Community activity awards
On an annual basis, Mensa's Local Groups reach out to make their communities better. They sponsor elementary-school science fairs, raise scholarship money, donate school supplies, and stock local libraries with new books. They lend their support to PBS pledge drives and bike rides for kidney research. These community service efforts are recognized at the national level by the Community Activities Program.
Begun in 2000 as an innovation of then-Chairman Bob Beatty, the Community Activities Program identifies those activities that local members and groups have undertaken to improve their community. Groups enter their projects and their results and are recognized during American Mensa's Annual Gathering.
As of 2008, the Community Activities Program is no longer a contest recognizing "winners." Certificates of recognition are presented to all Local Groups who submit a community service project for consideration.