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- Founding President James O'Neill

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NCA Awards Fund

Each year, NCA honors the best in communication, presenting awards for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and professional service. The awards recognize a wide range of contributions to the communication discipline and are funded by the generosity of our Donors.

Additional Information

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all NCA donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they are given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition and to have the opportunity to keep your gift anonymous, if you desire.
  • To be assured that information about your donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing NCA for fundraising will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
  • To be assured that NCA respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. Your name and personal contact information will not be sold, shared, or otherwise disclosed with/to any other organization, public, private, or non-profit.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

This policy represents the policy of The National Communication Association (NCA) governing the solicitation and acceptance of gifts by NCA.  The provisions in this policy shall apply to all gifts received by NCA. NCA’s Executive Committee reserves the right to revise or revoke this Policy at any time and to make exceptions to the Policy.

The purposes of the policy are to provide guidance for the Executive Committee, staff, and members with respect to their responsibilities concerning gifts to NCA and guidance to prospective donors and their professional advisors when making gifts to NCA. 

1. Overarching Provisions 

NCA may seek and accept charitable donations.  Donations will be acknowledged in compliance with IRS guidelines/regulations.

NCA may actively engage in development activities in accordance with its strategic plan.  The purpose of all fundraising shall be to further the mission of NCA, which is:

The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.  NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.  Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

NCA shall not accept gifts that:

  • Violate the terms of the NCA’s Gift Acceptance Policy;
  • Jeopardize the NCA’s status as a tax-exempt organization under federal or state law;
  • Are too difficult or expensive to administer;
  • Are for purposes that do not further the NCA’s objectives; or
  • Could damage the reputation of the NCA.

2. Considerations for Specific Forms of Gifts 

Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards 

NCA will accept gifts paid by cash, check (made payable to NCA), and credit card.

Marketable Securities 

NCA will accept gifts of publicly-traded securities.  Publicly-traded securities may be transferred to an account maintained by NCA at one or more brokerage firms or delivered physically with the transferor’s signature or stock power attached.  Publicly-traded securities shall normally be sold as soon as practical following receipt. 

 Bequests 

Donors may make bequests to NCA under their wills and trusts.  A bequest will not be recorded as a gift until the gift is irrevocable.  When the gift is irrevocable, it will be recorded in accordance with GAAP. 

 Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations 

NCA may accept designations as beneficiary of donors’ retirement plans.  A designation will not be recorded as a gift until the gift is irrevocable.  When the gift is irrevocable, the gift will be recorded in accordance with GAAP.

 Life Insurance 

NCA may accept designations as owner of a life insurance policy.  The life insurance policy will be recorded as a gift once the NCA is named as both beneficiary and irrevocable owner of a life insurance policy.  The gift shall be valued in accordance with GAAP rules.  If the donor contributes future premium payments, the NCA will include the entire amount of the additional premium payment as a gift in the year that it is made.  If the donor does not elect to continue to make gifts to cover premium payments on the life insurance policy, the NCA will surrender the policy for its current cash value.

 Donors may name the NCA as beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of their life insurance policies.  A designation will not be recorded as a gift until the gift is irrevocable.  When the gift is irrevocable, the gift shall be recorded in accordance with GAAP.

Real Estate 

Gifts of real estate may include developed property, undeveloped property, or gifts subject to a prior life interest.  A title binder shall be obtained by NCA prior to the acceptance of the real property gift when appropriate.  The cost of this title binder will be at the expense of the donor.  General policy on real property is to liquidate in a reasonable period of time to avoid liability on NCA assets.  Decisions about whether to accept gifts of real estate shall be based in part on the following factors:

  • Any concerns which an environmental audit reveals—prior to acceptance of real estate, NCA shall require a Phase I environmental review of the property to ensure that the property has no environmental problem.  If the initial inspection reveals a potential problem, NCA shall retain a qualified inspection firm to conduct an environmental audit.  The cost of the audit shall be at the expense of the donor.
  • Whether the property is useful for the purposes of NCA and promotion of the Strategic Plan
  • The marketability of the property
  • Any encumbrances, leases, restrictions, reservations, easements, or other limitations associated with the property
  • Any carrying costs associated with the property, including insurance, property taxes, mortgages, notes or other costs
  • Restriction by the donor to keep and maintain the property, putting undue cost on NCA—NCA will accept a remainder interest in a personal residence, farm, or vacation property subject to the provisions above, allowing the donor or other occupants to continue to occupy the real property for the duration of the stated life.  At the death of the life tenant(s), NCA may use the property or reduce it to cash.  Expenses for maintenance, real estate taxes, and any property indebtedness shall be paid by the donor or primary beneficiary.

