Fiscal Years 2000/2001 - 2009/2010
  • 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.
  • Professional Development grants totaling $8,191 were distributed for attendance at NACS education programs and conferences with an additional $7,666 to bring NACS education programming to state and regional college store associations.
  • 75 individuals received grants to attend CAMEX 2009 in Anaheim valued at $51,400.
  • The Foundation supported the CCRA 09 conference with more than $4,400 designated for grant funding and conference sponsorship.
  • The 20th annual Silent Auction was hosted online this year with 216 packages donated from 84 companies and net proceeds of $43,543.
  • The NACS Foundation Distinguished Service Award was presented to Peggy Falgien, CCR, retired director, University Bookstore, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
  • The NACS Foundation sponsored four Catalyst Discussion Forums at CAMEX.
  • The NACS Foundation sponsored three Research in Action Webcasts attracting 709 attendees. Funding in the amount of $10,000 made these free opportunities available for members.
  • Student Watch 2008 report- