Update from the Foundation President: Jennifer Gableman, CAI, ATS

On behalf of our entire board, I would like to thank all who gave during the Pass It Forward campaign at the NAA’s 2021 hybrid conference. Many of you provided lead donations and others gave during the Pass It Forward “ask.” Because of you, we were able to raise $130,000. You exceeded our expectations (and budget).

Furthermore, we are honored to have received the President’s Award of Distinction. We look forward to continuing our work alongside the NAA.

Over the past year, the Foundation has worked with the NAA to underwrite their entire 2020 education program. We are proud to say that we did not touch the endowment to fund this and that this year’s Pass It Forward replenished the till.

The Foundation with the assistance of the NAA staff also updated the website to a fresh, sleek format affording current and future donors information on what the Foundation does and how we help the Association and auction industry. Those seeking NAA education scholarships can find the application on the new website and can fill it out totally digitally. The Legacy Youth Scholarship Committee has also been added to the website with information on their scholarship opportunities, past scholarship recipients, and Auxiliary Hall of Fame recipients.

As I mentioned at Conference & Show, our tagline is “Honoring Our Legacy…Empowering Our Future.” This coming year, we will continue to provide scholarships for all educational programs while working to make our history more visible at headquarters in Overland Park, KS, and on AuctioneersFoundation.org. We are searching for a museum curator to assist in photographing and cataloging the historical auction items in the NAA’s possession. There are various ways you can support the Foundation including making a donation on the website or indirectly by purchasing through AmazonSmile where you can select the National Auctioneers Foundation as your charity of choice. I’ve set this up in the Amazon app so I don’t have to reset it each time.

Again, thank you to each and every one of our donors for making the 2021 Pass It Forward a huge success!

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