Enriching our Profession

You’ve dedicated your career to Operations Research and Analytics. To the possibilities that can be achieved for the betterment of society and the world around us. To helping save lives, save money and solve problems. That’s why INFORMS has a dedicated effort to help support and enrich the future of this amazing profession.

Donate Now Planned Giving

Your investment can change the course for the next generation of Operations Researchers and Analytics professionals. It can help with the tuition and living expenses of deserving students. It can honor the legacies of the stalwarts of our profession who came before us. And it can lend a much-needed helping hand for those who are less fortunate. Join us now as we strive together to continue to make a difference.

The Scholarship Endowment was established to provide opportunities that would encourage talented undergraduates to pursue graduate study in operations research, management science, and analytics, and that would support and encourage doctoral students in their scholarly development. Your donation will help foster the growth of young professionals through academic support, research grants, and travel reimbursements. 

INFORMS Student Fund

Donating to the INFORMS Student Fund allows us to fulfill our mission of fostering the professional pipeline and future INFORMS members. The Student Fund was established to provide opportunities to support student needs, such as conference travel grants, student award support, student leadership conference, conference registrations, student memberships, etc.

INFORMS General Development Fund

A donation to the INFORMS General Development Fund allows you the chance to give back to the operations research, management sciences, and analytics field. Through this fund and your support, INFORMS can support a variety of initiatives and programs. All of which are designed to develop the advancement of our industry and facilitate tremendous growth for our members and their efforts.

INFORMS’ pro bono analytics program is designed to connect INFORMS members and other analytics professionals with nonprofit organizations working in underserved and developing communities to help them make better decisions with their data. Your support will emphasize the long-held tradition of using operations research to tackle society’s most difficult problems while providing life-transforming data and analytics to areas that desperately need them. To learn more, visit

ICS Harvey J. Greenberg Research Award

The purpose of the Dr. Harvey Greenberg award is to recognize a researcher for significant contributions to the field of computation and operations research (OR) applications. Dr. Greenberg was known for his contributions and dedication to research excellence in the field of computation and operations research applications, especially those in emerging application fields. Honored research will focus on contributions that exhibit the promise of making a significant impact in the scope of OR/MS/Analytics practice.

Sanjay and Panna Mehrotra Research Excellence Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a mid-career researcher for significant contributions to the practice of health applications through operations research and management science modeling and methodologies. Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra, a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University, has dedicated his career to improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare systems. Honored research will focus on contributions that exhibit the promise of making a noteworthy impact in the scope of OR/MS health applications.

The purpose of the Winter Simulation Conference Foundation (WSCF) is to reduce the financial hardship on students and junior faculty from the USA due to high travel expenses for attending the annual WSC. Donating to the WSCF will allow INFORMS to support under-represented students and young professionals in their pursuits within the operations research, management sciences, and analytics fields.

 Planned Giving

Planned gifts provide a meaningful way of making a significant impact on INFORMS’ future sustainability, while maximizing a benefactor’s philanthropic and financial goals. Planned giving takes many forms, including bequests, gifts of life insurance, and charitable remainder trusts. Legal counsel, or the advice of a financial planning expert, is recommended to assist you in determining the type of gift that is the most advantageous for you and the beneficiaries of your estate.


Bequests are the easiest form of planned gift and can be made by naming INFORMS as a beneficiary in your will. Your bequest can be made as a specific dollar amount or asset, a percentage of your estate, a gift from the residue of your estate, or a beneficiary designation of certain assets. This can be done by including language such as "I give and bequeath to INFORMS, 5521 Research Park Drive, Catonsville, MD 21228 an unrestricted gift of $xx,xxx...," Naming INFORMS as a beneficiary will not disrupt your income and can allow your estate to benefit from a charitable estate tax deduction, all while creating a legacy that will be valued in our field.

Life Insurance

You can name INFORMS the beneficiary of a life insurance policy which is no longer needed for its original purpose. INFORMS can also be made one of the beneficiaries of an active policy. If you have a policy which pays annual dividends, you can assign those dividends as a charitable gift to INFORMS and receive an income tax deduction for the value of the dividends. You may also transfer ownership of a policy to INFORMS and then deduct any premiums which you continue to pay. Insurance policies can also be used for wealth replacement purposes when you make a substantial outright gift or a deferred gift. Check with your legal counsel or financial advisor.

Charitable Remainder Trust

With the assistance of a lawyer, you may wish to establish a Charitable Remainder Trust which can provide you with income for life with a gift to INFORMS upon death or termination of the trust.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Magrogan, Director of Recognition and Development
Phone: 443-757-3530
Address: INFORMS, 5521 Research Park Drive, Catonsville, MD 21228

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.