Fiscal Years 2010/2011 - Present

Fiscal Year 2016/2017

  • Professional Development grants totaling $12,000 were provided to state and regional associations for conference education.
  • 99 grants for CAMEX/CCRA 2017 in Salt Lake City were awarded by the NACS Foundation through the generosity of 49 business partners. However, with travel restrictions and other extenuating circumstances, only 93 grant recipients were actually able to travel to the conference, totaling $70,493.
  • The annual online auction was held once again raising $35,203 in gross revenue with 172 package donations from 70 companies and/or individuals.  Of those donors, 13 were new partners to the auction.  For the first time, every item in the auction sold!
  • Through the Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grant program, 82 individual grants were secured from 49 vendors for a total of $48,600. 
  • 2017 marked the fourth year that the NACS Foundation sponsored all of the CAMEX educational sessions.
  • The Foundation also sponsored five grants to the first Textbook Affordability Conference entirely organized by NACS with any remaining funds used to support the TAC programming.
  • The State and Regional leadership conference, attached to the Textbook Affordability Conference, was underwritten by the NACS Foundation.
  • Almost $10,000 was raised from Foundation fundraisers held by volunteers at 11 State/Regional meetings.
  • 458 NACS members benefited from five free webinars which were provided through NACS Foundation funding.
  • All grants budgeted for online courses were awarded and utilized.
  • Funded by the NACS Foundation, The Student Watch™ study, conducted twice a year, contains vital, industry-specific research that offers new insights into the college student consumer and other campus trends.  
  • NACS Foundation, for the fourth consecutive year, with the support Nebraska Book Company funded the Leadership Institute for 25 emerging collegiate retailing professionals. For the second consecutive year, this program scored a 4.96 (out of 5.00) for overall satisfaction.
  • Colorado State University Bookstore received the Collegiate Retailer of the Year award during CAMEX 2017.  The CSU Bookstore was chosen for the many partnerships and collaborations the store had established with campus departments and organizations, as well as in the community.  Among those is a “School is Cool” program that furnishes school supplies to local K-12 students.  They are also committed to ensure affordability and student access to course materials, taking advantage of dynamic pricing, inclusive access, alternative formats, and a strong buyback program to reduce costs and provide options.  Last year, the store saved CSU students $5 million on their course materials.  This biennial award for collegiate retailing excellence is funded through the Tommye and Keith Miller endowment with a prize of $5,000 awarded to the winner. 
  • The NACS Foundation board of directors presented the NACS Foundation Distinguished Service Award to Brian E. Cartier, CAE during their May board meeting. The award recognizes devotion, service and visionary leadership given to the Foundation.  In addition, the award was renamed the Brian E. Cartier Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to NACS and in celebration of his retirement.
  • For the fifth year, the Foundation participated in the Macy’s Shop For A Cause fundraiser. There were several grassroots fundraisers as a result of challenges by volunteer leaders including the World Series when the Cleveland Indians played the Chicago Cubs. Either way, the Foundation was the big winner with all proceeds from these fundraisers benefited the Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign!
  • During CAMEX 2017, two main fundraising activities were conducted which generated $12,615 for the Building A Better Tomorrow campaign. For the ninth year, the flame pin, donated by Herff Jones, was the center of the CAMEX fundraiser. It was once again held with five Money Tree raffles for a total value of $5,000 donated by Nebraska Book Company.  New this year, a Step Challenge fundraiser which helped participants raise $520 as they “Rocked the Salt (Palace)” during the trade show.
  • The Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign, which was announced and the public phase launched at CAMEX 2012, came to a close at CAMEX 2017 and the end of the NACS fiscal year on March 31.  Over the course of the five year campaign, $1,309,115 was raised.

Fiscal Year 2015/2016

  • Professional Development grants totaling $12,000 were provided to state and regional associations for conference education.
  • Foundation awarded 138 grants for CAMEX/CCRA 2016 in Houston and with travel restrictions and some attrition, only 134 grant recipients were actually able to travel to the conference, totaling $92,503.
  • The annual online auction was held once again raising $38,302 in gross revenue with 225 package donations from 91 companies and/or individuals.
  • Through the Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grant program, 95 individual grants were secured from 53 vendors and another 3 grants were provided by the 2015 Phonathon team through an independent fundraiser for a total of $58,800.
  • For the third consecutive year, the NACS Foundation sponsored all of CAMEX education with 75 sessions offered.
  • More than 534 NACS members benefited from six free webinars which were provided through NACS Foundation underwriting.
  • Changes were made to the Student Watch program which now fields twice a year (October and February) and the focus and name of the report is Student Watch: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials. In addition, the Foundation underwrites OnCampus Research’s monthly shopping report which more effectively tracks student purchasing trends through a panel of 14,000 students on 1,100 campuses. The Foundation again funded more than $43,000 to make this valuable information available to NACS members at a discounted rate.
