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Join the Bruno E. Jacob Society for Donors

Bruno E. Jacob Society members are part of a legacy of speech and debate dating back to our founding at Ripon College in 1925. In the many decades since, the National Speech & Debate Association has provided recognition and support for high school and middle school students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the years, our mission is more relevant today than ever before.

As a Bruno E. Jacob Society member, you’ll receive special benefits like monthly newsletters, listing in the annual report, VIP seating, and exclusive invitations to events. These benefits are just a small token of our appreciation for your support. Of course, the real benefits come in knowing that you are helping young people across the country learn critical thinking skills, gain confidence, and find their own voice.

For more information about joining, please email or make a gift today!

For more information on specific funds, please email

Join the 1925 Society

Founded in 2016, the 1925 Society recognizes the extraordinary commitment of speech and debate coaches, alumni, and supporters who have chosen to remember the National Speech & Debate Association in their will or estate plans. Members of the 1925 Society play an important role in accomplishing the NSDA’s mission of providing speech and debate opportunities to students throughout the country.

Your early support for the 1925 Society will show new coaches, recent alumni, and our other supporters that those who have been most committed to speech and debate in the past are the strongest champions for ensuring its future.

When you’re helping others, you can never really underestimate your power as one person to make a difference. Delanya Storey

2017 Exemplary Student Service Award Recipient

The most powerful tool a citizen has in a democracy is their voice. By giving youth a voice, the Association is equipping tomorrow’s leaders with that tool! David Abel

Coach and NSDA Donor

William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund

William Woods Tate, Jr., passed away April 6, 2013, leaving behind a legacy of leadership that will remain unmatched in history. Billy was a five-diamond coach at Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to joining MBA, he coached at Selma High School in Alabama from 1968 to 1983. In addition to coaching, Billy was a shining leader within the National Speech & Debate Association. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1988 and served on the Board until his retirement in 2012. He served as President from 1998 to 2012, and joined the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

The William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund is designed to help schools and students attending the National Speech & Debate Tournament for the first time, as well as schools with demonstrated financial need. The National Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world! For students, it is the culmination of months or years of hard work and dedication to their event. Of the 140,000 student members we serve, nearly 6,000 students qualify each year, and we want to make sure all students who qualify have the opportunity to attend.

Donation Amount: Provides:
$30 gift three rounds of judging for one team
$60 gift register one student for the National Tournament
$120 gift register one team (Policy, PF, DUO) for the National Tournament

Your gift of any size will help schools in need attend the National Tournament and allow their students the opportunity of a lifetime to compete on a national level and receive the recognition they deserve for their achievement. In order to provide these grants to qualified schools before the next National Tournament, please consider making a contribution before April 15.

Please select “William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund” under the program designation section to allocate your online gift to this fund.

2019-2020 School Year Individual Donors


($5,000 and Up)

Adam and Ashley Johnson

Tom and Vicki Rollins


($2,500 – $4,999)

Joe and Pam Wycoff


($1,000 – $2,499)

Susan Anderson

The Kettles Law Firm

J. Scott and Megan Wunn


($500 – $999)

Peter L. Coffey and Kristine H. Cleary

James Cox

Vicki Pape

Jill Sitnick
In Memory of Carl Grecco

Double Octafinalist

($250 – $499)

David and Katherine Abel

Ted W. Belch

Susan Sprung and Christopher Keyser


($100 – $249)

Jarrius Adams

Jennifer Burton

Jacqueline Evrard-Vescio

Betty Whitlock and Kathy Owens
In Memory of Doris Compere


($0 – $99)

Bret Culpepper

James Gentile

Robert Ihrig

Sarah Knobloch

Grant Nelson

Ryan L. Nelson

Amy and Ray Seidelman

Maria Nubia Serrano

Laura Stein

Michael Stroud

Nicole and Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

Lisa Weber

Annual Report

The National Speech & Debate Association’s Annual Report reviews changes in the Association over the past year and provides information about its fiscal health.

Annual Report - 2019
Annual Report - 2018
Annual Report - 2017
Annual Report - 2016
Annual Report - 2015
Annual Report - 2014
Annual Report - 2013
Annual Report - 2012
Annual Report - 2011
Annual Report - 2010
Annual Report - 2009
Send your check or money order to:
National Speech & Debate Association
401 Railroad Place
West Des Moines, IA 50265-4730

The National Forensic League’s Federal Tax ID# is 39-0840589.

Certain states require written disclosures for nonprofit organizations soliciting contributions. Individual state disclosures are available here.

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