NASW Social Work Pioneers®


The NASW Social Work Pioneers® program honors members of the social work profession who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession. The Pioneer Program identifies and recognizes individuals whose unique dedication, commitment, and determination have improved social and human conditions. Since its launch in 1994, the Pioneer Program has inducted nearly 800 accomplished individuals to its rolls.  A comprehensive collection of their stories can be found within the Pioneer Biography Index.


25th Anniversary Celebration and 15th Annual Program and Luncheon


The NASW Social Work Pioneers® will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration and 15th Annual Program and Luncheon November 1–2, 2019 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.  The event will kick-off with a reception on Friday evening, where guests can meet the newly-elected Pioneers, network, and reconnect with friends and colleagues.  The annual program and luncheon will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.  

Follow this link to NASW Foundation Upcoming Events for more information about tickets, speakers, and the three event CEs >>

Pioneer Nominations Accepted On A Rolling Basis 


Completed NASW Pioneer nominations can be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed at the June Pioneer Steering Committee Meeting.  To be considered at the June meeting, submit your nomination package by May 1.  Learn More >>


The NASW Legacy Project Preserves History


The NASW Legacy Project was created in 2001 to preserve NASW's historical record. The Project enables NASW to identify and preserve the photographs, books, papers, and other documents that will tell the NASW story for decades to come. Read More >>


Pioneer Event

Pioneer Event

Join the NASW Social Work Pioneers® for the 25th Anniversary Celebration and 15th Annual Program and Luncheon November 1-2, 2019 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. For more information, please follow this link to NASW Foundation Upcoming Events >>


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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.