  • NACS Foundation with the support Nebraska Book Company for the third successive year funded the Leadership Institute for 25 emerging collegiate retailing professionals.
  • The Foundation funded research project, Mapping the Digital Course Materials Ecosystem, was finalized. A summary of the significant findings were presented to 2015 fall state and regional conference attendees. The complete white paper, related reports and actions to consider are available to members in an online webhosted format.
  • The winner of the Innovation Achievement Award was announced during CAMEX 2016. UC Davis Stores received this prestigious honor for their work on a new “inclusive access” model for course materials. This biennial award is funded through the Martin D. Levine endowment with a prize of $5,000 awarded to the winner.
  • The NACS Foundation Distinguished Service Award was presented to Anthony Martin, Director of Houston Baptist University Bookstore and 2015-2016 NACS Board President. The award recognizes devotion, service and visionary leadership given to the Foundation and was presented to Anthony during CAMEX 2016.
  • In an effort to engage NACS Inc. staff, the Foundation conducted internal fundraisers including Macy’s Shop For A Cause and Lorenzo’s The Beautiful Flame” Pizza event. All proceeds benefited the Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign with $1,170 being raised from these events.
  • Two main fundraising activities were conducted during CAMEX 2016 which generated $12,577 for the Building A Better Tomorrow campaign. These included the annual Flame Pin promotion combined with three Money Tree raffles for a total value of $5,000 donated by vendor partners and a Dine Around Houston event from which five participating restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds from CAMEX attendees to the Foundation.
  • The Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign was announced and the public phase launched at CAMEX 2012. At the close of FY2015-2016, $1,264,577 had been raised.
  • The Foundation launched a new online peer-to-peer fundraising platform in order to solicit donations from industry friends and colleagues. Through this medium, the online annual fund campaign entitled Painting a Brighter Tomorrow was launched using an online format for the very first time. Additionally, three independent fundraisers were also conducted using the new crowfundraising tool. NACS Foundation President, Melanie Sparks, CCR issued a challenge to board members and colleagues, Ben Eisenstein hosted a Pay It Forward fundraiser and a special fundraiser honoring Brian Cartier’s retirement from the industry was also held. Through these combined fundraising efforts, a total of $5,282 was raised for the annual fund.
  • Professional Development grants totaling $12,000 were provided to state and regional associations for conference education.
  • Foundation awarded 145 grants for CAMEX/CCRA 2015 in Atlanta and with travel restrictions and some attrition, only 128 grant recipients were actually able to travel to the conference, totaling $98,933.
  • The annual online auction was held once again raising $45,381 in gross revenue with 147 package donations from 67 companies.
  • Through the Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grant program, record-breaking106 individual grants were secured from 59 vendors for a total of $63,600.
  • For the second consecutive year, the NACS Foundation sponsored all of CAMEX education with almost 80 sessions offered.
  • More than three hundred NACS members benefited from five free webinars which were provided through NACS Foundation underwriting.
  • Changes were made to the Student Watch program which now fields twice a year (October and February) and the focus and name of the report is Student Watch: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials. In addition, the Foundation underwrites OnCampus Research’s monthly shopping report which more effectively tracks student purchasing trends through a panel of 14,000 students on 1,100 campuses. The Foundation again funded more than $43,000 to make this valuable information available to NACS members at a discounted rate.
  • NACS Foundation with the support Nebraska Book Company/Neebo for the second successive year funded the Leadership Institute for 26 emerging collegiate retailing professionals.
  • A new initiative, the Digital Content Product Institute was partially underwritten by the NACS Foundation.  Held in Oberlin in the summer of 2014, this educational offering brought together five major publishers to assist college store and course materials managers learn about digital content and learning platform products adopted by faculty and used by students so that the store can provide value to both groups.
  • The Foundation funded a major research project, Mapping the Digital Course Materials Ecosystem.  At the end of the fiscal year, this project was in its final stages as the author, Richard Katz, completed the final deliverables.  His findings to date were featured in a Thought Leader session at CAMEX 2015 and during a recent webinar.        
  • The Foundation through the support of Follett Higher Education Group, helped to fund The HUB, NACS’ social networking platform with almost 175,000 log-ins.
  • The winner of the Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award was announced during CAMEX 2015.  University of Colorado Book Store, UC Boulder received this prestigious honor. This biennial award is funded through the Tommye and Keith Miller endowment with a prize of $5,000 awarded to the winner.
  • In an effort to engage NACS Inc. staff, the Foundation conducted several internal fundraisers including Macy’s Shop For A Cause, Lorenzo’s “The Beautiful Flame” Pizza event, Orchid Express, a Silent Auction of donated products, and a Valentine’s social with Oberlin businesses offering gifts cards and products for prizes. All proceeds benefited the Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign with  $2,406 being raised from these events.
