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Together we build the future.

Whether you choose to support educator innovation in the classroom and professional developmentSTEM educationglobal learning, or celebrating educator excellence, your gift will make a difference for educators and students across the country.

Your donation is tax-deductible and will provide essential funding to support students and educators in public schools across the country. You can choose to make a one-time donation or give on a monthly basis.

You will receive an electronic receipt via e-mail for your contribution after the transaction is completed. 

We are proud that we have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and we are pleased to participate in the Guidestar Exchange program.

Ways to Give

Give online today

Help educators solve teaching and learning challenges! Your donation will support student learning in and out of the classroom. Click here to begin.

Join the Foundation’s most loyal support network!

Monthly giving is convenient for you and provides a dependable, stable income for us. Any amount helps, and you don’t need to remember to make your contributions. You can make recurring gifts either for a specific period of time or ongoing until you let us know otherwise. Get started now!

Give by Mail

If you would prefer to send a check, please mail it to:
The NEA Foundation
1201 Sixteenth Street NW, Suite 416
Washington, DC 20036

Gift by IRA Charitable Distribution

Support the NEA Foundation directly through your IRA

If you are over age 70 ½, consider supporting the NEA Foundation directly through your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Giving a donation to a qualified charity, such as the NEA Foundation, directly from your IRA can yield tax savings for you and provide much-needed support to the NEA Foundation. Please consult with your advisors regarding the tax benefits of such gifts and your plan administrator for the required forms.

Give by Stock

Gifts of appreciated publicly traded securities can offer Attractive Tax Benefits.

Because donor names are not identified in the gift transaction, please notify Melissa Slaughter, VP of Development, of the name and number of shares transferred so we may correctly identify and acknowledge your gift. Melissa can be reached at

For more information on the benefits of making a gift of stock or appreciated securities we recommend speaking with your financial advisor.

Honor a Friend or Family Member

Recognize a special person in your life with a tribute gift to the NEA Foundation.

We will notify the individual honored or the family of the person memorialized with your gift. All you have to do is fill out the Tribute Gifts section while giving your gift online. Click here to begin.

Match Your Gift

Double your impact!

Check with your human resources or community relations department to see if your employer matches gifts, then complete the required form and send it to us.

The NEA Foundation
1201 Sixteenth Street NW, Suite 416
Washington, DC 20036

Recommend a Gift from Your Donor Advised Fund

Please consider recommending a gift distribution to the NEA Foundation if you use a Donor Advised Fund.

Giving in Your Will

Support public education for generations to come with a gift that costs nothing now.

Visit our Planned Giving page for all the information you need to create a legacy of learning.

Every year, the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala brings together hundreds of individuals who care about public education to celebrate the men and women who work in America’s public schools. The 2020 Gala will be held on February 7, 2020. Click here to learn more and register for the Gala.

September 11 to the Present

Teaching History to a New Generation

At the NEA Foundation, we love funding educators who dream up new ways to bring learning to life!

Educators like Darren Hornbeck, a social studies teacher at Linganore High School in Frederick, MD. With the support of an NEA Foundation grant, he created a pilot course to take his students, many of whom were not born in 2001, through the global effects of September 11th.

Every year, the Foundation awards Student Success and Learning and Leadership grants through our Grants to Educators program to educators like Mr. Hornbeck.  These grants help educators improve their instructional practice by providing them with resources for classroom projects and professional development opportunities.

Because September 11th is still relatively recent history and so much of the material regarding it is online, Mr. Hornbeck used his Student Success Grant to provide his students with tablets, giving them access to digitized content and other web-based resources that they used to examine the social, cultural, and economic impact of the attacks and their aftermath.

Check out the video above to see his students discuss the impact the class had on their understanding of the global implications of September 11th. Your investment in the NEA Foundation helps to bring transformative experiences like this to classrooms across the country.

Accountability & Privacy



NEA Foundation has made a commitment to be highly transparent so that donors may be assured their gifts are being stewarded well and put to good use. You may find our current audited financial statements and IRS form 990, as well as information about our Board of Directors through the links on this page.

We are proud that we have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 10 consecutive years, and we are pleased to participate in the Guidestar Exchange program.

Donor Privacy Policy

Donor Privacy Policy

The NEA Foundation values each of our donors and takes their privacy very seriously. To that end, we maintain the highest level of confidentiality concerning our donors' contact and financial information. All donor transactions with the Foundation are covered by this policy. Online donor transactions are conducted over secure portals, and access to this data is password-protected and limited to authorized Foundation employees.

What we collect:

The Foundation collects the following personal information from our donors: donor name, acknowledgement name, amount donated, address, telephone number, and email address.

How we use donor information:

Donor information is used for internal purposes only. The Foundation does not sell, lease, or share donor information. Donor information will only be used by the Foundation's staff to:

  • Distribute receipts for donations

  • Thank donors for their contribution

  • Inform donors about current and upcoming activities of the Foundation, including additional opportunities to support the Foundation

  • Track and analyze donor data

  • Comply with current rules and regulations governing 501(c)(3) financial reporting

  • Comply with any reporting requirements related to specific grants or contributions

The Donor Bill of Rights:

  • To be informed of the NEA Foundation's mission, of the way the Foundation intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the NEA Foundation's Board of Directors and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

  • To have access to the NEA Foundation's most recent financial statements.

  • To be assured their gifts will be used by the NEA Foundation for the purposes for which they were given.

  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition of all contributions to the NEA Foundation.

  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.

  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

Adapted from "The Donor Bill of Rights" created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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