2021: Your Support of AGU in Action


In spite of the global pandemic, AGU donors and members continued to support the professional development of aspiring Earth and space scientists. Your dedication has made the advancement of programs and projects possible.

Recently, AGU staff were asked to share what they are most proud to have helped AGU and the ESS community achieve in 2021. A portion of their answers are included below:

  • Expanded the Mentoring365 platform by partnering with NASA, American Astronomical Society, and the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research to address the lack of mentoring and professional development opportunities for early career scientists that’s been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Eos’s readership in Latin America has increased nearly 3x in the last year thanks to the recruitment of writers in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, and the ongoing partnership with Planeteando, which provides Spanish translations of Eos articles.
  • Awarded the first June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women with the financial support of AccuWeather and other donors.
  • The AGU community made over 2,000 separate connections with policymakers in 2021, including over 100 virtual meetings. This work helped secure the passage of five pieces of legislation that support increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.
  • Launched the Thriving Earth Exchange Neighborhood Fund, providing seed money for projects to buy instruments, host community meetings, or otherwise advance their work.
  • Partnered in the new Community Science Exchange, an equitable collaboration of science with communities aimed at outcomes for the benefit of communities. This new platform aims to develop and promote leading practices, resources, and information around community science. The scientific papers will be published in a new transdisciplinary, open-access journal devoted to the practice of community science.
  • The Thriving Earth Exchange launched 52 new projects and increased the number of communities using their projects to create concrete local impacts – from a New Orleans community getting support for removing I-10 with collected data, to a team in Youngstown, OH testing water on a working farm for individuals with disabilities and making sure it was safe from contamination due to fracking.
  • 18 AGU Bridge Fellows joined the program in 2021, a nearly three-fold increase over 2020, helping to grow the number of historically marginalized students enrolling in geoscience graduate education.
  • Awarded 239 in-person and virtual Student Travel Grants to #AGU21 helping offset travel costs and the costs associated with virtual attendance such as child care and internet support.

AGU donors and staff share a commitment to excellence and the advancement of science.

Your philanthropic support makes a difference in AGU’s ability to provide the programs listed above and other opportunities that propel the Earth and space science community forward.


As you finalize your year-end giving, please consider what YOU feel was AGU’s biggest accomplishment in 2021 and how your continued support can help continue this work.


Ways to make your gift before December 31:

  • Give online by visiting org/Give-to-AGU/Giving or use this form to donate by mail.
  • Make it monthly! When you choose to support AGU through a monthly gift, you provide foundational support that AGU can count on which is invested in the ESS community through training, networking and publishing opportunities for people around the world.
  • Join the Legacy Society by including AGU in your will or estate plans. Visit org/Give-to-AGU/Giving/#2for more information.
  • Double Your Gift! Take advantage of your employer’s Matching Gift Program to double or even triple your donation to AGU. Contact your HR Department to see if your employer will match your donation!
  • Donate Securities. Donors who choose to give gifts of stock can receive a charitable tax deduction for their full market value.

Gifts to AGU are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law in the United States. Please consult your tax preparer for more information.

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