 Tangible Personal Property 

Decisions about whether to accept gifts of tangible personal property shall be based in part on the following factors:

  • Whether the property furthers the mission of NCA
  • The marketability of the property
  • The restrictions on the use, display, or sale of the property
  • Carrying costs and possible liability for the property

 Closely-Held Securities 

Securities that are not publicly-traded shall be sold as quickly as possible.  Decisions about whether to accept closely-held securities, including debt and equity positions in non-publicly traded companies, interests in LLPs and LLCs, or other ownership forms, shall be based in part on the following factors: 

  • Restrictions on the security that would prevent NCA from ultimately converting the securities to cash
  • The marketability of the securities
  • Any undesirable consequences for NCA from accepting the securities

 Charitable Remainder Trusts 

NCA may accept designations as remainder beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust.  NCA may accept appointment as trustee of a charitable remainder trust

 Charitable Lead Trusts 

NCA may accept designations as income beneficiary of a charitable lead trust.  NCA may accept an appointment as trustee of a charitable lead trust.

 Charitable Gift Annuities 

NCA does not have the option of Charitable Gift Annuities.

3.  Tax Deductions 

  • The donor is responsible for substantiating the amount claimed as a deduction for federal and state income, gift, and estate tax purposes.  This includes, when necessary, timely obtaining a “qualified appraisal.” See IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property.
  • NCA will assist the donor by providing reasonable assistance and information, and when required, signing an appropriately completed IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions.
  • NCA will provide each donor with a written receipt or other acknowledgement of the donor’s gift that, to the extent possible, complies with the then-existing requirements of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations regarding substantiation of charitable contributions.
  • In acknowledging the receipt of any noncash gift, NCA will accurately describe any restrictions to which the property is subject, and will not indicate any monetary value attributable to the gift.
  • When required, NCA will timely file IRS Form 8282, Donee Information Return, to report the sale or other disposition of certain property within three years after its receipt.

4. Additional Provisions 

  • Gift Agreements—Any gift of $5,000 or more with restrictions shall require a written gift agreement with the donor that specifies the terms of the gift, which may include provisions regarding donor recognition.
  • Pledge Agreements—Acceptance by NCA of pledges by donors for future support shall be contingent upon the execution and fulfillment of a written charitable pledge agreement specifying the terms of the pledge which may include provisions regarding donor recognition.
  • Fees—NCA will not accept a gift unless the donor is responsible for (1) the fees of independent legal counsel retained by donor for completing the gift; (2) appraisal fees; (3) environmental audits and title binders; and (4) all other third-party fees associated with the transfer of the gift to NCA.
  • Valuation of Gifts—NCA shall record gifts received at their valuation on the date of gift.  When a gift is irrevocable but is not due until a future date, the gift will be recorded at the time the gift becomes irrevocable in accordance with GAAP.
  • Restrictions on Sale—NCA will not normally accept gifts of noncash property that expressly or practically prevent NCA from selling or otherwise disposing of the property less than three (3) years after its receipt by NCA.
  • Restricted Donations—Restricted gifts for activities that are already underway will generally be accepted.  Restricted donations for new activities of less than $5,000 may be accepted provided that the activity aligns with the mission of the association and does not require additional resources in order to achieve the intended outcome.
  • Named Endowed Funds—A donor may contribute and name a fund and restrict the use of the income or principal of the fund.  Named funds require a minimum contribution of $25,000.  Distributions from the fund will begin between twelve and twenty three months after the gift is made in full, depending on the month of the fiscal year at the time the gift is made.  The trustee for an open endowed fund will be the Awards TrusteeCommittee of NCA. 
  • Written Acknowledgement—NCA shall provide written acknowledgement of all gifts made to NCA and comply with the current IRS requirements in acknowledgement of the gifts.

