Fostering Engineering Leadership for the Nation

Founded in 1920, the Society of American Military Engineers, through the lasting contributions of its members, partners, and stakeholders, has played a critical role at every phase of progress in the engineering, architecture, and construction fields over the last century. In 2016, with a vision to strengthen and expand our philanthropic efforts, the SAME Foundation was established to foster engineering leadership for the nation.

The first meeting of the SAME Foundation Board of Directors was held January 26, 2017. Establishing the Foundation was a major step toward achieving the goals and objectives of the 2020 SAME Strategic Plan. As we embark on the 2025 strategic plan, the SAME Foundation now has an enormous opportunity to support the development of the next generation of military, government civilian, and A/E/C industry leaders. 

The SAME Foundation supports programs that introduce youth to STEM, develop emerging leaders with our membership, and increase the number of veterans transitioning into the engineering and construction workforce. The Foundation also provides a secure and beneficial repository for charitable and other bequeaths from members of the Society and the public at large. 

We are so fortunate to have an extraordinary group of individuals who have stepped up to lead the SAME Foundation. The Foundation is chaired by Mr. Harold Rosen, D.FSAME.

Founding Donor Campaign

Contribute to the SAME Foundation as part of the Founding Donor Campaign that ends December 31st.

Click here to learn more about the campaign. 
Of if you are ready to donate, click below.

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Additional Ways to Give

Planned Giving

Planned Giving allows philanthropic individuals to make larger gifts to charitable organizations than they could make for ordinary income.  Planned Giving is any major gift made in a lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial strategy, like gifts of equity, life insurance, real estate, and personal property.

For more information on planned giving option, please contact Suzanne DiGeronimo, Chair of Planned Giving, SAME Foundation.

Giving Levels

All donors are recognized at the following giving levels throughout their giving history. 

DIAMOND $10,000 & above
EMERALD $5,000 to $9,999
PLATINUM $2,500 to $4,999
GOLD $1,000 to $2,499
SILVER $500 to $999
BRONZE $100 to $499

All donors through December 31, 2020 will also be recognized as "Founding Donors" in The Military Engineer.

All donors in the Gold Level and above will receive an SAME Foundation Founding Donor gold pin.

Investing in SAME


The Foundation engages the philanthropic community by identifying areas of the Society worthy of donor investment.

Leader Development Program

Through support from the Foundation, SAME launched the Leader Development Program (LDP) to identify and cultivate talent from within SAME’s membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. The program supports the development of the next generation of world-class military, government, and industry leaders for the Society and our nation through a curriculum of hands-on training, study, and active engagement in new opportunities. The year-long program begins at JETC and concludes at the following JETC. Learn more about LDP.

Read about the program in the SAME Bricks and Clicks blog.


Working with the network of SAME Posts, volunteers, and sponsors, and support from the SAME Foundation, the Society of American Military Engineers develops, maintains, and grows a variety of camps to provide in-person experiences to students interested in exploring STEM-related skills and careers. The net outcome is more STEM professionals available to meet needs of our nation. To learn more, visit our camps page.

Camp Alumni Scholarships

The Foundation supports a scholarship program for Engineering & Construction camp alumni. Qualified applicants must have attended a SAME Engineering & Construction Camp, are currently high-school seniors preparing to enter college, and will major in engineering, architecture, or an engineering-related field. Learn more about these scholarships.

Camp Mentoring

The Foundation supports the participation of SAME members to serve as mentors at the Engineering and Construction camps. Mentors play a vital role in providing a rigorous and supportive camp experience. By interacting with the campers, their guidance and advice, based on their own experience and education, creates strong bonds that last beyond our camps. Participants are no longer alone in their pursuit of a STEM degree. They know they have someone they can contact to get answers or support. This relationship is extremely valuable to their academic and professional trajectory. Click here for more details.


SAME Foundation Board

Harold Rosen, F.SAME (Dist.)
Foundation President and Board Chair 
Anthony Leketa, P.E., F.SAME (Dist.), SES (Ret.)
Foundation Vice-president and Board Vice-chair
Maj. Gen. Timothy Byers, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) Suzanne DiGeronimo, RA, F.SAME
Rear Adm. Gary Engle, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.) RADM Randall J.F. Gardner, P.E., F.SAME, USPHS (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Eugene Lupia, P.E., F.SAME (Dist.), USAF (Ret.) Angie Martinez, P.E., F.SAME
Linda McKnight, F.SAME (Dist.) RADM Dave Nash, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN (Ret.)
Col Sal Nodjomian, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) Maj. Gen. John Peabody, P.E., USA (Ret.)
Jane Penny, P.E., F.SAME (Dist.) CAPT Bob Schlesinger, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN (Ret.)
Susan Thames, F.SAME  

Supporting Documentation

Nominating Procedures 12 Aug 19 Post Funds Policy
SAME Foundation Brief (as of April 2020) SAME Foundation FAQs (as of April 2020)
Investment Policy Guidance SAME Foundation Business Plan (as of 30 Oct 16)
NFP Guide_2012 Non-profit Board Fiduciary Responsibilities

Historical Documentation

SAME Foundation Bylaws (approved May 26, 2020)  
08-13-20 Foundation Board Minutes  
06-24-20 Foundation Board Minutes 05-26-20 Foundation Board Minutes
03-16-20 Foundation Board Minutes 01-30-20 Foundation Board Minutes
11-20-19 Foundation Board Minutes 5-7-2019 Foundation Board Minutes
3-11-19 Foundation Board Minutes 11-1-18 Foundation Board Minutes
8-31-18 Foundation Board Minutes 5-23-18_Foundation_Board_Minutes
4-9-18 Foundation Board Minutes 3-5-18 Foundation Board Minutes
11-15-17_Foundation_Board_Minutes 8-11-17 Foundation Board Minutes
5-23-17 Foundation Board Minutes 3-8-17 Foundation Board Minutes
1-26-17 Foundation Board Minutes 3-10-16 Foundation Board Minutes
4-28-16 Foundation Board Minutes 8-30-16 Foundation Board Update
9-29-16 Foundation Board Minutes Foundation Advertisement-v1-GeneralTME
Foundation Advertisement-v2-Vietnam Foundation Roll-out Concept
Foundation Board Nominating Procedures Certificate of Incorporation
Articles of Incorporation SAME National Foundation 21 Mar 16 IRS Determination Letter
IRS Final 2023 May 2016 IRS Form 1023 Supplemental Information


SAME Foundation Board of Directors Nomination Form

The nomination form to serve on the SAME Foundation Board of Directors is currently closed.

To be notified when the nominations process opens up again in 2021, please contact Eddie Gonzalez, Foundation Program Manager, at

The SAME Foundation is registered as a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Contributions to the SAME Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. EIN: 81-1960637