Foundation Voices Blog

Learn more about the Mensa Foundation’s programs and efforts directly from our Trustees, committee chairs, appointees, donors, staff members, and supporters.

We hope you find inspiration in their stories.

Mensa Foundation Research Project: Identifying the Unmet Needs of Gifted Adults

The Mensa Foundation is committed to incorporating the lived experiences of gifted individuals across the lifespan into our understanding of intelligence and the resources we provide. That's why we're thrilled to introduce our groundbreaking Mensa Foundation Research Project, focused on understanding the unmet needs of gifted adults within the various contexts of life.

A Letter from the President

For the first time in our history, the Mensa Foundation has embarked on an original academic research endeavor. We are poised to be the primary beneficiaries of its insights. Our focus has broadened to encompass the understanding and support of intelligence and giftedness across the lifespan – and you can be a part of it too.

By Charlie Steinhice, Mensa Foundation President
Exploring New Perspectives on Intelligence and Giftedness

In today's rapidly changing world, our understanding of intelligence and
giftedness is evolving, moving away from traditional measures and

By John Thompson, Mensa Foundation Director of Development & Organizational Impact
Neurodiversity: A New Lens for Understanding Intelligence

As we venture further into 2023, we stand on the threshold of a new understanding of human intelligence.

By John Thompson, Mensa Foundation Director of Development & Organizational Impact
Our Plan to Unleash Intelligence

My fellow Trustees and I are genuinely excited about the Foundation’s future. We welcome you to be part of the process — as volunteers, donors, or general advocates for the Mensa Foundation.

By Charlie Steinhice, Mensa Foundation President
The Mensa Foundation at 50: Productive Past, Exciting Future

Your gifts are allowing us to add more resources to Mensa for Kids, increase scholarships, and bring Foundation award winners more recognition and support.

By Charlie Steinhice, Mensa Foundation President
The Mensa Foundation: Our Window on the World

The Foundation looks outward. It is our window on the world. It has an impact beyond ourselves. Its scholarships, fellowships, research grants, gifted youth programs, and other activities really make a difference. That’s what I want to do: make a difference. That’s why I made a major donation to the Mensa Foundation.

By Dave Cahn
Reassurance to Research How to Develop Talented Youth

Jonathan Wai, researcher and eight-time winner of the Award for Excellence in Research, is reminded that studying how to improve the development of talented youths is worthwhile as a research topic and can make a tangible impact in the lives of gifted kids.

By Jonathan Wai