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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.
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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 provides financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience.
  • 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. In the many decades since, the National Speech & Debate Association has provided recognition and support for a diverse community of high school and middle school students participating in speech and debate activities.

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

Adam and Ashley Johnson

Cpt. Joseph L. and Jan Pizzo

Tom and Vicki Rollins

Roy & Betty Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Audrey and William West
In Memory of Keith West

Joe and Pam Wycoff

Semifinalist

($2,500 – $4,999)

Joshua Adams
In Memory of Keith West
Victor Jih

Quarterfinalist

($1,000 – $2,499)

Kristen Soltis Anderson

Hunter and Michael Arton

Alan and Laura Coverstone

Dale DeLetis
In Honor of Debbie Simon

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

Dr. Robert S. Littlefield
In Honor of Lindsay and Brady Littlefield

David Lopez
In Memory of B. J. and Lanny Naegelin

Alexandra and Matthew Murray

Deborah Simon
In honor of Dale DeLetis and In memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Anne White

J. Scott and Megan Wunn

Octafinalist

($500 – $999)

Kovan Barzani

Ted W. Belch

Suzanne Case
In Memory of Keith West

Yvonne and Kirby Chin
In Memory of Richard B. Sodikow

Mark Ferguson

Judi Newman
In Memory of Keith West

Troy Nguyen

Michael Reszler

Vicki Pape

Dr. Randy Patterson
In Memory of James P. Swinney

Caitlyn Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Joshua Swartsel
In Memory of Harold Keller

Melisa L. Wilson

Double Octafinalist

($250 – $499)

Dr. Kenny and Nancy Barfield

Bob Bilyeu

Dr. Mike Edmonds

Mary Gormley

Maggie Hou
In Memory of Keith West

David and Judy Huston

Robert Ickes
In Honor of NSDA Staff

Beth and Pat Ingram

Adam J. Jacobi and J. Scott Baker, Ph.D.
In Memory of Ron Steinhorst

Jennifer Jerome
In Memory of Dan Johnson

Douglas Karlen
In Memory of Keith West

Betsy and Cherian Koshy
in Memory of Pat Bailey

J. E. Masters
In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Raymond and Pam McComas
In Honor of Natalie McComas Gallecier

Mel Olson

Lorraine Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Susan Sprung and Christopher Keyser

Michael E. Starks

Blake Schaeffer
In Memory of Billy Tate

David Wendt

Competitor

($100 – $249)

Donna Uttecht Adamas

Shawn and Lynn Aiken

Joni Anker

David Baker

Niki Bell
In Memory of Keith West

Duane Benton

Patricia Black
In Memory of Keith West

Jennifer Burton

Sheila Carter
In Memory of Keith West

Glenn R. Cavanaugh

Alden B. Chace

Steve Clark
In Memory of Keith West

Mary Lee Coleman
In Memory of Keith West

Don and Ann Crabtree

Bret Culpepper

Charles Downs

Rachel Elkington

Toni Espey

Jacqueline Evrard-Vescio

Elaine and Jonna Failing
In Memory of Keith West

Christine Grabelski

Betsy Hanmer

Jan Heiteen

Richard and Rosemary Hutchinson
In Memory of Keith West

Robert J. Kelly

Robert Kern
In Memory of Keith West

Sarah Knobloch

Vicki Larsen

David Lillehaug
In Memory of Jim Carlson

Vickie Loher-Johnson
In Memory of Keith West

Greg and Alma Malis

Rev. and Mrs. David C. Marx
In Memory of Marian Milstead

Gideon Mark

Robert “Bob” Marks

Steve Meadows
In Honor of Tony Figliola

Christopher McDonald

Michelle McGinty – White
In Memory of Keith West

James E. Menchinger
In Memory of Margaret Miller

Renee Motter

Susan Napier and Alex Berger

Ryan L. Nelson

Arvid and Mary Oliver
In Memory of Keith West

William Ponder

Mateo Portelli

Warren Poschman

James Poterba
In Memory of Edwin Kelly

Zachary Prax

Dr. Polly and Mr. Bruce Reikowski

Jim and Colleen Reisener

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

Pamela Runde
In Memory of Keith West

Steven and Anna Schappaugh

Amy and Ray Seidelman

Jill Sitnick
In Memory of Carl Grecco

Caroline and Jon Skidmore

Micki W. Smith
In Honor of Francis David VanTreese

W Stephen Smith

Ashley Sovereign

Winnie and Jack Tuckness

Daniel and Charlotte Tyree

Jami Vander Zee
In Memory of Keith West

Lisa and Darrell Vossekuil

Gregory F. Wells

Donor

($0 – $99)

Hannah Ali
In Memory of Theodore David O’Connor II

Tim Averill
In Memory of Lauren B. Averill

Kathy Battles
In Memory of Keith West

Georgia Brady

Doris and Roger Brannan

Pat and Alan Bratetic
In Memory of Keith West

Christy Briggs

David Brown

Sonja and Stanley Brown
In Memory of Keith West

Karen Bush
In Memory of Keith West

Timothy Butler
In Memory of Keith West

Jim and Theresa Cavallo

Eileen Chesnek

Justin Clark
In Memory of Keith West

Stephen and Ruth-Ann Clurman

Patricia Cramer
In Memory of Keith West

Margaret Daniel

Kathy Dumke

Daniel Flaherty
In Memory of Keith West

Pablo Gannon

James Gentile

Robert Gumerlock
In Memory of James M. Copeland

Jane Hagedorn

Lorene Harris
In Memory of Keith West

Ruth and Glenn Hobin
In Memory of Keith West

Kaye Hughes
In Memory of Keith West

Robert Ihrig

Jacob Kinman

Peter and Vared Klein
In Honor of Nicole Wanzer-Serrano

William and Valerie Koeber

Ronald Krikac
In Memory of Lanny Naegelin

Robert and Sandra Krueger

Jacquelyn (Jacci) Langston
In Memory of Andrea Scott

Eileen MacDougall
In Memory of Keith West

Scott and Beth Maltzie

Julie McAvoy
In Memory of Keith West

Michael McBride

Randall McCutcheon
In Memory of Amy McCutcheon

Ken and Michelle Law
In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Alyson Nelson
In Memory of Keith West

Grant Nelson

Ryan L. Nelson

Liz Patton
In Memory of Keith West

Dolores Ross
In Memory of Keith West

Mary Donna Ross

Jay Rye

Nubia Serrano

Constance Skinner
In Memory of Keith West

Arthur Smith
In Honor of Christopher Rothgeb

Laura Stein

Eric and Brittany Torgerson
In Memory of Keith West

James and Joanne Trees
In Memory of Keith West

Maren Wallenberg
In Memory of Keith West

Nicole and Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

Natalie Weber

James and Fonda Wettestad
In Memory of Keith West

Betty Whitlock
In Memory of Violet Hart

Bob and Ronda Wissink
In Memory of Keith West

Jonathan Wolshuck

Lonny and Linda Wunn

Claire and Steve Zawistowski

Blake Ziegler

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 - 2020
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
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