  • Several fundraising activities were conducted during CAMEX 2015 which generated almost $23,000 for the Building A Better Tomorrow campaign. These included the annual Flame Pin promotion combined with three Money Tree raffles for a total value of $1200 donated by vendor partners, a Silent Auction held on the trade show floor and a Dine Around Atlanta event from which 17 restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds from CAMEX attendees to the Foundation.
  • The Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign was announced and the public phase launched at CAMEX 2012. At the close of FY2014-2015, $1,213,749 had been raised.
  • Professional Development grants totaling $11,000 were provided to state and regional associations for conference education.
  • Foundation awarded166 grants for CAMEX/CCRA 2014 in Dallas and with travel restrictions and some attrition, only 146 grant recipients accepted with only 142 grantees actually able to travel to the conference, totaling $104,074.
  •  The annual online auction was held once again raising $52,181 in gross revenue with 209 package donations from 95 companies.
  • Through the Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grant program, 95 individual grants were secured from 49 vendors for a total of $57,000.
  • For the first year, the NACS Foundation sponsored all of CAMEX education with more than 70 sessions offered.
  • More than 470 NACS members benefited from six free webinars which were provided through NACS Foundation underwriting.
  • Changes were made to the Student Watch program which now fields twice a year (October and February) and the focus and name of the report is Student Watch: Student Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials. In addition, the Foundation underwrites OnCampus Research’s monthly shopping report which more effectively tracks student purchasing trends through a panel of 18,000 students on 1,100 campuses. The Foundation again funded more than $34,000 to make this valuable information available to NACS members at a discounted rate. 
  • NACS Foundation with the support Nebraska Book Company/Neebo funded the inaugural Leadership Institute for 25 emerging collegiate retailing professionals.
  • For the third consecutive year, the Foundation through the support of Follett Higher Education Group, helped to fund The HUB, NACS ‘ social networking platform with more than 100,000 log-ins.
  • The winner of the Innovation Achievement Award was announced during CAMEX 2014. UC Davis Storesreceived this prestigious honor for their “Smart Start” program submission. This biennial award is funded through the Martin D. Levine endowment with a prize of $5,000 awarded to the winner.
  • In an effort to engage NACS Inc. staff, the Foundation conducted several internal fundraisers including Macy’s Shop For A Cause, Lorenzo’s “The Beautiful Flame” Pizza event, Ella’s Awesome Mac ‘n Cheese, Weia Teia Wednesday and Tooo Chinoise Tuesday with all proceeds benefitting the Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign. From these efforts, $1,409 was raised.
  • Several fundraising activities were conducted during CAMEX 2014 which generated almost $15,000 for the Building A Better Tomorrow campaign. These included the annual Flame Pin promotion combined with a $500 Money Tree raffle donated by vendor partners, a Silent Auction held on the trade show floor and a Dine Around Dallas event which 10 restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds from CAMEX attendees to the Foundation.
  • The Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign was announced and the public phase launched at CAMEX 2012. At the close of FY2013-2014, $1,175,000 had been raised thus far—representing nearly 79% of goal.
  • Professional Development grants totaling $12,000 were provided to state and regional associations for conference education. 
  • Foundation provided 143 grants for CAMEX/CCRA 2013 in Kansas City and with travel restrictions and some attrition, only 127 grants awarded.  Due to weather related issues, only 111 grantees were able to travel to the conference, totaling $114,031.57.    
  • The annual online auction was held once again raising $48,000 in gross revenue with 181 package donations from 77 companies. 
  • Through the Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grant program, 78 individual grants were secured from 42 vendors for a total of $46,800.
  • Student Watch 2012 report – Student Watch 2012: Student Attitudes and Perceptions: Linking Course Materials to the Connected College Student was conducted.  The Foundation again funded more than $15,000 to make this valuable information available to NACS members at a discounted rate.  The sale of the report generated $6,577 in total revenue. 
  • The NACS Foundation again supported the 2012/2013 Salary and Benefits Survey/Report. This is a biennial report.
  • NACS Foundation and NACS hosted a Campus Retailing Futures Think Tank in July 2012.  This invitational event brought together forward-thinking minds with a well-known strategist which identified plausible future scenarios for the industry from 2016-2022 and beyond.  The NACS Strategic Plan was refreshed to reflect the outcomes of this critical exercise.
  • The Foundation through the support of Follett Higher Education Group, helped to launch The HUB, NACS new social networking platform in the Fall of 2012.
  • The winner for the Collegiate Retailer of the Year award was announced during CAMEX 2013.   The Forty-Niner Shops Bookstore at California State University, Long Beach received this prestigious honor. This biennial award is funded through the Tommye and Keith Miller endowment with a prize of $5000 awarded to the winner.  Eighteen other worthy recipients were recognized in the 2013 CROY “Honor Roll”. 
