The National Society of Black Engineers has received a $225,000 Community Impact Award grant from the Executive Leadership Foundation (ELF). NSBE will use the award to expand four program initiatives: yearlong engagement of elementary and middle school students through the Society’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK); support of NSBE Jr. members; engineering program retention activities and leadership development for NSBE collegiate members; and professional development of NSBE Professionals.
The ELF is the philanthropic arm of the 28-year-old Executive Leadership Council, the nation’s largest association of African-American executives. Competition for this year’s Community Impact Award was stiff: more than 35 proposals were presented for consideration, and 2014 marked the first time the ELF selected two organizations to receive grants. NSBE and Management Leaders for Tomorrow shared $450,000, the largest total award ever.
NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. accepted the award on behalf of NSBE during the 2014 Executive Leadership Foundation Gala, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., this past Oct. 30. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson and former head of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; and Debra L. Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks, were also honored at the event.
“This award marks a new era for NSBE,” says Dr. Reid. “In addition to receiving the support to expand several of our strategic programs, having the opportunity to build a strategic partnership with the most influential and respected council of black executives is boundless.”
“NSBE is grateful to the Executive Leadership Foundation for this very generous award,” says NSBE National Chair Sossena Wood. “Receiving this affirmation of the positive impact of our work inspires us to continue fulfilling our promise to our communities through our mission.”