The WSC Foundation

Purpose and History

The purpose of the WSC Foundation (WSCF) is to develop and manage a Fund to help ensure the continuance and high quality of the Winter Simulation Conferences. Management of the Fund consists of (a) providing loans or grants from the Fund to the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) Board of Directors when the WSC Board makes such requests and the WSCF deems it prudent and wise to do so, (b) allocating the assets of the Fund to balance return, risk, and liquidity, and (c) accepting donations to the Fund and raising money for the Fund as and when it is deemed appropriate. The WSCF operates independently of the WSC Board of Directors, and is also independent of the annual WSC Conference Committees.

The Fund was started in 2003 when the WSC Board of Directors undertook a fund-raising effort that was without precedent in the thirty-six-year history of the conference. At the conclusion of this initial fund-raising effort, the WSC Board of Directors appointed an independent group of five Trustees for the Fund, who organized themselves during 2004 into the WSC Foundation, based on the WSC Foundation By-Laws and WSC Foundation Investment Guidelines, and the Fund was transferred to the control of the WSCF in June of 2004.

Current Trustees

Patrons of the WSC

Donors to the Fund are designated "Patrons of the WSC," with provision for both anonymous donations and recognition for the following levels of support as specified by each individual contributor: Patron, any amount; Silver Patron, $125 – $249; Gold Patron, $250 – $499; and Sustaining Patron, $500 or more. In the case of multiple donations from the same individual, corporation, or organization, the amounts of the donations are cumulative in terms of determining the category of donation. Individuals, corporations, or organizations making a large donation will receive special recognition unless they desire not to.

Donations to the WSC Foundation Fund

Individuals, corporations, and organizations are invited to become Patrons of the WSC. Donations are tax-deductible. Please print the form linked below and follow the instructions on it (if you have any problems with the form please contact djm3@psu.edu):

WSC Foundation Documents

Grants and Loans

The WSC Foundation accepts proposals for funding special projects to enhance a WSC or to assure the continuance of WSC. Proposals for grants or loans from the WSC Foundation must be prepared using the template provided, and submitted to the WSCF Trustees via the WSC Board of Directors. A funding decision will be made within 30 days of the receipt of a completed proposal by a vote of the WSCF Trustees.
WSC Foundation Proposal Template

Winter Simulation Conference Website

Past Presidents

Past Trustees

Founding Trustees

Last update January 15, 2011