Ruth Fizdale Program 

The Ruth Fizdale Program underwrites NASW Chapter research projects that link practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. The objective is to facilitate effective service delivery. The program provides opportunities for NASW Chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue. These pilot projects then may serve as cornerstones for developing more comprehensive research projects.

The Ruth Fizdale Program was created in 1987 by Dr. Helen K. Rehr and other friends of Ruth Fizdale to honor her contributions to social work. The founders' intent was that, as an endowment, the income would be used to help underwrite studies related to people with social needs. Funding would be made available to seed pilot projects that could lead to projects that are larger and more comprehensive in scope.  

NASW National Awards

The NASW National Awards recognize leaders in the profession and in our communities who fully embody social work values and ethics. Our past award recipients have accomplished the extraordinary and we have been honored to recognize them. Read More >>

NASW Foundation / NASW Chapter Partnership

The NASW Foundation, as the tax-exempt subsidiary of NASW, is available to all NASW Chapters to house funds that are to be used for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, and for which tax deductibility by the donor is desired. Learn More >>


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The Ruth Fizdale Chapter Research Grant program is currently paused and no new chapter research grants will be given in 2024. 

NASW Chapters (only) are traditionally invited to apply for a Ruth Fizdale Program grant to conduct pilot research projects in social policy.  The program supports up to two research grants of up to $3,000 each. Grant recipients are announced in June.