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.

NASW Foundation Planned Giving


A bequest, or gift by will, is the method most frequently used to make a future gift to the NASW Foundation. Numerous members and friends have already informed the Foundation of plans for gifts of this kind. Undoubtedly, many others have also made provision for the Foundation through a thoughtfully drawn will.  You can leave your legacy as well.  Learn More >>


Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund


NASW established the Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund to provide assistance to those affected by disasters such as Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 2017. Donations are awarded to social workers and/or social welfare organizations that can provide help to those who have suffered loss and in need of assistance.  Learn More >>


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Memorials and Tributes . . .

To honor living individuals, deceased colleagues, mentors, friends, or loved ones, by making a tax-deductible contribution please visit our Memorials and Tributes section. All gifts will be acknowledged on the NASW Foundation website and gifts of $100, or more, will be acknowledged in NASW's new magazine Social Work Advocates, which is published six times each year. You can also leave tributes to NASW friends who have passed away on the NASW Foundation Blog.