Create a Lasting Legacy of STEM Learning

Sustain Existing Programs and Support New, Equitable Opportunities

Endowment funds provide the stability needed to continue delivering National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) education programs to children nationwide and for future generations. Existing endowment funds, and the opportunity to establish your own, provide you with many ways to support either the NIHF mission or the programs you are most passionate about, well into the future. 

Current Endowment Funds

Children’s Education Fund

520,000 children who have benefited from scholarships to NIHF education programs over the past five years were underserved. Because of donors like you, NIHF programs are made accessible to children nationwide through scholarships. Help reach our goal of adding $1 million to the Children’s Education Fund when you invest in the next generation.

The Fossum Family Endowment

Established by 2011 NIHF Inductee Eric R. Fossum and his wife, Su, The Fossum Family Endowment provides children in New Hampshire the opportunity to participate in Camp Invention®. Dr. and Mrs. Fossum believe in the importance of leaving a legacy that supports STEM learning for children in their community for years to come.

The Amos E. Joel Young Inventors Endowment

Sisters Andrea Joel and Stephanie Joel established The Amos E. Joel Young Inventors Endowment in 2010. Created in memory of their father, NIHF Inductee Amos Joel Jr., this meaningful fund supports scholarships for underserved children.

The Al and Helen Free Foundation Children’s Endowment

Honoring the legacies of NIHF Inductees Alfred H. Free and Helen M. Free, The Al and Helen Free Foundation Children’s Endowment was established in 2013 by Helen Free to provide scholarships for underserved children to attend Camp Invention.

The Spencer Silver Memorial Endowment Fund

Established in 2021 by Linda Silver in memory of NIHF Inductee Spencer Silver, The Spencer Silver Memorial Endowment Fund provides underserved children in Minnesota with access to scholarships for Camp Invention.

Collegiate Fund

Your gift to the Collegiate Fund supports undergraduate and graduate student inventors by providing them with essential Intellectual Property Literacy and opportunities to enjoy the unique benefits of competing in the annual Collegiate Inventors Competition®.

Inductee Fund

When you choose to contribute to the Inductee Fund, you are supporting storytelling in the NIHF Museum, the organization’s annual Inductee selection process and impactful Inductee outreach programs that introduce children to real-life inventors.

Start YOUR fund today!

Endowment gifts to NIHF can support your favorite program or the overall mission. The opportunity to name your fund is available with a minimum fund balance of $25,000.

Have Questions?

For more information, contact Olivia Wakeling, Director of Donor Engagement, by filling out the Contact Form on this page, or reaching out at 330-437-7106 or [email protected].

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