A campaign to endow programs that strengthen scholarly communications.
October 20, 2020 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is excited to announce the kick-off of the Generations Fund, an endowment fund to provide sustainable funding for SSP’s Fellowship, Mentoring, and Diversity & Inclusion programs far into the future. The purpose is to create a strong and diverse next generation of scholarly communication professionals.
Researchers make knowledge. Scholarly communications professionals make knowledge powerful.
Publishing professionals help disseminate new knowledge that forever changes our world. The result is modern marvels that would astound our forebearers; the payoff is continually renewed hope for a better future.
“The events of 2020 underscore the need to invest in the future of scholarly communications,” shares SSP President Lauren Kane. “Now is the time to invest in programs that elevate underrepresented voices, foster the next generation of leaders, and create a strong, vibrant, and inclusive scholarly communications community.”
The launch of the Generations Fund, while timely, is the result of more than a year’s worth of thoughtful planning. Work began with an exploratory task force conducting a feasibility study and ended with the SSP Board of Directors deciding to cement a long-term commitment to the next generation of scholarly communications professionals.
The Generations Fund was created as an endowment, and a $500,000 campaign goal was set. Choosing an endowment structure allows SSP to fundraise once for these worthy programs. The programs will then be funded annually through investment earnings from the endowment.
SSP is so committed to this vision that it has seeded the fund with $100,000 in support. The remaining $400,000 will be donated by generous individuals and organizations over the next few years. The SSP Board has led the way with each and every member making a personal donation or commitment to the fund already. Charitable gifts to the Generations Fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and will be recognized by SSP in-perpetuity.
To learn more about the Generations Fund, save the date for Wednesday, November 18th at 11am ET. SSP will host a virtual celebration of the Generations Fund launch with a networking opportunity for members.
You can join the generous organizations and individuals who have already pledged their support for the future of scholarly communications.
About the Society for Scholarly Publishing The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and regional events to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.
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