jacobson Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Charles E. Loehr Charitable Trust
The Lubrizol Foundation
The Sisler McFawn Foundation

The Nord Family Foundation
The Reinberger Foundation
Romich Family Fund, a component fund of the Wayne County Community Foundation
Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Foundation
Synthomer Foundation
The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation
United Way of Summit and Medina
United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties
The Raymond John Wean Foundation
The Welty Family Foundation
Wooster Hydrostatics
The Youngstown Foundation


Central East Donors

Providing support for children in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
George and Lissa Elliott

EQT Foundation
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Richard E. Gasser Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
IEEE - Northern Virginia Section

Maryland Space Business Roundtable
Micron Foundation
Northrop Grumman Foundation
TE Connectivity


Mid-Central Donors

Providing support for children in Southern Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

American Electric Power Foundation
Coshocton Foundation -- Joan Hartley Gross Memorial Fund
Coshocton Rotary Club
Dow Corning Foundation
Ford Motor Company Fund
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
International Paper
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
LG&E and KU Foundation Inc.

The Lindorf Family Foundation
McWane Ductile
Miami County Foundation
The Montgomery Foundation
Edwin F. Mulligan Endowed Fund
Oxford Community Foundation

Pierce Family Fund of the Coshocton Foundation
Pilot Company
The Shelby Foundation
Simpson Family Donor Advised Fund of the Coshocton Foundation
Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV
The Troy Foundation
Wiley Companies/Wiley's Finest

Ralph D. & Judy P. Wisenburg Fund
The Youth Philanthropy Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation


New England Donors

Providing support for children in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
The Fossum Family Endowment
Kronos Incorporated
The Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College
Katharine Matthies Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
The Frederick McDonald Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
NAVAIR – Lakehurst
Salem Five Charitable Foundation
Vanderheiden Family Foundation


North Central Donors

Providing support for children in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc.
Bayer USA Foundation
Brandon Community Foundation of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
Dow Corning Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation – Indiana
Ford Motor Company Fund
The Gerber Foundation

Hardenbergh Foundation
Hemlock Semiconductor Community and Regional Empowerment (Care) Fund
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC

Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Kosciusko County Community Foundation

R.J. McElroy Trust
Sioux Valley Energy

TE Connectivity
Vectren Foundation, Inc.
We Energies Foundation


Plains and South-Central Donors

Providing support for children in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

CHS McPherson Refinery Inc.
The Clorox Company
Elizabeth H. and Stanley E. Evans Charitable Foundation
First National Bank of Fort Smith
H-E-B Tournament of Champions
William T. & May P. Hennessy Foundation
Funds have been provided by Kansas Health Foundation Children's Fund, administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation.

Killeen Evening Lions Club
OK Foods
ProPak Corporation
Rheem Manufacturing Company
Sam Sicard
Sundt Foundation
Time for Change Anti-Gang Coalition

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Walton Family Foundation
Weldon, Williams & Lick, Inc.


Southeast Coast Donors

Providing support for children in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.

Bayer USA Foundation
Cape Coral Community Foundation

Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities

The Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation, Inc.
Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation
TE Connectivity
Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America


Western Donors

Providing support for children in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The Boeing Company - Puget Sound
The Bohemian Foundation
Gordon Elwood Foundation

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
The Ford Family Foundation
Ford Motor Company Fund
Hatton GIBO Charitable Fund
The Longmont Community Foundation

Micron Foundation
OtterCares Foundation
Sandia National Laboratories
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation

Sorenson Legacy Foundation
The Summit Foundation

Sundt Foundation
The Weld Community Foundation Littler Youth Fund

Western Digital Foundation
Wyoming Community Foundation

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