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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.

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.
The National Speech & Debate Association (National Forensic League) is a GuideStar Gold Participant.
Debate is one of the most transformative activities I've been involved in. Debate allowed me to not only gain critical skills, such as research, analytical, and speaking - It allowed me to gain lifelong friends. - Kofi Sam

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 nicole.wanzer-serrano@speechanddebate.org.
  • 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 nicole.wanzer-serrano@speechanddebate.org.

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. 

2020-2021 School Year Individual Donors

Finalist

($5,000 and Up)

James Allen

William West
In Memory of Keith West

Joe and Pam Wycoff

Semifinalist

($2,500 – $4,999)

Joshua Adams
In Memory of Keith West

Quarterfinalist

($1,000 – $2,499)

J. Scott and Megan Wunn

Octafinalist

($500 – $999)

Suzanne Case
In Memory of Keith West

Double Octafinalist

($250 – $499)

Ted W. Belch
Douglas Karlen
In Memory of Keith West

Lorraine Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Competitor

($100 – $249)

Niki Bell
In Memory of Keith West

Duane Benton

Patricia Black
In Memory of Keith West

Sheila Carter
In Memory of Keith West

Steve Clark
In Memory of Keith West

Mary Lee Coleman
In Memory of Keith West

Bret Culpepper

Jacqueline Evrard-Vescio

Elaine and Jonna Failing
In Memory of Keith West

Richard and Rosemary Hutchinson
In Memory of Keith West

Robert Kern
In Memory of Keith West

Sarah Knobloch

Vickie Loher-Johnson
In Memory of Keith West

Michelle McGinty – White
In Memory of Keith West

Renee Motter

Arvid and Mary Oliver
In Memory of Keith West

Mateo Portelli

Joseph Rogers
In Memory of Brother Rene Sterner and Brother Kevin Dalmasse

Caitlyn Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Pamela Runde
In Memory of Keith West

Ashley Sovereign

Jami Vander Zee
In Memory of Keith West

Donor

($0 – $99)

Kathy Battles
In Memory of Keith West

Pat and Alan Bratetic
In Memory of Keith West

David Brown

Sonja and Stanley Brown
In Memory of Keith West

Jennifer Burton

Karen Bush
In Memory of Keith West

Timothy Butler
In Memory of Keith West

Eileen Chesnek

Justin Clark
In Memory of Keith West

Daniel Flaherty
In Memory of Keith West

Pablo Gannon

Lorene Harris
In Memory of Keith West

Ruth and Glenn Hobin
In Memory of Keith West

Kaye Hughes
In Memory of Keith West

Eileen MacDougall
In Memory of Keith West

Julie McAvoy
In Memory of Keith West

Alyson Nelson
In Memory of Keith West

Grant Nelson

Ryan L. Nelson

William Ponder

Dolores Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Amy and Ray Seidelman

Jill Sitnick
In Memory of Carl Grecco

Constance Skinner
In Memory of Keith West

Laura Stein

Eric and Brittany Torgerson
In Memory of Keith West

James and Joanne Trees
In Memory of Keith West

Nicole and Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

James and Fonda Wettestad
In Memory of Keith West

Bob and Ronda Wissink
In Memory of Keith West

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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