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What is the NASE Foundation?

The NASE Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is the philanthropic arm of the National Association for the Self-Employed, the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses. Since 1981, the NASE has focused on providing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs and their small businesses successfully complete in an increasingly competitive marketplace, and to drive the growth of this vital segment of the American economy.

How many members does the NASE have?

The NASE has approximately 50,000 dues paying members, representing around 150,000 business owners, their employees, and their families.

Who are NASE members?

Our members are business owners with fewer than 10 employees. Since 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States are small businesses, with three-fourths representing the self-employed, we represent the majority of the American business community.

What programs does the NASE Foundation Support?

The NASE Foundation operates within three main program areas: scholarships, awards and grants; business skills education; and micro-business research.

How is the NASE Foundation funded?

The Foundation is funded through the NASE, with support from corporations, businesses, foundations, and individuals.

Why is the NASE Foundation seeking private funds?

While the NASE Foundation’s programs are supported by the NASE, with additional funding we will have the financial resources to expand our programs to benefit more entrepreneurs.

How does the NASE Foundation differ from other business association foundations?

The NASE is the only association to focus exclusively on the needs of businesses with ten employees or fewer, or "micro-businesses." With the knowledge and understanding that comes from focusing on this unique segment for over three decades, the NASE is in an ideal position to provide the education and support that these business owners need.