Fostering Engineering Leadership for the Nation

Founded in 1920, the Society of American Military Engineers, through the lasting contributions of its members, partners, and stakeholders, has played a critical role at every phase of progress in the engineering, architecture, and construction fields over the last century. In 2016, with a vision to strengthen and expand our philanthropic efforts, the SAME Foundation was established to foster engineering leadership for the nation.

The first meeting of the SAME Foundation Board of Directors was held January 26, 2017. Establishing the Foundation was a major step toward achieving the goals and objectives of the 2020 SAME Strategic Plan. As we embark on the 2025 strategic plan, the SAME Foundation now has an enormous opportunity to support the development of the next generation of military, government civilian, and A/E/C industry leaders. 

The SAME Foundation supports programs that introduce youth to STEM, develop emerging leaders with our membership, and increase the number of veterans transitioning into the engineering and construction workforce. The Foundation also provides a secure and beneficial repository for charitable and other bequeaths from members of the Society and the public at large. 

We are so fortunate to have an extraordinary group of individuals who have stepped up to lead the SAME Foundation. The Foundation is chaired by Mr. Harold Rosen, D.FSAME (Dist.).


Ways to Support the SAME Foundation


A significant portion of the SAME Foundation’s raised funds comes from yearly donations by individuals.



Donate to the SAME Foundation


Corporations, including Sustaining Members firms, can donate to the success of the SAME Foundation and future leaders, with perpetual recognition for your company.


Contact Sal Nodjomian


Learn more about how you can include SAME Foundation in your planned giving such as bequest through wills, creating a permanent legacy for yourself
within SAME.


Contact Suzanne DiGeronimo


Visit, search Society of American Military Engineers Foundation. These small donations through purchases you make on Amazon can, and do, add up.


Contact Sally Riker

Donate Stocks

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to the SAME Foundation.

Benefits of gifts of stocks and bonds

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated stock
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction
  • Further our mission today

How to make a gift of stocks and bonds

By electronic transfer - Please contact us for instructions on how you can transfer stock or bonds from your brokerage or investment account to the SAME Foundation.

By certified mail - If you hold securities in certificate form, you will need to mail two envelopes separately to complete your gift. In the first envelope, place the unsigned stock certificate(s). In the other envelope, include a signed stock power for each certificate. You may obtain this power from your broker or bank. Please remember to use certified mail.

More on gifts of stocks and bonds

There are special rules for valuing a gift of stock. The value of a charitable gift of stock is determined by taking the mean between the high and low stock price on the date of the gift. Mutual fund shares are valued using the closing price for the fund on the date of the gift.

Contact us

If you have any questions about gifts of stocks and bonds, please contact the Foundation at We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.

Investing in SAME

The Foundation engages the philanthropic community by identifying Society programs worthy of donor investment. Program outcomes present a diversity of impact that ensures the Society endures for the next 100 years. Visit Program Impact to learn more about the impact the Foundation is making by supporting programs like the Leader Development Program.

Leader Development Program

Through support from the Foundation, SAME launched the Leader Development Program (LDP) to identify and cultivate talent from within SAME’s membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. The program supports the development of the next generation of world-class military, government, and industry leaders for the Society and our nation through a curriculum of hands-on training, study, and active engagement in new opportunities. The year-long program begins at JETC and concludes at the following JETC. Learn more about LDP.

Read about the program in the SAME Bricks and Clicks blog.

To learn more about the LDP projects, click here for a feature in the Nov/Dec TME issue.


Working with the network of SAME Posts, volunteers, and sponsors, and support from the SAME Foundation, the Society of American Military Engineers develops, maintains, and grows a variety of camps to provide in-person experiences to students interested in exploring STEM-related skills and careers. The net outcome is more STEM professionals available to meet needs of our nation. To learn more, visit our camps page.

Camp Alumni Scholarships

The Foundation supports a scholarship program for Engineering & Construction camp alumni. Qualified applicants must have attended a SAME Engineering & Construction Camp, are currently high-school seniors preparing to enter college, and will major in engineering, architecture, or an engineering-related field. Learn more about these scholarships.

Camp Mentoring

The Foundation supports the participation of SAME members to serve as mentors at the Engineering and Construction camps. Mentors play a vital role in providing a rigorous and supportive camp experience. By interacting with the campers, their guidance and advice, based on their own experience and education, creates strong bonds that last beyond our camps. Participants are no longer alone in their pursuit of a STEM degree. They know they have someone they can contact to get answers or support. This relationship is extremely valuable to their academic and professional trajectory. Click here for more details.


Founding Donor Campaign

The Foundation closed the Foundation Donor Campaign on December 31, 2020. Thank you to all those who contributed to the campaign to continue the Foundation's important work of fostering engineering leadership for the nation.

View the list of Founding Donors.

“None of us can address the challenges facing the engineering community alone. But if we each do our part and pool our resources together,
we can help develop the future leadership our nation needs within the A/E/C profession.”

–Col. John Mogge, Ph.D., RA, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), President, SAME Foundation Board of Directors (2017-2019)

SAME Foundation Board

Harold Rosen, F.SAME (Dist.)
Foundation President and Board Chair 
Anthony Leketa*, P.E., F.SAME (Dist.), SES (Ret.)
Foundation Vice-president and Board Vice-chair
Maj. Gen. Timothy Byers*, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) Suzanne DiGeronimo, RA, F.SAME
RADM Randall J.F. Gardner, P.E., F.SAME, USPHS (Ret.) Maj. Gen. Eugene Lupia*, P.E., F.SAME (Dist.), USAF (Ret.)
Angie Martinez, P.E., F.SAME RADM Dave Nash*, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN (Ret.)
Col Sal Nodjomian*, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) Jane Penny*, P.E., F.SAME (Dist.)
CAPT Bob Schlesinger, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN (Ret.) Susan Thames, F.SAME
RADM Ron Silva, P.E., F.SAME, USCG (Ret.) Sally Riker, F.SAME
COL John Henderson, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.)  
* Past SAME National President  



Supporting Documentation

Nominating Procedures 8 Aug 22 Post Funds Policy
SAME Foundation Brief (as of Nov 2021) SAME Foundation FAQs (as of Nov 2021)
Investment Policy Guidance Stewardship Policy (as of Sept. 2019)
SAME-Foundation MOU (as of Nov. 2020) SAME Foundation Business Plan (as of 30 Oct 16)
NFP Guide_2012 Non-profit Board Fiduciary Responsibilities
Request for Foundation Funds  

Historical Documentation

SAME Foundation Bylaws (approved May 26, 2020)
Foundation Advertisement-v2-Vietnam
8-30-16 Foundation Board Update
Foundation Board Nominating Procedures
Articles of Incorporation SAME National Foundation 21 Mar 16
IRS Final 2023 May 2016
Foundation Advertisement-v1-GeneralTME
Foundation Roll-out Concept
Certificate of Incorporation
IRS Determination Letter
IRS Form 1023 Supplemental Information

SAME Foundation Board Meeting Minutes

June Minutes
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The SAME Foundation's compelling purpose is to Foster Engineering Leadership for the Nation. Each year, the Foundation seeks nominations to fill open positions on the Board of Directors to help us achieve that purpose. The three-year terms begin on January 1st, with an option for a renewal. Commitment includes 4 board meetings per year, plus committee assignments. 

If you have questions, please contact Kathy Off at

The SAME Foundation is registered as a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Contributions to the SAME Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. EIN: 81-1960637


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