About Us

Founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the ASCE Foundation has inspired a generous spirit of giving in support of our vision to build a better world.

The Foundation was established to own and operate ASCE’s headquarters building, raising more than $4 million during its first campaign to purchase and renovate the office building in Reston, Virginia. Since then, the Foundation has gone far beyond that initial activity, raising more than $43 million for special projects and programs for ASCE and the profession.

The Foundation provides philanthropic support for four main focus areas of ASCE programs: Student Activities, Education, Leadership, and Engineering Programs. These focus areas include activities like the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition+, Younger Member Leadership Symposium, ExCEEd Teaching workshops, and Multi-Region Leadership Conferences.

The Foundation also supports special initiatives and programs like the Sustainable Infrastructure Initiatives fund, the ASCE HQ sustainable parking lot project, and provides funding for technical specialty programs like the SEI Futures Fund, CI Student Days, and AEI International Student Design Competition. 

ASCE Foundation is led by the Foundation Board and governed by the Foundation Bylaws.

Our Vision

The ASCE Foundation provides support for ASCE programs that enhance quality of life, promote the profession, advance technical practices, and prepare civil engineers for tomorrow.

Our Mission

The ASCE Foundation develops resources to build a stronger profession to meet tomorrow’s national and global challenges.

What We Fund

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Grants may be distributed to ASCE programs and occasionally to ASCE sections and branches, with the approval of the ASCE Foundation Board of Directors.

Explore the Programs We Support