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American Institute of Professional Geologists

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Foundation of the AIPG – Young Professional Pilot Program
We are facing a potential scarcity of professional geologists in the near future due to the aging of our workforce. This is a product of the surge from the “babyboom” generation that is approaching retirement.  AIPG has often discussed this pending human resource shortage and now wants to take steps to attract and keep youngsters in the profession.  One such step is to create a Young Professional Program.  The concept of the YPP is to bring together young geoscience professionals in various regions of the country for social interaction, training, and networking among themselves and with companies and organizations that employ geologists. The concept is to provide a program that is fun, easy to get to, of short duration, very economical, and beneficial to the young geoscientist and employers alike. The Foundation of the AIPG plans to financially support a Young Professionals Pilot Program (YPPP) that AIPG will design and operate. This YPPP will most likely be in the Denver area.  If the pilot shows promise, it can be refined and operated in other locations in the country.  Please support the Foundation, AIPG and society with your financial contribution toward this noble effort.  For details on how to contribute, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

Development Committee Members
The FAIPG has been in the process of establishing its internal structure and policies, which include the creation of a development arm. The FAIPG seeks a volunteer to become a member of the Foundation and undertake the key role as the Chair of the Development Committee. We are also seeking other volunteers to serve on that committee. Some have suggested that retired or semi-retired members of AIPG may best be suited for this role, but the FAIPG does not wish to exclude any person with a strong interest.  Persons who have been active at the AIPG section level, and/or the national level, may be well suited, especially if such persons have non-profit development experience.  However, previous close involvement in AIPG is not a prerequisite. Chairing the development committee will be a challenging, prominent role and very visible to the AIPG community. We ask that you consider filling this important need.  For details, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

Foundation of the AIPG – Please Join Us at the AIPG Annual National Meeting in Prescott, Arizona
The FAIPG wishes to be visible, especially to members of AIPG.  All members of AIPG are welcome to participate in any FAIPG meeting conducted throughout the year.  Please be sure to attend the FAIPG meeting while at the AIPG annual meeting this fall (Sunday, September 14 from 4 to 6 pm).  You will learn of the foundation’s mission to support AIPG and have a chance to meet foundation members and help to support the future of AIPG though FAIPG efforts.  For details, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

Silent Auction - September 15th at AIPG Awards Dinner
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists will hold a silent auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner and social function on Monday, September 15th starting at 6 pm at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening dinner function, at about 8:30 pm. We hope you will consider a donation to the silent auction to raise funds in support of the Foundation for AIPG programs, scholarships, internships, and various initiatives. Please complete the form with information about your donations (such as mineral/rock specimens, books, antiques or historic items, artwork, jewelry, maps, stay at a vacation home, and other things geologic).

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation’s capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

Foundation of the AIPG – 2013 Year End Tax Planning – Two Ways to Consider

IRA – ROLL OVER
At the Foundation of the AIPG, we want to make you aware of some important tax-saving legislation that will expire at the end of 2013.  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 allows individuals, age 70 ½ or older, to make tax-free gifts of up to $100,000 of individual retirement account (IRA) assets directly to qualified charitable organizations, such as the AIPG Foundation.  Gifts for the 2013 tax year may be made until December 31, 2013.  These transfers would fulfill some or all of your required minimum distribution without increasing taxable income.  By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting our mission.
 
If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you may make a tax-free transfer up to $100,000 from your individual retirement account (IRA) to the Foundation of the AIPG until December 31, 2013.  Although you could not claim a tax deduction for this gift, the distribution would not be counted as part of your taxable income.  Additionally, any gift from your IRA would fulfill some or all of your required minimum distribution without increasing your taxable income.

This tax-free IRA rollover is an ideal way to support the important work of the Foundation of the AIPG to be part of our mission to build the youthful side of our profession.

How to Make an IRA Rollover Gift in 2013 - Contact your IRA custodian to make a gift from your IRA for 2013. The IRS will treat the amount of the cash gift as if you had made a direct rollover to charity and you can then avoid federal tax on the amount of the gift.

REGULAR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS
This year end please consider contributing to the Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists a 501(c)(3) corporation .  Contributions are tax deductible.

For more information on either of these ways to support the Foundation of  the AIPG, please contact John Bognar, Foundation Chairman at 314.660.9968   Thank you for thinking of the Foundation of the AIPG in your tax planning.

The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists is a 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible.

For further information or if you have questions about donating to the Foundation, contact John Bognar, Chairman, The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists at (314) 660-9968 or John.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

The current Trustees of the Foundation are:

John Bognar, Chairman; Sam Gowan, Vice Chairman; Mike Lawless, Secretary; Dave Rhode, Treasurer; Steve Maslansky, Trustee at Large; Ray Talkington, Trustee; Barbara Murphy, Trustee; Dan St. Germain, Trustee; Bill Siok, Trustee; Dorothy Richter, Trustee; Pat Leahy, Trustee; Rick Powers, Trustee; Jeff Cornoyer, Trustee, and Dave Kohler, Trustee.

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.