5.   Fundraising Authority 

To ensure that all fundraising efforts on behalf of NCA conform with legal, financial, and other external requirements as well as the priorities of NCA’s strategic plan: 

No interest group, other subgroup of NCA, or individual member may engage in any development activities without prior approval. 

The Executive Director may grant approval to solicit funds of $5,000 or less from a company or organization.  For solicitations of more than $5,000 from a company or organization, approval must be granted by the Executive Committee. 

The Executive Director may grant approval to solicit funds from individuals for an event or project requiring a campaign of $2,500 or less.  For events or projects requiring more than $2,500 of combined individual contributions, approval must be granted by the Executive Committee. 

If an interest group, other subgroup of NCA, or individual member is given approval to engage in a development activity, a standard set of requirements for implementation will be followed. 

If an interest group, other subgroup of NCA, or individual member is offered funds for an NCA-related activity by an individual or an organization without any solicitations, the Executive Director must give approval before the funds can be received.  Approval will be based on adherence to the NCA Gift Acceptance Policy.

6.   Implementation of this policy 

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing this policy.  The Executive Director will bring the following decisions to the Executive Committee for review:

  • Acceptance of gifts of real estate;
  • Acceptance of gifts of tangible personal property of over $5,000;
  • Acceptance of restricted gifts of over $5,000 for new activities;
  • Acceptance of gifts of over $5,000 that are ambiguous with respect to conformity with this policy;
  • Acceptance of gifts of over $5,000 that are exceptions to this policy;
  • Anything else at the Executive Director’s discretion.

NCA shall seek the advice of legal counsel in matters relating to acceptance of gifts when appropriate. Review by legal counsel is recommended for:

  • Closely held stock transfers that are subject to restrictions or buy-sell agreements;
  • Documents naming NCA as trustee;
  • Gifts involving contracts such as bargain sales, partnership agreements, or other documents requiring the NCA to assume an obligation;
  • Transactions with a potential conflict of interest;
  • Gifts of real estate;
  • Pledge agreements with special requests for recognition or fulfillment; and
  • Charitable lead and remainder trusts.

In order to avoid potential conflicts of interest, for non-standard gifts NCA should encourage prospective donors to seek the assistance of their own legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts and the resulting tax and estate planning consequences.

Approved by the Executive Committee February 2013; Revised September 2013Revised February 2015

National Communication Association (NCA) is a §501(c)(3) organization, gifts to which are deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

CaliforniaNCA's audited financial statement is available upon request to NCA. 100 percent of your gift may be deducted under Federal and State income tax laws. Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. NCA’s registration number is CH38931. GeorgiaUpon request, NCA will provide a full and fair description of this and its other programs, and a financial statement or summary. MarylandA copy of NCA's current financial statement is available on request to [NCA’s name, address, and telephone number]. For the cost of copies and postage, registration documents, and other information are available from the Maryland Secretary of State. Minnesota100 percent of your gift may be deducted as a charitable contribution under Federal and state income tax laws. MississippiThe official registration and financial information of NCA may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement. New JerseyINFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: Upon request, a copy of NCA’s last annual report filed with the Attorney General is available from NCA or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, Department of State, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271. North CarolinaFinancial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (888) 830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the state. PennsylvaniaThe official registration and financial information of NCA may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. VirginiaA financial statement is available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services upon request. WashingtonThe registration statement required by the Charitable Solicitation Act is on file with the Secretary of State. Additional information can be obtained by calling 1-800-332-4483. West VirginiaWest Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.

 

NCA Annual Fund

As we celebrate the National Communication Association’s many recent and past accomplishments, we remember the tireless dedication of those speech teachers who daringly proclaimed, just over 100 years ago, the virtue of teaching and studying human communication. Join us as we renew our commitment to fulfill their promise and make real their dream for a vibrant and meaningful NCA, prepared to lead for the next 100 years.

 

Your gift will support the accomplishment of NCA’s important mission:

The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. The NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

 

 

NCA Annual Fund Giving Options

Unrestricted Donation

Support the current top priorities of NCA, whose mission is to advance communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. Learn more about NCA's priorities and current programs.

