The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was established by The American Ceramic Society in 2014 to attract, inspire, and support the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.  

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation was established as an Ohio Nonprofit Single Member Limited Liability Company and contributions to the CGIF are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  The CGIF is wholly owned by The American Ceramic Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is treated as a disregarded entity for federal tax purposes.

Since its inception, the CGIF has launched programs in student outreach, international student exchanges, travel grants, student leadership development, a university-industry network, and its online Ceramic and Glass Career Center.

CGIF Mission Statement

The CGIF attracts, inspires, and supports the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.


CGIF Vision Statement

The CGIF will be the global leader in igniting student interest in ceramic and glass careers to help solve grand challenges facing humanity.

CGIF Values Statements

  • Accountability – Our volunteer leaders and staff take their roles seriously and operate in ways that are open, responsible, and ethical.
  • Excellence – We value and reward scientific, industrial, artistic, and educational achievement.
  • Inclusion – We commit to the fair and equitable treatment of all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and any other basis.
  • Service – We commit to serve donors, institutions, grant recipients, and program participants with fairness, integrity, and openness in all that we do.
  • Collaboration – We value collaboration with industry partners to help fill the worldwide ceramic and glass talent pipeline.
  • Awareness – We commit to provide crucial resources, programs, and outreach activities that introduce ceramic and glass science to students and educators around the world.