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Recognizing and fostering excellence in the next generation of optics and photonics.

Established in 2002, the Optica Foundation carries out charitable activities in support of the society’s student and early career communities. We cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators as they navigate advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering and business worldwide. The foundation also works to secure the endowments for Optica’s awards and honors programs. The foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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US Tax Information

Optica Foundation
Global Headquarters
2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: +1.202.416.1416
Fax: +1.202.416.1450

Tax ID: (EIN) 71-0913500

Contributions to the Optica Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible as provided by law.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES (800-435-7352). REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION.

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