Spotlight On Chapters


The NASW Foundation is proud to work with its NASW Chapter partners on a wide variety of projects and programs.  We provide a snapshot here of the scholarship, fellowship, educational, training, and charitable initiatives that are made possible through this collaboration.

NASW Chapter Charitable Programs

NASW Chapters provide an array of scholarship and fellowship opportunities to members - below are examples of their initiatives:

NASW Chapter Executive Director Profile 

Former North Carolina Chapter, Executive Director, Kathy Boyd, MSW ACSW, CMSW, celebrated her 30th year as Chapter Executive Director in February of 2016 and retired in March of 2018.  The NASW Foundation applauds Kathy for her stellar record as a Chapter Executive Director and we wish her all the best in her retirement.  We reached out to her before her retirement to take a look back at her tenure with NASW.  According to Kathy: 

Kathy Boyd, MSW ACSW, CMSW, Retired North Carolina Chapter Executive Director

“I love being a social worker and I love advocating for our profession and our clients.  I believe in and am passionate about the NASW mission, so for me, being an NASW Chapter Executive Director has been a perfect job.” 

The North Carolina Chapter had above average membership and program growth during the 30 years that Kathy was Executive Director.  When Kathy started, the Chapter had one staff member and a contract for administrative services, was using rented office space, and was the 24th largest Chapter.  Prior to her retirement, the Chapter had five full-time and two part-time staff members, owned office space in the historic district of downtown Raleigh, and was the 10th largest Chapter.  During Kathy’s tenure the Chapter  worked to gain mandatory licensure for social workers, mandatory insurance reimbursement, passage of multiple confidentiality laws, direct Medicaid reimbursement, and the growth of benefits and programming for members. 

The North Carolina Chapter continues to use the Foundation for four Chapter funds, three of which are related to Chapter-level annual awards.  

“Being able to use the Foundation and thus provide social workers with the opportunity to make tax-deductible donations has been very helpful for our fundraising and allowed us to maintain awards that are significant to our award winners,” she said. 

The Chapter has two annual student awards, one for a BSW student and one for an MSW student.  Each award is for $1,000 and the Chapters goal is to grow the reserves for each fund by fundraising to bring in more than the designated $1,000 each year for each fund.  

“Our most recently developed award program has been a Conference Scholarship Award which is designed for newly graduated social workers.  We provide at least two conference scholarships at each of our seven annual conferences.  The scholarship award covers the cost of registration for the conference and providers a small check for travel costs.  Those who donate to the Conference Scholarship Fund know that they are supporting the next generation of social workers by helping to support those social workers in their professional growth and their mandated continuing education needs.”

Kathy has an MSW from West Virginia University and a certificate in Association Management from Duke University.  She was the NASW Chapter Director of the Year in 2000 and has multiple awards form North Carolina organizations.  She retired from her role as Chapter Director in March of 2018, but said she will continue to support the NASW Foundation and its many programs.

A NASW Foundation & Chapter Success Story

The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded the NASW Foundation a $1 million, three-year grant, in 2015, to launch a program through NASW Chapters in New York City, Maryland, Illinois, and Florida that will improve the delivery of health care and social services to older adults. The NASW Supervisory Leaders In Aging (SLA) Program established gerontological social work supervision training programs in these four chapters and an ongoing practice excellence network among its graduates. The program provided a 10-module training, addressing both gerontological social work, and supervisory and leadership skills, to 160 master’s-level social workers (MSWs) who supervise staff serving older adults. NASW is working to expand the program nationally based on the lessons learned with the first four NASW Chapters. NASW projects the 160 supervisors will train approximately 1,280 staff to work with older adults. These staff members, in turn, are expected to serve more than 115,000 clients each year.

Illinois Supervisory Leaders In Aging Receive Graduates Receive Certificates In 2016

Class of Supervisory Leaders In Aging (SLA) graduates receive their certificates at 2016 NASW Illinois Chapter graduation ceremony in Chicago, Illinois.


Illinois Executive Director Joel Rubin Presents SLA Graduate Certificate With NASW Director Bob Arnold

NASW Illinois Chapter Executive Director, Joel Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE, presents Supervisory Leaders In Aging (SLA) graduate her certificate with NASW Foundation Director, Bob Arnold (right).


Sonja-Bigalke-Testimonial

Chapter Partner

"The NASW Foundation enables us to collect funds to offer several annual scholarships to our student members.  We appreciate being able to support the next generation of up and coming social workers in this manner." 

Sonja Bigalke-Bannan, MSW, LSW – NASW Hawai’i Chapter, Executive Director