Restricted Donation

Restricted donations may be made for any of the following six categories:  

  • Student Support 
    • Ensure the success of our next generation with programs such as the Doctoral Honors Seminar, caucus student grants, and the Undergraduate Summer Conference.  
  • Professional Development  
    • Support the professional endeavors of people in our discipline through programs such as the NCA Institute for Faculty Development (Hope Conference), data about the discipline and the Chairs' Summer Institute.
  • Discipline Advocacy 
    • Foster public engagement in communication studies through activities such as public programs, media outreach, and public policy study groups.
  • Teaching Initiatives 
    • Foster excellent teaching in our discipline with resources such as NBC Learn Archives on Demand, sample syllabi, and assessment materials.
  • Research Initiatives 
    • Foster research excellence in our discipline with resources such as Advancing the Discipline competitive grants, the Research and Publication Guide, and Funding 101.  

Planned Giving

Making a planned gift through your estate is one of the most meaningful ways to support the future success of the discipline. 

  • Beneficiary Designations 
    • The easiest way to include NCA in your estate plans is to list NCA as a beneficiary or co-beneficiary of a retirement savings account or life insurance policy. Whether you leave 1 percent or 100 percent, every gift helps ensure the enduring strength of our discipline.
  • Making a Bequest 
    • Making a bequest means including NCA in your trust, will, or estate planning documents.  By clearly reviewing NCA’s Gift Acceptance Policy and articulating your wishes now, you ensure that your gift will be used as you intend. For more information on making a bequest, please email inbox@natcom.org or call 202-464-4622.
  • Recognition  
    • The Legacy Society recognizes donors who share and document their intent to include the National Communication Association as a beneficiary in their bequest plans so that future generations of communication teachers, scholars, and practitioners can benefit from their generosity.

Other Gifts

To donate royalties or make a stock gift, please contact NCA’s Interim Executive Director, Trevor Parry-Giles, at 202-534-1120 or tparrygiles@natcom.org.

Additional Information

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all NCA donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they are given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition and to have the opportunity to keep your gift anonymous, if you desire.
  • To be assured that information about your donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing NCA for fundraising will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
  • To be assured that NCA respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. Your name and personal contact information will not be sold, shared, or otherwise disclosed with/to any other organization, public, private, or non-profit.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

This policy represents the policy of The National Communication Association (NCA) governing the solicitation and acceptance of gifts by NCA.  The provisions in this policy shall apply to all gifts received by NCA. NCA’s Executive Committee reserves the right to revise or revoke this Policy at any time and to make exceptions to the Policy.

The purposes of the policy are to provide guidance for the Executive Committee, staff, and members with respect to their responsibilities concerning gifts to NCA and guidance to prospective donors and their professional advisors when making gifts to NCA. 

1. Overarching Provisions 

NCA may seek and accept charitable donations.  Donations will be acknowledged in compliance with IRS guidelines/regulations.

NCA may actively engage in development activities in accordance with its strategic plan.  The purpose of all fundraising shall be to further the mission of NCA, which is:

The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.  NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.  Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

NCA shall not accept gifts that:

  • Violate the terms of the NCA’s Gift Acceptance Policy;
  • Jeopardize the NCA’s status as a tax-exempt organization under federal or state law;
  • Are too difficult or expensive to administer;
  • Are for purposes that do not further the NCA’s objectives; or
  • Could damage the reputation of the NCA.

2. Considerations for Specific Forms of Gifts 

Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards 

NCA will accept gifts paid by cash, check (made payable to NCA), and credit card.

Marketable Securities 

NCA will accept gifts of publicly-traded securities.  Publicly-traded securities may be transferred to an account maintained by NCA at one or more brokerage firms or delivered physically with the transferor’s signature or stock power attached.  Publicly-traded securities shall normally be sold as soon as practical following receipt. 

 Bequests 

Donors may make bequests to NCA under their wills and trusts.  A bequest will not be recorded as a gift until the gift is irrevocable.  When the gift is irrevocable, it will be recorded in accordance with GAAP. 

 Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations 

NCA may accept designations as beneficiary of donors’ retirement plans.  A designation will not be recorded as a gift until the gift is irrevocable.  When the gift is irrevocable, the gift will be recorded in accordance with GAAP.

