The National Association of Elementary School Principals is dedicated to providing the support necessary for today’s and tomorrow’s principals to be better leaders. By strengthening principals, we are helping to strengthen America’s schools.  The NAESP Foundation supports the work of NAESP and our state affiliates by:

  • Providing services and resources with funding from corporate partners such as ING, Landscape Structures, Hazelden, Lifetouch, NOVA Southeastern University, and the Houston Endowment, to help elementary and middle level principals in their leadership roles

  • Providing funding for initiatives such as The New Learning Day, supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Sharing the Dream grants, supported by The MetLife Foundation, enable students to reach their highest potential

  • Providing recognition programs such as the National Distinguished Principals , supported by VALIC, and Blue Ribbon Schools programs that honor principals who promote excellence in our nation’s pre-K-8 schools

To accomplish this mission, the NAESP Foundation works with individual and corporate supports to invest funds in educational and innovative services to strengthen and sustain the future of public education.

With NAESP’s recent efforts in transforming the work we do for principals, we’re confident that the coming years promise to be exciting for both principals and NAESP.  We invite you to partner with us to inspire excellence today and for generations to come.

Awards and Recogntion

NAESP honors principals and their schools and promotes the critical role of the principalship through the National Distinguished Principals program and the Blue Ribbon Schools program.

Student leaders are recognized through the National Honor Council Excellence Award.


NAESP is dedicated to ensuring that members can turn to the Association for resources on developing communities of learners and ultimately advancing opportunities for students to achieve their highest potential.  The Sharing the Dream Grant competition gives principals the opportunity to develop and fund community engagement projects to strengthen schools and their communities.

Other Support

Funding for other Foundation Initiatives comes from corporate partners committed to helping the emotional, physical, and academic well-being of all children.  

NAESP Foundation Corporate Partners: