NAESP Foundation

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Our Mission

The NAESP Foundation advances excellence, innovation, and equity in schools by endowing leadership and learning for principals for the benefit of all children.


The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, founded 1982, is operated as the tax-exempt, charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals—a professional association serving more than 25,000 administrators and other educators in the United States and overseas since 1921.

What We Do

The NAESP Foundation takes an innovative approach to funding and partnerships. We work cooperatively with businesses, universities, government agencies, and foundations to ensure that principals have the tools, resources and recognition they need to succeed.

The NAESP Foundation is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization.


L. Earl Franks, Foundation President
    Jennifer Shannon, Director, Governance Services  x286

Foundation Consultant
Richard Barbacane, Liaison with Dept. of State Office of Overseas Schools (p.t.) (cross-team)


L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

NAESP Headquarters
Alexandria, Virginia

Vice President

Kimbrelle Barbosa Lewis

Kimbrelle Barbosa Lewis

Cordova Elementary School
Cordova, Tennessee


Paul Wenger

Jordan Creek Elementary School
West Des Moines, Iowa


Dave Steckler

Dave Steckler

Red Trail Elementary School
Mandan, North Dakota

Charles Steward Mott FoundationCharles Stewart Mott Foundation

NAESP, with support from the Mott Foundation, is developing an interactive Afterschool and Summer Learning web-based portal to be released early 2018. This platform will feature a variety of tools and resources to help principals and other school leaders develop their capacity for integrating quality afterschool and summer learning resources for children and youth.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation In partnership with the Kellogg Foundation, NAESP is piloting a job-embedded blended learning experience through the Pre-K-3 Leadership Academy. This cohort-based professional learning opportunity is aligned to the NAESP publication Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice. The first pilot is being implemented in Alabama with plans to expand to other states in the future.

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation School leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning, according to research. NAESP partners with The Wallace Foundation to disseminate research-based insights into school leadership and how to improve our nation’s public schools, especially those serving the children with the fewest advantages in life.

Ways to Give

If you would like to support NAESP Foundation’s mission to recognize, inspire, and support principals you may donate by mail, or by phone at 1-800-386-2377.

If by mail, use address:

1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Your tax-deductible gift helps advance the profession for elementary and middle level principals.

If your company would like to partner with us, call us at 1-800-386-2377 or send an e-mail to Earl Franks, Foundation President at