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National Association of Social Workers Foundation

Progress is not automatic; the world grows better because people wish that it should, and take the right steps to make it better.

— Jane Addams

2016 NASW A Night At The Awards, A Night To Remember

A Night At The Awards, A Night To remember was held on June 24, 2016 during the 2016 NASW National Conference in Washington, DC. A Night At The Awards celebrates recipients of NASW and NASW Foundation awards. Photography and video production by Kim M. Simpson.


2015 NASW 60th Anniversary Celebration

The National Association of Social Workers celebrated its 60th Anniversary at a special event at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill on October 30, 2015.

In celebration of NASW’s 60th Anniversary, the 60 for 60 Campaign has been launched. This campaign honors NASW’s history of making a difference and ensures that Social Work Paves the Way for Change. Your support does make a difference. Please click here to learn more.


The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to support NASW’s educational and charitable initiatives through a wide range of projects that serve: 


  • The Profession – by honoring and investing in social workers past, current and future
  • The Practitioner – by enhancing social workers’ knowledge and skills, and
  • The Public – by providing information and resources to help individuals, families and communities

Founded in 2001, the Foundation's goals are to:  

  • identify, develop and respond to social work policy and practice issues.
  • assist with rapid response to social crises.
  • support practice-based research, so that practice and research are directly linked.
  • raise the visibility of social work and enhance public esteem for the profession.
  • support the development of cutting edge continuing education that addresses critical issues.
  • promote the appropriate application of new technology to the practice of social work.


Your support for The NASW Foundation helps us to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through programs that strengthen the social work profession. Please click here to make a secure online gift.  Thank you for the difference you make each day, and thank you for your support. 


The NASW Foundation is managed by a nine-member Board of Directors that comprises the current NASW President, three NASW members, and three individuals involved in professions other than social work. Nonvoting members of the board include the NASW Executive Director who serves as President of the Foundation and the NASW President-Elect.

The Foundation administers a wide variety of educational and research programs 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. Foundation assets total more than $3.1 million, including the NASW Foundation Endowment, which is funded by voluntary contributions from NASW members and other supporters.



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