The Federal Judicial Center Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that Congress established to receive gifts to support the work of the Center. The Foundation has sole authority to decide whether to accept gifts and thereby to determine the suitability of would-be donors. The Foundation may not accept gifts earmarked for projects that have not previously been approved by the Center’s Board, and the Center has sole control over the design and conduct of activities supported by donations. The Foundation is governed by a seven-person board appointed by the Chief Justice, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. No Foundation board member may be an active judge. Foundation Board members at the close of 2019 were as follows:
James M. Wagstaffe, San Francisco, Cal., Chair
Hon. Rebecca L. Kourlis (Ret.), Denver, Colo.
Peter A. Kraus, Dallas, Tex.
Laurie L. Michel, Washington, D.C.
Blake D. Morant, Winston-Salem, N.C.
John B. White, Jr., Spartanburg, S.C.
Benjamin L. Zelenko, Washington, D.C.
In creating the Foundation, Congress directed that in its annual report, the Center describe the purposes for which Foundation gifts were used in the reporting year. The Center used the following Foundation gifts in 2019:
- Funds from the American Association for the Advancement of Science paid the travel expenses for federal judges to attend two programs on emerging issues in neuroscience.
- Funds from the Electronic Discovery Institute paid the travel expenses for judges to attend a program on discovery.
- Funds from the Environmental Law Institute paid the travel expenses for judges to attend four programs on climate science.