Upcoming Events

The NASW Foundation plans, hosts, and implements a wide array of events ranging from galas and anniversary celebrations to the annual NASW Social Work Pioneers® Annual Luncheon and Program and A Night At The Awards - A Night To Remember, the presentation ceremony for NASW and Foundation national awards.

Since its founding in 2001, the Foundation has, and continues to, work with NASW on national conferences every two years and collaborates with NASW and outside partners on policy, training, and educational events, meetings and seminars. All of our efforts are directed at serving the profession, the practitioner, and the public, in an effort to live up to our mission to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work policy and practice.

NASW Social Work Pioneers® 17th Annual Celebration 2023

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Social Work Pioneers Learn about New Challenges and Community Building. Learn more about the Pioneer program and the social workers who transformed our profession.


NASW Social Work Pioneers® 16th Annual Celebration 2022


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NASW Social Work Pioneers® 16th Annual Celebration 2022

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Tickets, $200, must be purchased online. 

NASW Social Work Pioneers® 25th Anniversary Celebration 2019


The NASW Social Work Pioneers® hosted its 25th Anniversary Celebration and 15th Annual Program and Luncheon November 1–2, 2019 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.  The event kick-offed with a reception on Friday evening, where guests met the newly-elected Pioneers, network, and reconnected with friends and colleagues.  The annual program and luncheon was held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 2.  Additional information about tickets, speakers, and the three event CEs can be viewed here.  

A room block was reserved at the Cosmos Club.  For reservations, please call 202-387-7783 or send an email to frontdesk@cosmosclub.org, and mention NASW Social Work Pioneers® Event.


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NASW Social Work Pioneers® 15th Annual Event Save The Date


Hotels near the Cosmos Club (2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)


  • Kimpton Carlyle Hotel 731—New Hampshire Avenue N.W.(202) 234-3200
  • Washington Hilton—1919 Connecticut Avenue N.W.(202) 483-3000
  • Courtyard Washington—1600 Rhode Island Avenue N.W.202-332-9300
  • Embassy Row Hotel—2015 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.(202) 265-1600
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar—2121 P Street N.W.(202) 448-1800
  • Residence Inn Dupont Circle—2120 P Street N.W.(202) 466-6800
  • The Dupont Circle—1500 New Hampshire Avenue N.W.(202) 483-6000


Cosmos Club Dress Code


  • Gentlemen are expected to wear jackets, dress slacks, a collared long-sleeved shirt (tucked-in) or turtleneck at all times. Ties are required only in the Garden Dining Room at Sunday brunch, and at lunch and dinner. Ties are not required anywhere else in the clubhouse.
  • Ladies are expected to dress in an equivalent fashion, which means dresses, suits, skirts or dress slacks with jackets or tops of equivalent formality. Leggings or tights, unless worn with skirts, dresses, or long jackets, are not considered to be of equivalent formality.
  • Military uniforms and national dress of equivalent formality are also acceptable.
Limited parking available at the Cosmos Club. The Cosmos Club does not accept payment directly from guests. A separate bill for $25 will be sent to you by the NASW Foundation following the event. Parking also  is available at the Embassy Row Hotel, next door to Cosmos Club, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.   More information about parking can be found on the Cosmos Club website.
Electronics Policy

Nonintrusive cell phone conversations are permissible in the Business Center, Writer’s Room, and any third-floor meeting room not in use. More information about the use of electronic devices can be found on the Cosmos Club website. 


A Night at the Awards, A Night to Remember 2020

NASW and the NASW Foundation present A Virtual Celebration of Social Work Excellence.  Join us in honoring the recipients of the prestigious NASW and NASW Foundation Awards, recognizing individuals whose work has left an imprint in social work leadership, policy advocacy and social change.

The Time for Social Work Is Now! A Night at the Awards, A Night to Remember will capture inspirational stories of the present and cast a vision for the future.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. There is no charge, but  registration is required.   Follow this link to learn more about the event >>


Be inspired at this historic moment in our nation’s history! Please consider a donation for this event. Your generous tax-deductible gift to the NASW Foundation will support the important work of the social work profession and communities served.   Follow this link to pay tribute to a colleague by donating in their honor >>

Other Upcoming Events To Be Announced

Check back for information about upcoming NASW Foundation events and events hosted in conjunction with NASW and NASW Foundation partners.

2017 NASW Pioneer Event Participants At Luncheon

Participants at the 2017 NASW Social Work Pioneers® Annual Program and Luncheon, October 28 at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

2018 A Night At The Awards - A Night To Remember Event Guests At Tables

The 2018 "A Night At The Awards - A Night To Remember" event at the NASW National Conference in Washington, D.C., June 20-23. Follow this link to a video of the 2018 awards ceremony >>

A virtual night at the awards: A night to remember