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The launch of the Mining in Society Merit Badge!

SME volunteers and staff have worked long and hard with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to develop the requirements, pamphlet, badge design and other collateral materials so that Boy Scouts across the United States will be exposed to the mining industry... read more

SME Annual Meeting looking to break records in Salt Lake City

Read how our upcoming annual meeting will be a record breaking event! read more


SME and the SME Foundation are proud to announce Creating Global Prosperity: The Campaign For Mining. As millions around the world rise to join the growing global middle class, the mining and minerals industry is providing the resources that drive economies and raise standards of living. Read more...

Corporate Donors and Sponsors

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc. Foundation (SMEF), is a non-profit corporation incorporated in February 1991 under the laws of the State of Colorado and Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

The mission of the SME Foundation is “To support scientific, technical, education and other activities that foster interchange and understanding concerning the responsible development of the world’s mineral resources, and further the professional disciplines serving the minerals industry.”

1. Meet the global need for expertise
2. Train the next generation of global leaders
3. Educate the world about mining
4. Sustain excellent mining education programs

Creating Global Prosperity campaign video

Support your Society by supporting its Foundation

When you make a tax-deductible contribution to the SME Foundation, you join many of your colleagues who want to keep the minerals industry strong so we can continue to improve the standard of living for people the world over.

Foundation Leadership

 Bart J. Hyita  President 2015
 Barbara J. Arnold  SMEF Past President 2015
 Dennis P. Bryan  Vice President 2015
 C. Dale Elifrits  Secretary/Treasurer 2015
 Bill A. Hancock Ad-hoc Member 2015
 John O. Marsden, PE  SME President 2015
 J. Steven Gardner  SME President Elect 2015

SMEF Programs

SME National Events

  1. Current Trends in Mining Finance

    Apr 28 - 29
    New York, NY, United States
  2. 2014 North American Tunneling Conference

    Jun 22 - 25
    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  3. 2015 International Conference on Hoisting and Haulage

    Jun 21 - 25
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden

Foundation Blog

  • Heather A. Gravning

    Congratulations to SME's latest ROCK STAR!

    SME Foundation

    Lorie from the SME Foundation was announced today as the latest SME ROCK STAR!! The SME Rock Star is awarded in appreciation...

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Join an SME Foundation Donor Club

Membership has its benefits: All annual contributions will be recognized.
At certain levels, donors will receive additional recognition. We love our donors!

  • 1K Club - Donors who contribute $1000 per year
  • John T. Boyd Challenge - Donors who reach $10,000 of lifetime giving
  • John T. Boyd Corporate Challenge - Corporate donors who reach a $50,000 cummulative giving
  • 25K Club - Donors who reach $25,000 of lifetime giving
  • Ruby Circle - Donors who reach $50,000 of lifetime giving
  • Emerald Circle - Donors who reach $100,000 of lifetime giving
Learn more...

SMEF Past Event Photos