The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association believes students are the future. We believe in the importance of their participation in an environment that emphasizes the development of character, citizenship and leadership. The NIAAA Endowment Fund was established to help provide athletic administrators with the tools necessary to maximize opportunities for student athletes.
The Endowment Fund grows each year by member contributions and efforts made by the Endowment Committee. At the National Conference, fundraisers occur with a sole purpose of providing additional funds to the Endowment. Those fundraisers include golf tournaments, silent auctions, and fun runs. Currently, the Endowment Fund provides funding to the Outreach Program and the Grant Program. Both programs are available to state athletic administrator associations to assist in providing professional development to athletic directors in their state. Applicants are chosen by the NIAAA Board at the February and/or July meetings.
The primary purpose of the Endowment Fund is to provide opportunities for leadership development in areas of the country that otherwise would not be able to afford it. Each year, applications are submitted from state associations that wish to use the funds for Outreach programs or grants. The NIAAA Outreach Program provides LTC 501, 502 and 503 in addition to one year of membership for each participant and the opportunity for one of every ten participants to receive a scholarship to attend the National Athletic Directors Conference.
In addition to the Outreach Program, the NIAAA Endowment Fund offers a Grant Program to state associations that are requesting assistance for national faculty instructors for specific courses or conference presenters. The funds may be used to cover travel, lodging, or stipends for instructors and/or keynote speakers. Each state that applies is eligible to receive up to $1,000 and may apply for the grant once every three years.