The PRSA Foundation, an independent, 50l (c) 3 charitable foundation, works to attract and support a diverse range of outstanding student talent in the public relations profession.
The Foundation raises funds to fuel the passion, dreams and futures of a diverse range of ambitious and promising students by:
- supporting programs that attract them to public relations; and,
- developing their capacity to bring the PR perspective to the organizations they serve and to society.
(PRSA Foundation 2012 Audit and Form 990)
The Foundation supports programs that make students better prepared to contribute at a higher level by giving them a better education.
- 2009: $20,000 grant to the Commission on Public Relations, working with the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management, to enhance professional standards by identifying how PR is taught around the world, identifying best practices, common and unique methods. Click here to read the report.
- 2010-2011: $21,000 grant to the Commission on Public Relations, working on research on the graduate level to formalize standards for Masters in Public Relations education. Click here to read the report.
The Foundation assists in providing financial support to the next generation of professionals who will help the industry fulfill its role of serving the public good.
- 2009: Completed funding Plank Endowment fund at $100,000 level, largest fund of the Foundation; secured new John D. Graham annual $5,000 scholarship, largest annual individual award.
- 2010: Introduced the Marcia Silverman annual $5,000 award.
- 2011: Introduced the Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship and the first graduate scholarship given by the PRSA Foundation; the Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations.
- 2012: Introduced the fully endowed Ofield Dukes Scholarship Fund.