Foundation Voices

Foundation Voices blogFoundation Voices is the Mensa Foundation blog, where you can learn about our programs and efforts from the Trustees themselves, as well as from committee chairs, appointees, donors, staff members and supporters of the Foundation. We hope you'll find their insights informational and inspiring.


This Is Why it Matters — Incoming President details Foundation’s impact

This Is Why it Matters — Incoming President details Foundation’s impact

When I retired from my day job a few years ago, I had visions of reading books while lounging in my Adirondack chair near my neatly tended perennial garden. Nice fantasy. Since then, my path has taken quite a different turn.

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I’ll Miss the Foundation — And you would, too

I’ll Miss the Foundation — And you would, too

It all started in the mid-’80s with a small ad in the Bulletin: Help Wanted — Editor of the Mensa Research Journal. “I can do that,” I thought.

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Treat Yourself: Foundation Rewards Our Minds and Futures

Treat Yourself: Foundation Rewards Our Minds and Futures

The Mensa Foundation brings scholarships and colloquiums to us. It’s up to us to make the most of them and, by donating our time and our funds, to make sure they continue.

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Recognize Dedication and Talent Through Your Foundation

Recognize Dedication and Talent Through Your Foundation

It's that time between the holidays and the first crocus where those of us grounded by blizzards watch the weather forecasts and daydream of spring and summer days. As school winds down, parents start thinking about ways to show appreciation to all the people who guided, cajoled, taught, encouraged and inspired our children.

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Supporting Local Groups Through Matching Grants

Supporting Local Groups Through Matching Grants

Each local group can apply for up to $200 per year to pay for things like planetarium shows, museum admissions and even behind-the-scenes visits to local theme parks — all that is asked in return is for the local group to share the costs.

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Foundation Furthers Insights into Intelligence

Foundation Furthers Insights into Intelligence

The Foundation’s Awards for Excellence in Research and the Lifetime Achievement Awards provide recognition for researchers — recognition that helps generations of scholars bring new insights to the field of human intelligence, and the Mensa Research Journal helps spread the word about their work.

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Success Through Scholarships, Education and Awards

Success Through Scholarships, Education and Awards

2015 has been a superb year at the Mensa Foundation. Together we have sent 187 students back to school with a little extra money for tuition and books, we explored the inner reaches of the brain and how it works, and our gifted children resources were used by teachers throughout the world. And we were just getting started.

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Mensa mission supported by Foundation efforts

Mensa mission supported by Foundation efforts

The Mensa Foundation serves to address key parts of Mensa's mission statement: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity and to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.

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June 30, 2016
This Is Why it Matters — Incoming President details Foundation’s impact
This Is Why it Matters — Incoming President details Foundation’s impact

When I retired from my day job a few years ago, I had visions of reading books while lounging in my Adirondack chair near my neatly tended perennial garden. Nice fantasy. Since then, my path has taken quite a different turn.

By Marie Mayer, Foundation President
May 24, 2016
I’ll Miss the Foundation — And you would, too
I’ll Miss the Foundation — And you would, too

It all started in the mid-’80s with a small ad in the Bulletin: Help Wanted — Editor of the Mensa Research Journal. “I can do that,” I thought.

By Phyllis Miller, Foundation Trustee
April 7, 2016
Treat Yourself: Foundation Rewards Our Minds and Futures
Treat Yourself: Foundation Rewards Our Minds and Futures

The Mensa Foundation brings scholarships and colloquiums to us. It’s up to us to make the most of them and, by donating our time and our funds, to make sure they continue.

By Phyllis Miller, Trustee
February 25, 2016
Recognize Dedication and Talent Through Your Foundation
Recognize Dedication and Talent Through Your Foundation

It's that time between the holidays and the first crocus where those of us grounded by blizzards watch the weather forecasts and daydream of spring and summer days. As school winds down, parents start thinking about ways to show appreciation to all the people who guided, cajoled, taught, encouraged and inspired our children.

By Jane Hanson and Joan Hiller, Trustees
January 28, 2016
Supporting Local Groups Through Matching Grants
Supporting Local Groups Through Matching Grants

Each local group can apply for up to $200 per year to pay for things like planetarium shows, museum admissions and even behind-the-scenes visits to local theme parks — all that is asked in return is for the local group to share the costs.

By Lessa Scherrer and Joanne Soper, Trustees
December 17, 2015
Foundation Furthers Insights into Intelligence
Foundation Furthers Insights into Intelligence

The Foundation’s Awards for Excellence in Research and the Lifetime Achievement Awards provide recognition for researchers — recognition that helps generations of scholars bring new insights to the field of human intelligence, and the Mensa Research Journal helps spread the word about their work.

By Phyllis Miller, Trustee
October 20, 2015
Success Through Scholarships, Education and Awards
Success Through Scholarships, Education and Awards

2015 has been a superb year at the Mensa Foundation. Together we have sent 187 students back to school with a little extra money for tuition and books, we explored the inner reaches of the brain and how it works, and our gifted children resources were used by teachers throughout the world. And we were just getting started.

By Joan Hiller, Trustee
September 22, 2015
Mensa mission supported by Foundation efforts
Mensa mission supported by Foundation efforts

The Mensa Foundation serves to address key parts of Mensa's mission statement: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity and to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.

By Heather Poirier and Dave Remine
July 23, 2015
Bright students around the world benefit from our scholarships
Bright students around the world benefit from our scholarships

As we wrap up this year, 188 grateful students will receive scholarship money thanks to the donors and local groups who contributed funds to sustain and increase scholarship awards. The dedication of the 400 to 500 volunteers who serve as judges and chairs at the local, regional, national and international level are definitely the backbone of the program and make me very proud to be a Mensa member.

By Marie Mayer, Mensa Foundation Vice President
June 25, 2015
Collaborating with the Library of Congress
Collaborating with the Library of Congress

Every year, the bibliophilic faithful gather in Washington, D.C., for the Library of Congress' National Book Festival. Amid the thousands of people, hundreds of titles and dozens of authors, the Mensa Foundation plays an integral role in the success of the Festival.

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