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Jacqueline Wei -  Thank you on behalf of the thousands of students that are in this association...your dedication has made a small, nervous, frightened little girl into who I am today. It will also make thousands of other children into a generation of global leaders.

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 gain the essential life skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Make a commitment for generations to come

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. 

Grace Johannes - This activity has taught me to be more confident in myself. Being up there, it felt like I not only had a voice, but that I was sharing something I was passionate about.
Adam Johnson - Every year we think about the contributions we want to make to organizations. This is quite simply the easiest check that I write every single year.

Specific Memorial Funds

  • Any donation can be given in memorial or in honor of an individual. The NSDA sends follow up cards.
  • In specific philanthropic instances, the NSDA is able to set up memorial funds that restrict the funding to mutually agreed upon areas.
  • One of our most known memorial funds is the William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund, often called the Tate Fund. Former President of the NSDA, Billy Tate believed that students who qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament should not be denied the experience because of a lack of funds. The Tate Fund is designed to help schools attending the National Speech & Debate Tournament for the first time, as well as schools with demonstrated financial need.
  • If you would like to learn more about the Carmendale Fernandes Fund for United States Extemporaneous speaking, the Harold Keller Fund for Congressional Debate, the Lanny & B. J. Naegelin Fund for Dramatic Interpretation, or any of our other funds, contact
  • Please note in the comment box of your donation the specific fund you would like to support or if you would like more information about setting up a memorial fund. Please consider choosing “greatest need” to provide speech and debate to as many students as possible. For any questions, please email

2019-2020 School Year Individual Donors


($5,000 and Up)

Adam and Ashley Johnson

Tom and Vicki Rollins


($2,500 – $4,999)

Michael and Linda Langford
In Memory of Joy Robbins and In Honor of Jim Robbins

Joe and Pam Wycoff


($1,000 – $2,499)

Susan Anderson

The Kettles Law Firm

J. Scott and Megan Wunn

Bob and Salli Stockton


($500 – $999)

Peter L. Coffey and Kristine H. Cleary

James Cox

Vicki Pape

Michael J. Shapiro

Jill Sitnick
In Memory of Carl Grecco

Double Octafinalist

($250 – $499)

David and Katherine Abel

Ted W. Belch

Bob Bilyeu

Susan Sprung and Christopher Keyser


($100 – $249)

Jarrius Adams

In Honor of James M. Copeland

Dr. Kenny and Nancy Barfield

Jennifer Burton

Alden B. Chace
In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Bret Culpepper

Toni Espey

Jacqueline Evrard-Vescio

Aaron Hardy

Jennifer Jerome

Robert and Sandra Krueger

David Lillehaug

Rev. and Mrs. David C. Marx

Chris Palmer

Cpt. Joseph L. and Jan Pizzo

James Poterba
In Memory of Edwin Kelly

Betty Whitlock and Kathy Owens
In Memory of Doris Compere

Jonathan Wolshuck


($0 – $99)

Georgia Brady

Doris and Roger Brannan

James Gentile

Robert Ihrig

Sarah Knobloch

William and Valerie Koeber

Clare Lascelles

Derek Liles

James E. Menchinger
In Memory of Margaret Miller

Grant Nelson

Ryan L. Nelson

Annie Reisener

Amy and Ray Seidelman

Maria Nubia Serrano

Laura Stein

Michael Stroud

Nicole and Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

Lisa Weber

Rachel Wimpee

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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