Over the past year, the National Schools Foundation Association, Inc. [NSFA] has taken the time to reflect on its past success and its vision for the future. The NSFA Board of Directors with guidance from legal, finance, and management advisors, has acted on a bold new initiative to strengthen the education foundation industry. Our very first step in this process, was the creation of a nationally focused professional association for education foundation leaders. On April 13, 2021, we incorporated the National Association of Education Foundations, Inc. in the State of Virginia as a 501(c)(6) organization. Now, the National Association of Education Foundations, Inc. will be the organization to lead the charge to support foundation leaders and provide resources to strengthen the industry. This new membership organization will provide webinars, forums, conferences, newsletters, resources, surveys, training, and consulting programs, along with the national standard for certification of education foundation leaders. NSFA will remain as the charitable organization and will focus on grants, donations, scholarships, and charitable endeavors of our industry.
In 2005, the state organization for the Iowa Public Schools Foundation became the National Schools Foundation Association, Inc. [NSFA], a 501(C)3 charitable organization. This group of concerned Iowa education foundation leaders had the vision to expand their work in supporting educations foundations across the nation. Over the 16-year existence of NSFA, we tried to be “all things to all people”, without the solid infrastructure or the full resources of time, talent, and funds. Through the collaborative effort of these two organizations, the National Schools Foundation Association, Inc. and National Association of Education Foundations, Inc. we will properly elevate and promote the industry, as well as provide support to you, your organization, and the countless number of professionals who work tirelessly on behalf of education systems across the United States of America and Canada.
This, however, is not like a vehicle which goes from “0 to 60” in under a few seconds. As members of the transitional Board of Directors, we will continue to work with legal, finance, and management advisors to complete the formation of the new organization on or before October 1, 2021. During this time, we will continue operations as NSFA with the knowledge that components will move from NSFA to the National Association of Education Foundations, Inc. We will communicate with you as the formation and transition continues.
Traci Skalberg, CEFL
Mary Mélon, CEFL
Brent Severe, CEFL
Mike Taylor, CFRE, CEFL
Toba Cohen-Dunning, CEFL, MS