NASW Foundation Annual Fund
The NASW Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created to support NASW’s educational, research, training, and charitable initiatives through a wide range of projects that serve the profession, the practitioner, and the public. The Foundation is significant because it is the charitable arm of the National Association of Social Workers, one of the largest membership organizations of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members.
The Foundation administers a variety of programs including scholarships, fellowships, recognition awards, NASW Chapter research projects, and Chapter charitable initiatives, in an effort to fulfill its core mission of enhancing the well-being of individuals families and communities through the advancement of social work policy and practice.
Fundraising activities for the NASW Foundation Annual Fund are essential to pay for operating expenses including staff salaries, overhead, and programmatic costs. Foundation assets total $4 million, including the NASW Foundation Endowment, which is funded by voluntary contributions from donors, including friends, NASW members, corporations, and others; as well as awards and grants from government agencies, foundations, and other entities interested in our work. The NASW Foundation is not funded through NASW Membership dues.