What is the NASPA Foundation?

Mary Alice Serafini & Jerrid P. Freeman: Region IV-W Foundation Ambassadors

May 28, 2019

What is the NASPA Foundation? Founded in 1973, the mission of the NASPA Foundation is to raise funds to advance NASPA’s mission and legacy. Your NASPA Foundation advances NASPA and the student affairs profession by raising funds that are used to celebrate achievement, as well as support scholarships, meaningful research and emergent practices.

How are the NASPA Regions involved? Each NASPA Region has Foundation Ambassadors, who will help promote #NASPAgives within the Region and at Regional events. Additionally, each Region has two goals for the fiscal year campaign – a dollar goal and a donor goal. Each Region that reaches its dollar goal and donor goal by June 30, will receive a $1000 award from the NASPA Foundation to be used for Regional conference registration and Jim Rhatigan Fellowships. Our goal is to raise $18,000 each year and have over 100 donors. Your Foundation Ambassadors are Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman, Northeastern State University and Dr. Mary Alice Serafini, University of Arkansas.

What counts toward the #NASPAgives Regional goals? ALL gifts made by individual NASPA members to the NASPA Foundation between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 will count toward the Regional goals. This includes existing pledge payments and Pillars of the Profession donations. Each donor will count once, even if he/she makes multiple gifts. Silent auction, Penny Wars, raffle and golf/event purchases will NOT count towards DONOR goals. 

How will the Regional goals be tracked? Each donation received by the NASPA Foundation will be tied to the donor’s Region (as assigned in the NASPA member database, typically based on the location of the organization/school to which your record is linked.) How can I give to #NASPAgives? Every gift during the fiscal year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) will count for the 18-19 #NASPAgives campaign. You’ll have the opportunity to give at various NASPA programs as well as the annual conference. You can also make a gift or pledge at naspa.org/foundation. Use either our on-line form or downloadable form. 

How will I be recognized for my gift to #NASPAgives? Your contribution exemplifies your commitment to the future of our profession. Your name will be listed on the NASPA Foundation website. What if I can only make a small gift? That’s OK! #NASPAgives is all about participation – from the undergrad student to the most senior professional – everyone can get involved with #NASPAgives. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference! 

What is the relationship between NASPA and the NASPA Foundation? The NASPA Foundation is NASPA. The NASPA Foundation provides funding and support for the programs and initiatives that NASPA promotes. The relationship is comparable to that of the university and its development office. The development office raises the money, while the university sets the agenda and provides the services and programs. NASPA and the NASPA Foundation are governed by two separate boards of directors. They also have separate budgets. 

Are my contributions tax deductible? The NASPA Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and all or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Donors will receive a charitable receipt and should consult with his/her tax advisor regarding deductibility. 

May I designate a specific fund/conference/workshop for my donation? We prefer undesignated gifts, as you do on your campus, as they give the NASPA Foundation the maximum flexibility to utilize the funds in ways that will best suit the initiatives of NASPA. However, you  are welcome to designate your contribution to any of the Foundation’s restricted funds. All gifts ultimately support future student affairs leaders and/or build our knowledge through research. 

Which fund(s) should I choose if I’m really interested in supporting: NASPA’s highest priorities:

  • Undergraduates: NASPA Excellence Fund, NASPA Research Fund, NUFP Scholarship Fund, BACCHUS Fund 
  • Graduate students: NASPA Excellence Fund, Research Fund, Rhatigan Fellows Fund, Hardee Fund 
  • Young professionals: NASPA Excellence Fund, Research Fund, Hardee Fund, New Professionals Scholarships 
  • Mid-career professionals: NASPA Excellence Fund, Research Fund, Hikes Scholarship, Strang Award, Kuh Award 
  • Research: NASPA Excellence Fund, Research Fund, Strang Award, Kuh Award 
  • Faculty: NASPA Excellence Fund, Research Fund, Shaffer Award, Strang Award, Kuh Award 

I’m already a member of the Diamond Club (President’s Circle, Foundation Circle, Heritage Society) – how does that tie in with #NASPAgives? Once your Diamond Club (or higher) pledge is paid, you will always maintain your status as a Diamond Club (or higher) member. #NASPAgives counts gifts and donors in each fiscal year. If you make a new pledge or are still paying on a pledge, those pledge payments count toward your Regional goal, and you count as a donor – in the fiscal year(s) that you give. We encourage you to continue giving beyond the fulfillment of your Diamond Club pledge. 

Can I make a multi-year pledge? Absolutely! You can make a multi-year pledge and, in each year that you pay towards your pledge, that pledge payment will count toward your Regional dollar goal and you will count towards your Regional donor goal. 

I already give NASPA lots of money via my membership dues. Where do those funds go? Funds accrued through membership dues are used to cover NASPA’s operational expenses (i.e. printing publications, professional development support, office supplies, salaries, etc). Gifts to the Foundation come back to the student affairs profession as scholarships, awards and research grants. 

What does NASPA do with conference/workshop registration fees? Conference/workshop fees are used to cover the expenses of the particular program/event and to cover other initiatives sponsored by NASPA. For example, registration fees cover facility costs, honorariums, and printed materials. 

Thank you to all those who have donated to the NASPA Foundation and ultimately supporting the region. NASPA and Region IV-West are its members and serves its members! It is because of you...

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