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Make a Secure Contribution Today

Financial support is essential to the efforts and activities of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE).  Contributions are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the United States of America Internal Revenue Code.

You and your company are encouraged to sponsor FPE projects. These include:

  • Ergonomics/human factors (E/HF) student scholarships
  • Impact grants that support small (pilot) projects in professional ergonomics around the world and demonstrate the impact that ergonomics
  • Supporting E/HF students in need of financial support
  • Supporting practicing ergonomists in developing countries
  • General contributions to support other vital FPE initiatives 

ALL donations are welcomed!

ALL donors/sponsors are acknowledged on the FPE website!

Contribute at the Platinum Level – $2,000 or greater
Contribute at the Gold Level – $1,000 
Contribute at the Silver Level – $500

Sponsor at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels and receive a custom-made acrylic cutout of your choosing. See the examples.

Each acrylic can vary in size from 1’ x 1’ to 2’ x 2’. These are examples. You can send us the picture you want to be made into an acrylic cutout.

Acrylic Cutout Samples

Make your donations:

  • By check
  • Via PayPal
  • Through donations of securities in the Foundation’s Endowment Account.
  • By designating the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust or other instrument.

Note:  If you are receiving Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA, you can designate FPE as a recipient of part of the RMD as part of your tax planning.  If you make a direct transfer from your IRA to FPE, you get to count that money toward your RMD — but because it’s not actually distributed to you, it won’t increase your adjusted gross income, i.e., you will not have to pay tax on that amount.

Mail check donations to:

Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

P.O. Box 453
Poway, CA 92074

Click on the button below to make your contribution by credit card through PayPal's secure server.

Please indicate how you want your donation used.  In general, your donation will be used to:

  • Establish scholarships
  • Support the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award for graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Ergonomics and Ergonomics-related programs.
  • Support the Ergonomists Without Borders and Impact Grants program - to impart ergonomics expertise and resources to agriculturally and industrially developing communities, globally.

We are very interested in serving you and your interests in Ergonomics professionalism. Please send us your suggestions for programs that you'd like to see developed or activities that you'd like us to consider sponsoring.

Endowment Account

An endowment account at Merrill Lynch has been established for the purpose of accepting donations of stock, bonds, or other mutual fund holdings from individuals who would like to use this method to support the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics.   

  • This type of donation allows tax deductibility of the funds with the advantage of a direct transfer from the individual’s account/brokerage firm without having to sell the funds (thus eliminating any taxable event for those donating).  

  • If you make a donation of stock, you do not pay any tax on the increase of the value of the stock from the time you acquired it (capital gains) and the entire current value of the stock is tax deductible.  

  • As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation can sell stock without paying any capital gains.   See example below.

Dr E has $10,000 in stocks she wants to donate to FPE.


If she sells the stock and then donates it FPE

If she donates the entire $10,000 in stock to FPE

Sales price of stock



Original price of stock


N/A [501(c)(3)]

Price basis


N/A [501(c)(3)]

Capital gains


N/A [501(c)(3)]

Capital gains tax (23.8%)


N/A [501(c)(3)]

Amount available to donate to FPE

$8, 096


Charitable contribution amount for federal income tax form

$8, 096


If you are interested in this tax deductible donation option to FPE, you may initiate this process with your broker or please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. We would be glad to help you initiate this process.

Please consider:

  • Making a donation.
  • Becoming a sponsor.
  • Getting your company to establish an annual, sustaining contribution to FPE.
  • Donating stocks to FPE’s Merrill Lynch Endowment Management Account (and avoid capital gains).
  • Including FPE in your will.
  • Donating Delta air miles to support student travel.

We welcome your support of FPE .

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Contact Us

Foundation for Professional Ergonomics
P.O. Box 453
Poway, CA 92074

Who We Are

The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics was established in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professionalism in ergonomics through educational activities and awards.  Our goals support the goals of BCPE, and we work closely with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) on various ergonomics practitioner initiatives.  FPE attained an IRS 501(c)(3) status enabling tax-deductible donations from those sharing this dedication to professionalism in ergonomics.