AFCEA Bethesda has a long history of giving back to our community by providing more than $1M to STEM education and other local organizations.
As a non-profit association, AFCEA Bethesda is dedicated to giving back to the community while building a culture of collaboration. The proceeds of chapter events are used to support a variety of community organizations and institutions, from STEM scholarships and programs at schools in Maryland to organizations providing support to veterans and NIH patients.
Diversity in STEM Education
Since 2008, AFCEA Bethesda has helped create a pathway for local children and young adults interested in pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with an emphasis on increasing diversity in these fields.
Our organization supports local STEM programs and scholarships via the Montgomery College Foundation, the University of Maryland and the Universities at Shady Grove. We work with school administrators to help enhance educational opportunities for students, encourage diversity in STEM and create a comprehensive, structured pathway from primary to higher education and beyond. Students from these programs are invited to attend AFCEA Bethesda events to gain exposure to government and industry leaders in federal IT, and chapter members mentor students as they prepare to enter the workforce.
Additional Charitable Donations
AFCEA Bethesda partners with local organizations that are making a difference in the community.
The chapter’s annual events partner with local charities that are providing much needed support to members of the community. In addition to financial support, AFCEA Bethesda provides a platform for the organizations to reach thousands of attendees and spread the word about their mission. In recent years, the Health IT Summit has supported Women Veterans Interactive and Friends of Patients at the NIH. Our LEAPS Technology Forum has supported the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and the Energy, Infrastructure & Environment Day is providing support to STEM education programs.