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.

Millennials Toast Gifted Students with New Scholarship Endowment
By Laurel Gregory

Thanks to a few evenings of light debauchery and spirits sampling at the 2019 Annual Gathering in Phoenix, the GenY Special Interest Group raised more than $30,000 to endow a scholarship fund … a year earlier than they expected.

Contestant’s Generosity Delivers Mr. Mensa Fundraising Record
By Laurel Gregory

At the heart of this hilarious competitive pursuit for the crown, the mission of Mr. Mensa remains the same: to raise money for a worthy cause — and to have a good time doing it.

The Value of Mensa Foundation Scholarships
By E. "Bunny" Warsh

Mensa and the Mensa Foundation are like anything else in life: You get out of it exactly what you put into it. Participate, get involved. If you’re in a position to endow a scholarship, by all means do so. The Foundation will help you every step of the way.

She Changed My Life; She Saved My Life
By Jessica Street | Illustration by Kirsten Wahlquist

The following was written by Mensan Jessica Street in support of Karyl Kubick Hanson’s nomination for the Mensa Foundation Distinguished Teacher Award, recognizing a teacher for positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member. It is reprinted with permission upon the announcement of Hanson receiving the 2018 accolade.

Why Do I Teach?
By Benjamin Rudolph, 2017 Distinguished Teacher of the Year

It's not the grades I received on tests or worksheets that really shaped my education — what had a lasting impact for me were the activities and experiences that were driven by curiosity and discovery. Clever use of creativity and collaboration to solve problems provides kids I teach today the resilience and perseverance necessary for continual improvement.

A Foundation for Giving Back
By Jennifer Wise, Foundation Trustee

As a second-generation Mensa member who’s married to a Mensan and hopes to have children in Mensa one day, I want to ensure a supportive environment for the bright young minds that seek acceptance and deserve to be celebrated.

Mensa for Kids’ Excellence in Reading Program
By Chip Taulbee

Laura Buller, a high school teacher from Conroe, Texas, recently became just the sixth person to document and complete the Mensa for Kids’ Excellence in Reading high-schoolers list.

I Just Met a Girl Named Maria
By Rev. Sam Sewell, Southwest by South Florida Mensa

In Naples, Fla., we know people who have a bad day if their hot tub springs a leak. Maria thinks things are okay if she has eaten that day. I am glad Mensa could help her out.