Announcing a major new gift

By Bulletin Staff | March 20, 2018

Mary Patricia DoughertyMary Patricia Dougherty

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is delighted to announce a new major gift from Mary Patricia Dougherty, a valued member of our community. This generous contribution of privately held stock will help advance the Bulletin’s strategic goals during a time of unparalleled growth.

“We are enormously grateful for Patricia’s confidence in us,” said Rachel Bronson, President and CEO. “This gift will strengthen the organization’s financial position and allow it to respond in more nimble, agile, and effective ways to the fast-growing demand for our content.”

Board Chair Lee Francis affirmed that “Patricia’s gift cuts to the heart of what the Bulletin is about – protecting and enhancing serious discussion about the planet’s most consequential challenges, whether they are in or out of the spotlight.”

The Dougherty gift will have a profound impact on the Bulletin’s future, and help it advance evidence-based journalism at the cutting-edge of science and technology.  “A free press is fundamental to a democratic society,” said Ms. Dougherty. “I support individual engagement that can inform public policy and inspire change, and I am interested in engaging tomorrow’s leaders in creating a safer and healthier planet—partnering with the Bulletin is the best way I can think of to do just that.”

Ms. Dougherty is the President of the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation; founder of SDR Information Systems, a GPS-based mapping and energy tracking firm; and a director of H&D Operating Company. As a business leader and activist, Dougherty is deeply engaged in shaping the future of Texas’ energy sector. Her many interests include land and water conservation, promoting a green economy, supporting the fledgling algae industry in alternative energy, and women’s leadership.

The Bulletin’s mission is as urgent today as it was at its founding, and this major gift enables the organization to open more channels between scientific and policy leaders. We are thankful to Mary Patricia Dougherty for supporting our mission and growth. 

To explore ways to support the 2018 Annual Fund for the Bulletin and our mission, go to:, or contact Colleen McElligott at [email protected]; 773-834-2308.

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