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Frequently Asked Questions


Who can join?

Any individual can become a SIOP Visionary Circle donor. Operated in collaboration with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. (SIOP), the SIOP Visionary Circle is a charitable program of the SIOP Foundation. SIOP Visionary Circle donors need not be members of the Society.

When can I join the SIOP Visionary Circle?

You can become a visionary at any time. If you wish to vote in a particular program year, we must receive your pledge or donation by June 30 of the prior year.

What are some of the ways I can make my donation?

Donations can be made several ways, including by credit card or by check. For credit card processing, submit your gift through our online donation platform which opens soon.

To submit via mail, please print and complete the donation form. Please follow instructions and mail check as directed.

Is my donation 100% tax deductible?

Yes, 100% of contributions are tax deductible. SIOP Foundation is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxes under the Internal Revenue Code Section (501)(c)(3). EIN 34-1875995

What are my obligations if I join?

Our only requirement is a minimum donation of $1,000. The purpose of the SIOP Visionary Circle is to award innovative research grants. As a Visionary, you will be invited to review the finalists’ proposals, listen to their presentation (either in person or online), and submit your online vote for the winning research proposal. You also have the option to serve various volunteer roles, but it is not a requirement. To find out ways to get involved, click here.

What is the process for the annual Visionary Circle?

Each SIOP Visionary Circle cohort runs from July 1 through June 30. Donors who make their pledge or gift by June 30 will be recognized as a Visionary at the following year’s annual conference. For example, those Visionaries who make or pledge their gift by June 30, 2019 are part of the inaugural Visionary Circle and will be voting on the winning proposal during the 2020 SIOP Conference in Austin, TX. For the second year, those Visionaries who make or pledge their gift after June 30, 2019 but before July 1, 2020 will be part of the 2nd Visionary Circle which will award the research grant at the 2021 annual SIOP Conference.

Can I complete my donation over time?

Yes, you can make a pledge to be paid over a 12-month period. As long as your gift is paid in full by March 31 you will be eligible to vote for that year’s Visionary Circle. In the unlikely event that a pledge is not fulfilled, the donor’s gift to date will be awarded, as intended, to the grant recipient but the donor will not be able to vote for the grant proposal.

Can I contribute publicly traded stock?

Unfortunately no.

I want to give more than $1,000. Do I get more than one vote?

Donors of any amount above $1,000 receive one vote in that grant cycle. Any amount given over $1,000 provides additional funding for the winning research grant proposals.

If I am unable to attend the annual conference, can I still cast my vote?

Yes, although we strongly encourage attendance at the annual conference, you may vote online. At least 2 weeks prior to the annual conference, the Visionaries for the cohort will receive information on the finalists that have been selected by the awards subcommittee. The presentations will be presented live via the internet. Voting will open immediately after the presentations on Thursday morning and will close at midnight on Friday. The winning grant proposal will be awarded at the closing plenary.