$4K by 40 Challenge

$4k by 40 Flash Match Incentive Challenge

Thank you to Pray & Company and Forte Dynamics for Donating to the December 2020 Flash Match Campaign.

Results to be announced soon!

We specialize in the following services within mining and other industrial sectors: Human Resources (HR), Staffing (executive-level to skilled trades, permanent or temporary/contract placement), Communications support and Project Feasibility. We can step in so that you can focus on the day-to-day and strategic needs of your operation – all of which are underpinned with effective people strategy!
We built Pray & Company with the principles of flexibility and relationship building which drive our team culture, decision-making and approach to serving our clients.  And, we are in an exciting growth phase and eager to customize our efforts to meet your needs!

Forte Dynamics is a mining consulting firm that brings diverse expertise and decades of experience to your project. We are professional engineers – with special expertise in mining, processing, metallurgy, and hydrodynamics – who bring appropriate levels of analysis and pragmatism to every problem. Working as part of your team, we help you analyze the crucial trade-offs – technical, financial, regulatory, and environmental – that lead to innovative solutions, optimal decisions, and improved project performance.
Reach your $4K by 40 goal without even thinking about it!
Set-up a monthly gift based on how many months you have left before you turn 40 and
voilà, you will reach your goal without having to remember!
The earlier you start, the smaller your monthly donation!

Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program and reach your goal in half the time!!

Disclaimer: the flash match funds from Pray & Company/Forte Dynamics do not count towards your $4K goal. Only donations from you and a match from your employer count towards your total.
$4K by 40 Challenge


What is the $4K by 40 Challenge?

The Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Foundation in conjunction with the SME Young Leaders Committee created a challenge for SME members under the age of 40. The $4K by 40 Challenge was designed to encourage philanthropic giving by young professionals to promote our industry and the outreach goals of the SME Foundation. Member contributions will be tracked and those donating $4,000 or more cumulatively to the Foundation’s programs by their 40th birthday will be honored for their contributions and commitment to our industry.* Donors have the flexibility to choose the SME Foundation program to which their donations will be allocated. Qualified Employer Matching Donations will be considered as part of the member’s donations. Donations made will be jointly eligible to this challenge, the $1K Club**, and the John T. Boyd Challenge.

As of October 1, 2018, individual donors who have given $4,000 by their 40th birthday will be recognized as $4K by 40 Challenge Members. In the year of their induction, $4K by 40 Challenge members will receive:

  • Special recognition at the SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner
  • Special recognition in the Mining Engineering magazine (March issue)
  • Special donor recognition on the $4K by 40 SME Foundation website - www.smefoundation.org/4Kby40 
  • A unique mineral sample keepsake with a personalized engraved nameplate

A Philanthropic Challenge
for Rising Professionals

Peter and Jenessa Haarala of Herriman, UT, are the 2019 recipients of the $4K by 40 Challenge award. They received this award from SME Foundation President, Mary Korpi, at the SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner on February 23, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ.  Congratulations!

Please contact the SME Foundation at 303-948-4239 if you have any questions.


Peter and Jenessa Haarala

This challenge is currently seeking a nameplate or matching sponsor. Interested parties should contact the SME Foundation for details regarding this exciting opportunity.

 *Donors must self-identify as participants in this challenge for specific $4K by 40 tracking purposes.

**Subject to the terms of the $1k Club http://community.smenet.org/smefoundation/recognition/1k-club

Award Recipients
  • 2018 - Ryan M. Murray