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The Society of American Archivists Foundation is the nation’s leading source of nonprofit funding dedicated solely to the interests of archives and archivists. Donations to the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible.

The Foundation’s mission is, “To enrich the knowledge and enhance the contributions of current and future generations by championing efforts to preserve and make accessible evidence of human activity and records of enduring value.” To that end, the Foundation funds public and professional education initiatives through programs and scholarships. Other activities include research, publications, and awards.

With the help of more than 225 donors last year, the Foundation was able to invest in refreshing the profession with new talent by providing scholarships to archives students; diversifying the profession via the Mosaic and Josephine Forman scholarships and the Harold T. Pinkett Travel Award, and acknowledging and motivating individuals to contribute to the profession via an active awards program.

What about the future? Going forward, the Foundation has such important goals as:

  • Development of continuing education products, including webinars that will reach the entire profession with state-of-the-art information.  As all repositories face the demands of the digital age and declining resources, the need for affordable and convenient continuing education becomes even more critical.
  • Provision of graduate-level scholarships to a diverse applicant pool.  Scholarships will help to attract bright and energetic individuals to the profession and help make it possible for them to attend graduate education programs.
  • Ongoing funding for collection and analysis of workforce statistics.  The research is far too important in helping us understand the profession and its future to rely on tenuous grant funding.

Any contribution is welcome, and we encourage you to give whatever amount you can afford.  Our vision in 2011 – the 75th Anniversary of SAA – is that each individual member might donate $75 to the Foundation.  If that were to happen, the Foundation would raise more than $400,000 – a great start at building a financial undergirding that will work for the interests of archives and archivists for years to come!

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