The NSA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Speakers Association. It is devoted to upholding the spirit of serving, sharing and supporting embodied by our founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, and serves to help both those members and families of our NSA Community, as well as those in need in our larger global community. The Foundation is able to act on behalf of our members to do something that comes naturally in the speaking profession – helping others.
Financial help for current and past members and their families who are facing health or natural disaster emergencies;Today, the Foundation serves members and the public through:
- Grants to active members needing temporary financial assistance with dues or meeting registration fees;
- Scholarships for both undergrad and graduate college students; and
- Grants to help charitable organizations communicate through technology.
Thanks to the generous, tax-deductible donations of members, Chapters and through fundraising events, many worthy individuals have received financial support when they need it most. Below is more information about Foundation offerings, Trustees, events or how to apply for a grant.
In 1977, several CPAEs heard that a highly respected speaker and his wife were facing severe financial difficulty due to the speaker’s prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s. The CPAEs decided they wanted to DO something in addition to BEING members of the elite Speaker Hall of Fame®. As word spread, they began sending checks in various amounts that were forwarded to the speakers’ wife. The speaker was none other than Frank Bettger author of bestselling book, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. Both he and his wife were feeling the weight of medical bills and outliving their saved assets. When Frank passed away in 1981, his wife still faced a financial challenge, but because Frank had been in the insurance business, the proceeds from his insurance provided her the income she needed. When Mrs. Bettger passed away, unknown to the CPAEs who had helped them when they needed it most, she had made the necessary changes to her will to make sure the money the CPAEs had sent her was to be repaid in full.
Realizing that other members might one day be in a similar situation, a group of CPAEs suggested using these repaid funds to form a Foundation. Thus, the Professional Speakers Benefit Fund (PSBF), operating as the NSA Foundation, was born and later transformed into the 501(c)(3) organization we know today, operating as the fully funded charitable arm of the Association.
Since that initial act of generosity, the PSBF has helped hundreds of members with financial assistance during serious health emergencies, catastrophic loss from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, and the outliving of their assets.
Guidelines for the PSBF Grant:
- Members can request assistance themselves or other members can make requests in their behalf.
- Any member of the Association, who has been in good standing for at least three years, may be eligible for a grant.
- Any former member of the Association who was in good standing for at least five years, may be eligible for a grant.
- The Committee Chair must personally contact the applicant or, if that is not possible, the closest relative or caregiver, to determine need and circumstances.
For more information on the PSBF Grant, please email MemberServices@NSAspeaker.org.
Art Berg Fund Grant
To honor the memory and contributions of Art Berg, CSP, CPAE, the Art Berg Fund Grant was created to provide grants to 501(c)3 organizations in which an Association member is involved as an active volunteer for use in a technology-related project that enhances communication for the benefit of the clients of the non-profit organization. Each year, one grant is awarded in the amount of $4,000. Examples of the types of projects eligible for funding include:
- Creating and distributing free audio packages to the blind.
- Providing software and/or hardware to after-school programs.
- Developing a wireless project to connect at-risk children and/or their parents to 911 hotlines.
- Establishing educational programs in sign language to parents/siblings of deaf children.
- Funding research to identify ways volunteers can use technology to assist the elderly demographic.
For more information on the Art Berg Fund Grant, please email MemberServices@NSAspeaker.org.
In 1989, the Foundation established a scholarship program to encourage and reward juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a burning desire to pursue some aspect of professional speaking as a career. Each year the Foundation awards six $5,000 student scholarship grants in recognition of these individuals:
- Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE
- Bill Gove, CSP, CPAE
- Earl Nightingale
- Nido Qubein, CSP, CPAE
- Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE
- Robert Henry, CSP, CPAE
Since its inception, over $350,000 has been awarded in grants and student memberships to worthy individuals allowing them to achieve their educational goals and to give back to the communities in which they attend classes, work and live.
To learn more about the Scholarship Grants we offer, please email MemberServices@NSAspeaker.org. Only one grant will be awarded to any applicant in any given year.