 Life Insurance 

NCA may accept designations as owner of a life insurance policy.  The life insurance policy will be recorded as a gift once the NCA is named as both beneficiary and irrevocable owner of a life insurance policy.  The gift shall be valued in accordance with GAAP rules.  If the donor contributes future premium payments, the NCA will include the entire amount of the additional premium payment as a gift in the year that it is made.  If the donor does not elect to continue to make gifts to cover premium payments on the life insurance policy, the NCA will surrender the policy for its current cash value.

 Donors may name the NCA as beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of their life insurance policies.  A designation will not be recorded as a gift until the gift is irrevocable.  When the gift is irrevocable, the gift shall be recorded in accordance with GAAP.

Real Estate 

Gifts of real estate may include developed property, undeveloped property, or gifts subject to a prior life interest.  A title binder shall be obtained by NCA prior to the acceptance of the real property gift when appropriate.  The cost of this title binder will be at the expense of the donor.  General policy on real property is to liquidate in a reasonable period of time to avoid liability on NCA assets.  Decisions about whether to accept gifts of real estate shall be based in part on the following factors:

  • Any concerns which an environmental audit reveals—prior to acceptance of real estate, NCA shall require a Phase I environmental review of the property to ensure that the property has no environmental problem.  If the initial inspection reveals a potential problem, NCA shall retain a qualified inspection firm to conduct an environmental audit.  The cost of the audit shall be at the expense of the donor.
  • Whether the property is useful for the purposes of NCA and promotion of the Strategic Plan
  • The marketability of the property
  • Any encumbrances, leases, restrictions, reservations, easements, or other limitations associated with the property
  • Any carrying costs associated with the property, including insurance, property taxes, mortgages, notes or other costs
  • Restriction by the donor to keep and maintain the property, putting undue cost on NCA—NCA will accept a remainder interest in a personal residence, farm, or vacation property subject to the provisions above, allowing the donor or other occupants to continue to occupy the real property for the duration of the stated life.  At the death of the life tenant(s), NCA may use the property or reduce it to cash.  Expenses for maintenance, real estate taxes, and any property indebtedness shall be paid by the donor or primary beneficiary.

 Tangible Personal Property 

Decisions about whether to accept gifts of tangible personal property shall be based in part on the following factors:

  • Whether the property furthers the mission of NCA
  • The marketability of the property
  • The restrictions on the use, display, or sale of the property
  • Carrying costs and possible liability for the property

 Closely-Held Securities 

Securities that are not publicly-traded shall be sold as quickly as possible.  Decisions about whether to accept closely-held securities, including debt and equity positions in non-publicly traded companies, interests in LLPs and LLCs, or other ownership forms, shall be based in part on the following factors: 

  • Restrictions on the security that would prevent NCA from ultimately converting the securities to cash
  • The marketability of the securities
  • Any undesirable consequences for NCA from accepting the securities

 Charitable Remainder Trusts 

NCA may accept designations as remainder beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust.  NCA may accept appointment as trustee of a charitable remainder trust

 Charitable Lead Trusts 

NCA may accept designations as income beneficiary of a charitable lead trust.  NCA may accept an appointment as trustee of a charitable lead trust.

 Charitable Gift Annuities 

NCA does not have the option of Charitable Gift Annuities.

3.  Tax Deductions 

  • The donor is responsible for substantiating the amount claimed as a deduction for federal and state income, gift, and estate tax purposes.  This includes, when necessary, timely obtaining a “qualified appraisal.” See IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property.
  • NCA will assist the donor by providing reasonable assistance and information, and when required, signing an appropriately completed IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions.
  • NCA will provide each donor with a written receipt or other acknowledgement of the donor’s gift that, to the extent possible, complies with the then-existing requirements of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations regarding substantiation of charitable contributions.
  • In acknowledging the receipt of any noncash gift, NCA will accurately describe any restrictions to which the property is subject, and will not indicate any monetary value attributable to the gift.
  • When required, NCA will timely file IRS Form 8282, Donee Information Return, to report the sale or other disposition of certain property within three years after its receipt.

