Throughout the year, the SEG Foundation promotes special funding opportunities for its donors and for the general public. This page highlights current campaigns and causes that are in need of support.

SEG Annual Fund

Members of SEG and geoscientists around the globe should have access to innovative, state-of-the-art programs and services. The SEG Foundation is addressing these needs of geoscientists, focused on the broader geophysical community and the general public.

By providing critical operational support of our programs and activities, you can make a difference that will impact thousands of lives all over the world… and even your own career!


Create a Legacy Gift

Naming the SEG Foundation in your will or living trust is a popular way to support the geoscience community. A charitable bequest can be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or what remains after other bequests are made. View more information on Planned Giving here.

What’s the Difference Between an Endowment and a Non-Endowment Gift


Funds are to be invested and the earnings are to be spent according to the board designated annual spending rate.


Funds are to be used for operating and programmatic expenditures and are received with the intent of being spent within twelve to twenty-four months of receipt.

Geoscientists without Borders® Support Fund

Geoscientists without Borders (GWB) projects benefit global communities in need facing environmental hardship and natural hazards due to resource shortages, natural and human induced disasters. Donors have helped fund 34 projects in 27 countries since 2008. Most of the projects are related to water management and preparedness for natural disaster such as earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis.

GWB strengthens global geoscience application through multidisciplinary projects with humanitarian impacts and provide training to the next generation of geoscientists. However, this cannot be accomplished without your financial help. Donate now.

The IRA Charitable Rollover is Now Permanent

If you are 70½ or older, you can support a number of SEG programs through a meaningful and tax-free gift directly from your traditional or Roth IRA. Use this to advance the mission of the Society and directly support our growing geophysical community.

What are the benefits?

  • Up to US$100,000 may be transferred every year as a new outright gift or to satisfy an existing pledge.
  • Qualifies for the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).
  • Such gifts are excluded from your taxable income.

Contact your IRA Manager today and request a distribution be made directly to the SEG Foundation. Request that your gift be identified with your name, address, and intention to use it as an IRA rollover.

Forrest Honorary Fund

The SEG Foundation has recently established honorary endowment funds to honor outstanding SEG colleagues who have made contributions to geophysics, the Society, and the oil and gas industry. The first Honorary Endowment Fund will be dedicated to Mike Forrest for his lifelong leadership and contributions in these areas. Mike has chosen the Geoscientists without Borders (GWB) program as the beneficiary of his named honorary endowment fund — the Michael C. Forrest Honorary Endowed Fund.

Please join the many others who are honoring Mike with a gift to the GWB endowment today. Donate now by selecting SEG Programs and then Michael C. Forrest Honorary Endowed Fund in the fund drop-down list.