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The SMPS Foundation delivers research and marketing intelligence to inspire success and improve bottom-line results.

The SMPS Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established by SMPS in 1992 to develop a greater understanding of and then impact the role and value of marketing and business development. The SMPS Foundation is funded by donations from SMPS members, their firms, and others interested in our work.

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We are grateful for our donors, and with your contribution we will continue to influence our profession with important research and advocacy. Our recent accomplishments include:
  • Implemented the initial research, in collaboration with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, for our new annual client survey that seeks to understand how owners make decisions about contracting for professional services. A report is expected to be published in 2021.
  • Conducted a multi-month survey, in collaboration with Building Design+Construction magazine, to gauge how A/E/C firms are impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Responses from the 2020 survey can be reviewed now and the survey will continue in 2021.
  • Partnered with the SMPS Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) task force to raise funds to support forthcoming foundation initiatives, which are currently in development.

To continue our future work, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation* to the SMPS Foundation. Your support will directly contribute to the development of future initiatives that support our industry and professionals like you. And did you know there have been some changes for deductions due to the CARES Act? Taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations.

There are multiple ways to support your profession’s foundation that meet your individual or corporate needs. (*U.S. residents only.)

  1. Check the box: when you receive your annual SMPS membership dues renewal by email or paper, you can add a donation when you submit the form. Most people give this away.
  2. Donate online: click here to donate on this website.
  3. Corporate matching gifts: if your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will take care any necessary follow-up with your employer.
  4. By check: personal and corporate checks are accepted.
  5. Text2Give: To participate, text “Give 35” (to give $35 in your country’s currency, but you can enter any amount) to 703.991.6181 and follow the prompts. You do not need to include the $ character.
  6. Amazon Smile: if you buy products with Amazon and use this URL, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the foundation.
  7. Planned giving: individuals may designate the SMPS Foundation in their estates, life insurance, and other planned giving strategies. Please contact the SMPS staff liaison to discuss these options.


Did you know changes to allowable deductions due to the CARES Act have been extended for 2021? U.S. taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 and 2021 to qualifying organizations, which includes the SMPS Foundation. For more information about the CARES Act, please visit the U.S. IRS website.

Lifetime Giving Recognition Levels:

Society Circle: Up to $999
Leadership Club: $1,000-$2,499
Trustee Society: $2,500-$4,999
The 1973 Society: $5,000-$9,999
Founders Circle: $10,000-$25,999
Cornerstone Society: $25,000-$49,999
Pinnacle Partners: $50,000+

Types of Donations:

Foundation Individual Donation
Foundation Chapter Donation
Foundation Corporate Donation
Foundation Memorial Endowment Donation
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