4. Additional Provisions 

  • Gift Agreements—Any gift of $5,000 or more with restrictions shall require a written gift agreement with the donor that specifies the terms of the gift, which may include provisions regarding donor recognition.
  • Pledge Agreements—Acceptance by NCA of pledges by donors for future support shall be contingent upon the execution and fulfillment of a written charitable pledge agreement specifying the terms of the pledge which may include provisions regarding donor recognition.
  • Fees—NCA will not accept a gift unless the donor is responsible for (1) the fees of independent legal counsel retained by donor for completing the gift; (2) appraisal fees; (3) environmental audits and title binders; and (4) all other third-party fees associated with the transfer of the gift to NCA.
  • Valuation of Gifts—NCA shall record gifts received at their valuation on the date of gift.  When a gift is irrevocable but is not due until a future date, the gift will be recorded at the time the gift becomes irrevocable in accordance with GAAP.
  • Restrictions on Sale—NCA will not normally accept gifts of noncash property that expressly or practically prevent NCA from selling or otherwise disposing of the property less than three (3) years after its receipt by NCA.
  • Restricted Donations—Restricted gifts for activities that are already underway will generally be accepted.  Restricted donations for new activities of less than $5,000 may be accepted provided that the activity aligns with the mission of the association and does not require additional resources in order to achieve the intended outcome.
  • Named Endowed Funds—A donor may contribute and name a fund and restrict the use of the income or principal of the fund.  Named funds require a minimum contribution of $25,000.  Distributions from the fund will begin between twelve and twenty three months after the gift is made in full, depending on the month of the fiscal year at the time the gift is made.  The trustee for an open endowed fund will be the Awards TrusteeCommittee of NCA. 
  • Written Acknowledgement—NCA shall provide written acknowledgement of all gifts made to NCA and comply with the current IRS requirements in acknowledgement of the gifts.

5.   Fundraising Authority 

To ensure that all fundraising efforts on behalf of NCA conform with legal, financial, and other external requirements as well as the priorities of NCA’s strategic plan: 

No interest group, other subgroup of NCA, or individual member may engage in any development activities without prior approval. 

The Executive Director may grant approval to solicit funds of $5,000 or less from a company or organization.  For solicitations of more than $5,000 from a company or organization, approval must be granted by the Executive Committee. 

The Executive Director may grant approval to solicit funds from individuals for an event or project requiring a campaign of $2,500 or less.  For events or projects requiring more than $2,500 of combined individual contributions, approval must be granted by the Executive Committee. 

If an interest group, other subgroup of NCA, or individual member is given approval to engage in a development activity, a standard set of requirements for implementation will be followed. 

If an interest group, other subgroup of NCA, or individual member is offered funds for an NCA-related activity by an individual or an organization without any solicitations, the Executive Director must give approval before the funds can be received.  Approval will be based on adherence to the NCA Gift Acceptance Policy.

6.   Implementation of this policy 

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing this policy.  The Executive Director will bring the following decisions to the Executive Committee for review:

  • Acceptance of gifts of real estate;
  • Acceptance of gifts of tangible personal property of over $5,000;
  • Acceptance of restricted gifts of over $5,000 for new activities;
  • Acceptance of gifts of over $5,000 that are ambiguous with respect to conformity with this policy;
  • Acceptance of gifts of over $5,000 that are exceptions to this policy;
  • Anything else at the Executive Director’s discretion.

NCA shall seek the advice of legal counsel in matters relating to acceptance of gifts when appropriate. Review by legal counsel is recommended for:

  • Closely held stock transfers that are subject to restrictions or buy-sell agreements;
  • Documents naming NCA as trustee;
  • Gifts involving contracts such as bargain sales, partnership agreements, or other documents requiring the NCA to assume an obligation;
  • Transactions with a potential conflict of interest;
  • Gifts of real estate;
  • Pledge agreements with special requests for recognition or fulfillment; and
  • Charitable lead and remainder trusts.

In order to avoid potential conflicts of interest, for non-standard gifts NCA should encourage prospective donors to seek the assistance of their own legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts and the resulting tax and estate planning consequences.

