$4K by 40 Challenge

$4K by 40 Flash Match Incentive Challenge

Thank you to Brooks & Nelson, LLC for donating to the 2022 Flash Match Campaign.

25 Young Leaders gave at the Monday Night Social equally $11,025 in donations, which was matched by Brooks & Nelson.

Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients of the $4K by 40 Challenge Award

We proudly recognize Tom Rauch of Reno, NV and Matt Furniss of Fort Worth, TX, for their dedication, leadership and significant contributions to the SME Foundation. They have been instrumental in establishing, developing and promoting the $4K by 40 Challenge Award. Through their devotion and commitment, the $4K by 40 Award has become a customary tool used to inspire young professionals to contribute to the SMEF program of their choice. Congratulations!

Matt Furniss

Tom Rauch
$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

Please contact the SME Foundation at 303-948-4217 if you have any questions.


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

  • 2021 - Matthew Furniss, PE
  • 2021 - Tom Rauch
  • 2019 - Peter and Jenessa Haarala
  • 2018 - Ryan M. Murray
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 Brooks & Nelson, LLC do not count towards your $4K goal. Only donations from you and a match from your employer count towards your total.