The logo should incorporate scientific themes that portray the type of philanthropy that our foundation is involved with. Some examples of this could be, DNA, molecules, microscopes, etc.
We are a foundation that supports basic research, which is the fundamental building blocks of life. We are striving to help America's top research institution understand things that which is inherent to our everyday living, but may not be completely understood. Particular favor will be given to logos which show symbolism as to our mission.
I've attached some stock photos (unlicensed) that show some interesting concepts which could be elaborated on. Genetics is only a small portion of the type of research we support, but it is a very commonly recognized image. We are not limiting our logo design suggestions to involve DNA, so we encourage other easily recognizable scientific concepts, and hope that we do not only receive DNA-based logos.
We are starting this contest as logo only, but may expand to other items if we are pleased with the results. Our current website, which is in the process of being revamped (and will include this new logo), is http://www.mathersfoundation.org. This may help with some general information.
The logo should say "Mathers Foundation" in it.