Founded in 1994, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.
The most compelling interest of the ACPA Foundation is the preparation of students for leadership roles in society. The essential work of the ACPA Foundation is to seek philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development, and leadership programs, as well as its own related initiatives. Such initiatives may focus specifically on students or on student affairs professionals.