Supporting the Mission

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  1983 2013
Total Assets $23,000,000 $42,300,000
Annual Revenues $1,700,000 $2,690,000
Annual Contributions $787,000 $2,700,000
Annual Awards and grants $798,000 $1,330,000

As you may know, the AAPG Foundation continues to demonstrate considerable progress in achieving its mission to support educational, charitable and scientific programs and activities for the benefit of the geologic profession and the general public.

I developed a comparison to its activities of 30 years ago, and as you can see on the accompanying table and the information below, our Foundation has done well in supporting our mission.


Some of the larger programs that the AAPG Foundation supports annually include the Distinguished Lecture and Visiting Geoscientists Programs, the Imperial Barrel Award, the BULLETIN, Grants-In-Aid and the L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant program.

New for 2013, the AAPG Foundation Trustees approved proposals for funding:

  • The James A. Hartman Student Chapter Leadership Summit ($25,000).
  • The Santa Barbara Museum/Dibblee Geology Center ($45,000).
  • Young Professionals and student field trip during the AAPG-RMS meeting ($2,000).
  • AGI’s Earth Science Week ($35,000).
  • Animations of the Geological History of Colorado ($50,000).
  • Boy Scouts of America Geology Merit Badge Program ($5,600).
  • Charles H. Taylor Fellowship ($5,000).
  • Teacher of the Year award increase ($1,000).

Since 1983, annual support also is given for the Halbouty Lecture, the Professorial Award, Teacher of the Year, Teachers Day at ACE, student field trips, the Michel T. Halbouty Endowed Fellowship, and the Holland Professorial Award.

Trustee Associate membership has grown from 230 in 1983 to 275 in 2013 – and the group continues to provide considerable financial support for AAPG Foundation programs.

Also, in 2013 the AAPG Foundation supported initiatives in the following countries: United States, Canada, Colombia, United Kingdom, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Egypt, Armenia, Romania, Austria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Uganda and Nigeria.


Because of your contributions, thousands of people are touched by the outreach of the AAPG Foundation. Learn more on the AAPG Foundation website.

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