Match Game: A Win-Win Result for Foundation

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The AAPG Foundation has seen a dramatic uptick in matching gifts recently.

Specifically, matching gifts given to the AAPG Foundation increased from $11,000 in 2011 to over $39,000 in 2012.

“What is a matching gift,” you ask?

Many companies offer programs that will match charitable contributions made by their employees. In other words, if you make a gift to the Foundation, your company may do the same thing, matching the amount that you’ve contributed.

Many thanks to the BP Foundation, Encana Cares Foundation, Chevron Humankind, EOG Resources, Dominion Foundation, ConocoPhillips, BHP Billiton Matching Gift Program and Cimarex Energy for making 2012 an exciting year.

Three more companies already have been added to the 2013 honor roll of matching gifts: Lewis and Clark Exploration, Whiting Oil and Gas and McMoRan Oil and Gas Company.

You don’t have to be an employee of a large company to make an impact. So far in 2013, the AAPG Foundation has received more than $8,000 in matching gifts.

Of course, we’d love to add more names to this list. if you can add your company’s name.

An incredible show of support has poured in to the Foundation as a result of our appeal to boost the undergraduate scholarship fund known as the L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant program.

The program was established by a $1 million contribution made by L. Austin Weeks, and the earnings from the investment of this gift provide for approximately 40 grants.

Additional donations have enabled the program to grow – and because the demand for the grants has increased, so too has the need for additional contributions.

The good news: So far in 2013, our donors have contributed more than $49,000 to this fund. This will add new universities to the existing list of grant recipients.

The awards for 2013 recently were dispersed, and thank-you letters are pouring in from the 67 individuals and student chapters that received funding this year. The needs being met range from books and tuition to field camps and rock hammers. Students clearly are very appreciative for the financial backing that comes from donors like you.

Student needs continue to be met as university subscriptions to the Datapages archives are added to their list of resources.

Thanks to Paul Buckthal, Texas Christian University is the newest recipient of a Datapages subscription.

Thanks to Marathon Oil, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Montana have new subscriptions to the GIS-UDRIL.

A word to AAPG members: As you prepare to send in your annual dues, please consider adding a contribution to the AAPG Foundation. Your gifts enable us to continue to support many university student scholarships and programs, K-12 educational programs, teacher’s aids and training, lecture tours and dozens of other resources and initiatives.

In 2012, 5.63 percent of AAPG members gave to the Foundation at some point in the year.

Can you help us grow that number?

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Natalie Adams served as the AAPG Foundation manager from October 2010 through April 2014.

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