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.

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
Validation for an Approach to Helping People With Autism

Speech pathologist Matthew Guggemos reflects on receiving the Foundation’s Intellectual Benefits to Society Award for his design contributions to InnerVoice — a communication app for children with autism that teaches social communication skills through AI visual language technology.

By Matthew Guggemos
An Education Toward Identifying and Nurturing Gifted Kids

The inaugural Mensa Foundation Gifted Education Fellowship provided opportunity and insight for one New Jersey educator on her quest to ensure that gifted learners from all socioeconomic levels, races, genders, and ethnicities are identified and served.

By Lynne Henwood
Scholarships Reward and Pay Forward Promise

A scholarship is an investment in the promise of a student whose intelligence and vision will yield returns many times over. For 50 years, the Mensa Foundation has nurtured that promise in thousands of students.

By Philanthropy Director John Thompson and Trustee Nguyen Pham
Shaping Curious Minds Online

Whether you’re the parent of a gifted child, a teacher looking for additional learning resources, or a family in need of homeschooling material, Mensa for Kids can provide extra support.

By Laurel Salazar
Key Events in Mensa Foundation History

Celebrating its golden anniversary, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation has evolved with the times, all the while staying true to its bedrock principles of empowering intelligence for the betterment of humanity and envisioning a society where intellectually gifted people are celebrated, nurtured, and supported.

Mensa Foundation’s 50-year History Portends Growing Support for Intelligence

It started with a polymath and an idea — as it often does in Mensa. Then, over five decades, the Mensa Foundation grew a booming scholarship program, extended support for research into intelligence, provided gifted youth special programming, and much more to unleash intelligence for the benefit of humanity.

By Trustee Marie Mayer and Philanthropy Director John Thompson
Revamped and Moved Online, Mr* Mensa Raises Record Haul

Even before the pandemic nudged the event online, this year’s satirical take on the traditional pageant was bound to break barriers. The results delivered the first Mr. and Ms. Mensa duo, Jay Patton and Jen Zbylski, and raised for the Mensa Education & Research Foundation a record $42,731 — more than double any previous year.

By Laurel Salazar