$4K by 40 Challenge

$4K by 40 Challenge


The Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Foundation in conjunction with the SME Young Leaders Committee is pleased to announce a new 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

Peter and Jenessa Haarala of Herriman, UT, are the 2019 recipients of the $4K by 40 Challenge award. They received this award from SME Foundation President, Mary Korpi, at the SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner on February 23, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ.  Congratulations!

Please contact the SME Foundation at 303-948-4239 if you have any questions.


Peter and Jenessa Haarala

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
  • 2018 - Ryan M. Murray