Current Programs and Sponsorships
The Foundation is committed to the fulfillment of its mission to provide funding to advance and enrich the auction community.
To achieve that objective, each year the Foundation allocates funding for the National Auctioneers Association to be used to enhance research, education or public relations program for NAA and/or NAA members. In the past ten years alone, in excess of $1.4 Million has been awarded to NAA to fund projects and programs such as:
The Foundation partnered with NAA to fund a comprehensive independent industry survey to document and report industry-wide market trends. The resulting information was distributed to the NAA membership for use within their own businesses and it was used extensively in support of public relations and media inquiries.
Funding from NAF enables NAA to utilize VOCUS, a public relations tool which provides data on over 800,000 media outlets worldwide that enables NAA to promote the profession and the industry through positive, pro-active public relations efforts. In addition, VOCUS allows NAA to provide two valuable member benefits. The NAA Auction Newsroom and State Media Directories.
Maintenance and Renovation:
The much needed maintenance and renovations to the NAA Headquarter office building in Overland Park, Kansas were made possible through funding from NAF.
The National Auctioneers Museum:
Housed within the NAA headquarters, the museum is open to all auction professionals as well as the public. The museum provides a permanent and secure archive for an extensive (and growing) collection of vintage photos, documents, auction videos, audio recording, and memorabilia. The museum not only preserves the rich history of the auction industry but also serves as an invaluable resource for industry information and research. In addition to the physical exhibits, a web based ‘virtual museum’ is currently in the planning stages of development. For more details, click here.
NAF administers and manages the funds for two Certified Auctioneers Institute scholarship programs.
- The Larry McCool Scholarship was established in 2006 and provides tuition assistance to qualified auctioneers to attend Course I of the Certified Auctioneers Institute.
- The Pat Massart Scholarship for Leaders was also established in 2006 and is awarded to recognize outstanding leadership of a CAI Course III student.
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Recorded Interviews with Industry Leaders:
NAF maintains a library of audio and video recorded interviews with Auction industry leaders. Each year at Conference and Show we add to our extensive collection. This recorded history is perhaps one of our greatest treasures and resource. Click here to view our catalog of interviews and access the recordings.