Approved by the Executive Committee February 2013; Revised September 2013Revised February 2015

National Communication Association (NCA) is a §501(c)(3) organization, gifts to which are deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

CaliforniaNCA's audited financial statement is available upon request to NCA. 100 percent of your gift may be deducted under Federal and State income tax laws. Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. NCA’s registration number is CH38931. GeorgiaUpon request, NCA will provide a full and fair description of this and its other programs, and a financial statement or summary. MarylandA copy of NCA's current financial statement is available on request to [NCA’s name, address, and telephone number]. For the cost of copies and postage, registration documents, and other information are available from the Maryland Secretary of State. Minnesota100 percent of your gift may be deducted as a charitable contribution under Federal and state income tax laws. MississippiThe official registration and financial information of NCA may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement. New JerseyINFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: Upon request, a copy of NCA’s last annual report filed with the Attorney General is available from NCA or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, Department of State, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271. North CarolinaFinancial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (888) 830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the state. PennsylvaniaThe official registration and financial information of NCA may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. VirginiaA financial statement is available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services upon request. WashingtonThe registration statement required by the Charitable Solicitation Act is on file with the Secretary of State. Additional information can be obtained by calling 1-800-332-4483. West VirginiaWest Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.

 

Annual Fund Donors 2016-2017

We are pleased to recognize the generosity of donors to our Annual Fund. At the end of each fiscal year, we update our online list of donors, and Annual Fund donors are recognized each September in Spectra magazine.

Founders Society

Leader ($2,500-$4,999)

  • Steven A. and Susan Beebe

Ambassador ($1,000-$2,499)

  • Stephen J. Hartnett & Lisa B. Keränen
  • Thomas K. Nakayama
  • Kent Ono & Sarah Projansky
  • Paaige K. Turner & Robert L. Krizek
  • David Zarefsky

Friends Society

Visionary ($500-$999) 

  • Bonnie Dow & John Sloop
  • Mark and Cerilyn Fernando
  • Wendy Fernando
  • Kim Griffin
  • Trevor Parry-Giles
  • Judith S. Trent

Steward ($250-$499) 

  • Arlie Daniel
  • D. Robert DeChaine
  • Dorothy Ige Campbell
  • Mindy Fenske
  • Mary L. Kahl
  • Star Muir
  • Orlando L. Taylor

Colleague ($100-$249)

  • Christina S. Beck
  • Teresa Bergman
  • Ronald L. Jackson II
  • Irwin Mallin
  • Rod McVetta
  • Marnel Niles Goins
  • Ryan Pumroy
  • Ronald Shields

Supporter (up to $49)

  • Scott A. Myers

Why Give?

"I give to NCA as an investment in future scholars – it is about people, the next generation." - Annette Madlock Gatison


"I give to NCA because it's work has been enormously successful in advancing the discipline, and effective in supporting current and future 'stewards' of the discipline." - Orlando L. Taylor, 1999 NCA President


"I give to NCA because the Annual Fund constitutes a vital investment in our future as a discipline. Through our time, service, and scholarship, NCA members implicitly and collaboratively shape our community of scholars. We are all part of the association’s rich history and traditions by virtue of our involvement as members. Giving to the Annual Fund enables us to invest in NCA in still another important way. Through financial gifts to the Annual Fund, we enhance the association’s ability to develop important resources, foster professional development, and advance awareness of the communication discipline." - Christina S. Beck, 2016 NCA President


"I give to NCA because, as the largest professional academic communication organization in the world, it provides essential support to faculty and students to enhance their teaching, research, and service missions." - Steven A. Beebe, 2013 NCA President


"I give to NCA because of what NCA has given to me: A place where I have been able to develop and hone my research and teaching skills, get involved in governance, and cultivate relationships with cool, interesting, and vibrant people." - Scott A. Myers

 
 

NCA Giving Societies

 

The Friends Society

Supporter ($25 to $49)
Sustainer ($50 to $99)
Colleague ($100 to $249)
Steward ($250 to $499)
Visionary ($500 to $999)

 

The Founders Society

Ambassador ($1,000 to $2,499)
Leader ($2,500 to $4,999)
Patron ($5,000 to $9,999)
Pacesetter ($10,000 to $24,999)
Benefactor ($25,000 to $99,999)