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Miner's Give Back Grants Available

The SME Foundation (SMEF) is committed to supporting world-wide initiatives focused on humanitarian efforts through our Miner’s Give Back Program. read more

Minerals Education Coalition releases Iron in Our Electrical World video

Iron in our Electrical World can be viewed at www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org/videos. MEC is the SME Foundation’s program designated to generate an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals in their... read more

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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...

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

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

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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.

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    SME Foundation

    In honor of Dad, shop at AmazonSmile through 6/15/14 and Amazon will donate an extra $5 per customer to the SME Foundation....

SMEF Programs

SME National Events

  1. Critical Minerals Conference

    Aug 3 - 5
    Denver, CO, United States
  2. Cutting Edge 2014

    Nov 2 - 4
    New York, NY, United States
  3. 2014 Arizona Conference

    Dec 7 - 9
    Tucson, AZ, United States


Corporate Donors and Sponsors

Many thanks to our generous Corporate Roundtable Sponsors!
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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
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SMEF 2014 WinterFest Gala Dinner Photos