  • In an effort to engage NACS Inc. staff, the Foundation conducted several internal fundraisers including Macy’s Shop For A Cause, Weia Teia Wednesday and Tooo Chinoise Tuesday with all proceeds benefitting the Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign. From these efforts, nearly $650 was raised.
  • Several fundraising activities were conducted at CAMEX 2013 which generated more than $7,400 for the BBT campaign. These included the annual Flame Pin promotion—which for the 30th Anniversary, a $30 donation was suggested—and Pocket Change which was a jar placed at the Opportunity Hub which provided folks an opportunity to donate loose change. Additionally, Board members Steve Bartek and Tom Hoffa presented challenges to their peers to raise funds which resulted in the Bartek “Buzz” and Headstand Hoffa.
  • The Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign was announced and the public phase launched at CAMEX 2012.  At the close of FY2012-2013, $1,113,767 had been raised thus far—representing nearly 75% of goal.
  • New to CAMEX this year were 60 student Trendspotters which were funded by the Foundation.
  • In honor of the Foundation’s thirtieth year of service to the collegiate retailing industry, a special commemorative logo was created which symbolized this important year.  In addition, an anniversary celebration reception was also held during CAMEX in Kansas City to join together past donors, vendor partners, grant recipients and to also install the new Foundation board for fiscal year 2014.
  • Professional Development grants totaling $9,599.49 were distributed for attendance at NACS education programs and conferences.
  • 143 individuals received grants to attend CAMEX 2012 in Salt Lake City which totaled $123,071. 
  • Foundation supported CCRA 2012 conference with $7,584 in underwriting for educational events and $5,860 in grants to bring individuals to Salt Lake City for the event. 
  • The 23rd annual Silent Auction was held in an online format raising $37,205 in gross revenue with 144 package donations from  61 companies.  The Foundation once again partnered with NACS Marketing/Ad Sales to host an onsite auction in the booth during CAMEX 2012 raising $2,275.
  • Student Watch 2011 report – Retail Edge:  Insights Into Your Core Consumer on Campus was conducted.  The Foundation again funded more than $15,000 to make this valuable information available to NACS members at a discounted rate.  The sale of the report generated $9,429 in total revenue. 
  • For the first time since the awards inception, three winners were selected for the Foundation’s Innovation Achievement Award. The winners: Anne Arundel Community College for their Mobile Technology Initiative, the Campus Bookstore at Queen’s University for their Google eBooks Integration, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Bookstore for their Student Ambassador program, were all presented their awards and a $2,000 cash prize at CAMEX 2012.
  • The NACS Foundation’s fourth Annual Fund raised $10,095. 
  • Building A Better Tomorrow Major Gifts Campaign launched with the Inner Family/silent phase and completed successfully with 100% participation from all NACS Inc. boards including Partnership, NACS Media Solutions, NACSCORP, NACS Foundation as well as the entire Senior Staff.  The campaign was announced during CAMEX 2012 to kick-off the public phase.  This is the largest fundraising endeavor in recent history with an adjusted goal of $1.5M over five years.  At end of FY2011-2012, $493,476 was raised thus far. 
  • Professional Development grants totaling $17,775 were distributed for attendance at NACS education programs and conferences with an additional $7,037 to bring NACS education programming to state and regional college store associations.
  • 85 individuals received grants to attend CAMEX 2009 in Anaheim valued at $85,850.
  • The Foundation supported the CCRA 10 conference with $13,030 in funding. 
  • The 21st annual Silent Auction was hosted online again this year raising $26,347 with 224 packages donated from 99 companies. 
  • The NACS Foundation Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jim Haemker, director of the Luther Book Shop and Union Services at Luther College, Decorah, IA.
  • The Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award (CROY) was born from the passion and vision of Tommye and Keith Miller. Through their generous gift of $100,000, a restricted endowment was established to fund this biennial award. Through an application, submission and judging process, CROY will recognize the highest level of collegiate retailing excellence in the industry.
  • Red Deer College Bookstore, Alberta, Canada won the 2010 Innovation Achievement Award for its “The Scholarship’s in the Bag” initiative. A $5,000 award was presented to the store at CAMEX.
  • Student Watch 2009 report- Shopping Habits: Confessions of College Student Consumers was conducted. The Foundation again funded more than $17,000 to make this valuable information available to NACS members at a discounted rate.
  • $300,000 was invested to partner with Retail Forward, a Kantar Retail Company, to “research, define, and promulgate the college store of 2015.”
  • The NACS Foundation sponsored three Research in Action Webcasts attracting 610 attendees. Funding in the amount of $3,658 made these free opportunities available for members.
  • The NACS Foundation’s second Annual Fund came in at 146% of its $25,000 goal with a grand total of $37,376 raised.
  • The Flame Pin promotion at CAMEX in support of the Annual Fund generated $8,795.