NASW Community Fund

Dear colleague,

Donate to our NASW Community Fund today! As you know, each year NASW offers a number of grants to help colleagues-in-need attend our ScienceWriters annual meetings and other professional development opportunities. These grants draw solely from our NASW general budget and assist colleagues with financial need, support student trainees, and advance our diversity and equity mission. Grants can cover travel or offer support for attendance at virtual events, including registration, funds to offset caregiving costs, or equipment purchase.

Our Community Fund creates an additional way for NASW members to give to our community goals. By growing our funding base, we can further sustain the grant programs necessary to meet ongoing and new areas of encouragement. With your help, this approach will enhance our overall capacity to meet travel assistance demands. 

Nurturing a vibrant, diverse community of science writers is our collective responsibility, and we all have benefited from the contributions of members before us. If you have the ability, please consider making a gift to our NASW Community Fund.

The NASW Board of Directors

YES! I would like to support the NASW Community Fund. I believe in supporting students and other colleagues-in-need in their travel to ScienceWriters annual meetings and other critical professional development opportunities. Unless anonymity is requested, all donors will be recognized in an annually updated list published online and in our membership magazine. Giving amounts will not be listed.

How should we acknowledge your gift?

The fine print

Unless anonymity is requested, all donors will be recognized in an annually updated list published online and in our membership magazine.

NASW is a 501(c)(6) organization. As such, your gift is not tax-deductible. All gifts are designated in full for grant disbursement, with no fraction diverted to overhead. Gifts are not matched between specific donors and recipients; all gifts are aggregated within each fund and all grants are disbursed by NASW as issuer. The selection criteria, solicitation, applicant review, and award decisions for each grant are governed by the NASW committee(s) with responsibility for that fund (e.g. NASW Education Committee, NASW Diversity Committee). NASW committees are led by and entirely comprised of dues-paying NASW members in good standing. Committee members serve on a volunteer basis and are not compensated.

The objective of the Community Travel Fund is to increase the overall fiscal capacity of NASW to offer professional development travel assistance, which would otherwise draw solely from the NASW general budget. Gifts to the Community Travel Fund may be disbursed to any existing NASW travel program, including Undergraduate Travel Fellowships, Graduate Travel Fellowships, Professional Travel Fellowships, and Diversity Fellowships. Disbursements from the Community Travel Fund will be made to the grant programs of the greatest need, as assigned by the NASW Board of Directors.

Other need-specific NASW funds may be created in the future. We welcome member input and committee volunteer service in developing these and other programmatic solutions to nurture our science writing profession.

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