SAA Foundation

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

The SAA Foundation raises money to provide resources to enhance the work of the archival community.  To that end, the SAA Foundation will support:

  • Research and reporting about the profession, its practice, and its practitioners;
  • Development of professional growth opportunities;
  • Recognition of archivists via scholarships, travel assistance, and awards;
  • Programs to enhance the performance of repositories; and
  • Efforts to persuade influential external organizations to create or promote archives.

In addition, the SAA Foundation will seek to strengthen itself by enhancing its accountability, development, and governance.

Funds that support services to archivists and the archives profession:

Archival Workers Emergency Fund: Created in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020, the Archival Workers Emergency Fund was established to provide financial assistance for archival workers experiencing acute, unanticipated financial hardship due to the crisis.

Strategic Growth Fund: Established in 2011 in honor of the Society of American Archivists' 75th Anniversary, this fund supports the strategic priorities of the SAA Foundation, including professional and public education, publications, and research.

Margaret Cross Norton Fund: Originally established from the estate left to SAA by Margaret Cross Norton, this unrestricted fund is used to further the educational activities of the Foundation.

Linda J. Henry Fund: Originally established from the estate left to SAA by Linda J. Henry, this unrestricted fund is used to further the activities of the Foundation.

National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives: Established in 2005 by the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists to address the stabilization and recovery needs of archival repositories affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the fund has been broadened to provide grants to support recovery of archival collections from major disasters, regardless of region or repository type. To apply for an NDRFA Grant, click here.

Funds that support student scholarships:

Mosaic Scholarship: Promotes diversification of the American archives profession by providing financial and mentoring support to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival science.

F. Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship: Established by long-time SAA member and leader F. Gerald Ham and his wife Elsie, this fund provides graduate archival students with scholarship support in their second year of study.

Funds that support travel to the SAA Annual Meeting:

Harold T. Pinkett Student of Color Award: Promotes increased participation in SAA by exposing students of color to the experience of attending national meetings and encouraging them to join SAA.

Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award: Provides financial assistance to students and recent graduates of archival education programs to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting.

Funds that support awards honoring special achievements:

The Awards Fund: Awards honor contributions to the archives profession, advocacy on behalf of the profession, and writing and publishing. Read more about awards here

  • Archival Innovator Award
  • Brenda S. Banks Travel Award
  • C.F.W. Coker Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Diversity Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award
  • J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award
  • Sister M. Claude Lane, OP, Memorial Award
  • Waldo Gifford Leland Award
  • Theodore Calvin Pease Award
  • Preservation Publication Award
  • Fellows Ernst Posner Award
  • Spotlight Award

Philip Hamer & Elizabeth Hamer-Kegan Award: Recognizes efforts to increase public awareness of manuscripts and archives through compilation, transcription, public presentation, exhibition, or publication.


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Planned Giving

Request information on planned giving or let us know that you've remembered the Foundation in your will by contacting SAA Foundation Executive Director Nancy Beaumont at

Planned Giving

Request information on planned giving or let us know that you've remembered the Foundation in your will by contacting SAA Foundation Executive Director Nancy Beaumont at