EIN 88-0391959

Lemelson Foundation

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We support projects in the U.S. and developing countries that nurture innovators and unleash invention to advance economic, social and environmentally sustainable development.
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Program areas at Lemelson Foundation

Invention education community of practice - The Foundation established an invention education convening focused on building an invention community, developed new partnerships between programs and built consensus among relevant stakeholders about frameworks, definitions and thematic priorities in invention education. The Foundation broadened The original community to include grantees and partners from higher education. The program covered convening costs (food, planning consultants, av, attendee travel support, etc. ), as well as supported attendees to continue working on key topic areas gleaned (ex: researching invention education, communications) from The convening.
Engineering for one planet ("eop") grants community of practice management and engagement - mobilized by The Foundation with The assistance of a consultant, The eop initiative is developing and sharing teaching resources, directly funding catalytic curricular changes. Eop stakeholders co-developed The eop framework to facilitate curricular changes. The framework provides faculty with a helpful menu of core and advanced sustainability learning outcomes and aligns to requirements in The abet accreditation standards.
Engineering for one planet ("eop") network launch, communications and convenings - The Foundation launched an active network of engaged stakeholders to advance The vision of eop; developed shared buy-in among stakeholders to advance eop and identify priority ideas, concerns, and opportunities among interested stakeholders; developed collaborative projects among eop stakeholders; identified additional opportunities or resources for advancing eop; and inspired awareness about The importance of equipping engineers with eop skills among key audiences such as engineering deans. The network was able to share lessons learned and inspiring stories of curricular change using eop framework.
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Tax exempt interest
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Grants made by Lemelson Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
VentureWellTo Support Promising, Early-Stage Student Inventors in the Venture Development Process, and To Support Faculty To Cultivate the Conditions That Nurture Student Inventors.$3,080,447
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)To Continue Support for the Lemelson-Mit Program Including the Lemelson-Mit Prize, Student Prize Program, Inventeam Program, and JV Inventeam Initiative.$1,500,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)To Seek To Develop the Next Generation of Inventors, With A Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Specifically To Expand Inclusive Opportunities for All People To Learn To Invent, Protect Their Intellectual Property, and Bring Creations To Intended Beneficiaries; Advance Invention Education As A Field of Study Through Scholarly Research That Informs Policies and Practices; and Expand Support for Inventors and Invention Education Educators Within Local Communities Through New Policies, Programs, Collaborative Efforts, and Celebratory Events.$1,150,000
...and 57 more grants made totalling $10,540,616

Personnel at Lemelson Foundation

Brian DoranChief Financial and Administrative Officer$253,274
Robert M H SchneiderExecutive Director$241,884
Jennifer BurranDirector of Grants Management / Director of Grants MGMNT / Grants , Contracts and It Manager / Grants , It and Contrac / Grants Manager Tat$151,752
Jea SeconiExecutive Assistant and Office Manager
Carol DahlSee Statement / See Statement / See Statement / See Statement / Executive Director$422,641
...and 2 more key personnel

Financials for Lemelson Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$0
Investment income and dividends$3,730,292
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$25,562,861
Gross sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$4,432,861
Total revenues$33,726,014

Form 990s for Lemelson Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-11-11990PFView PDF
2019-122021-06-15990PFView PDF
2018-122020-02-03990PFView PDF
2017-122019-02-02990PFView PDF
2016-122017-11-16990PFView PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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Data update history
June 21, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990PF for fiscal year 2020
June 13, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
June 3, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
May 21, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
September 29, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
1455 NW Overton St 500
Portland, OR 97209
Metro area
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
Website URL
(503) 827-8910
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IRS details
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Form 990-PF
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T20: Private Foundations
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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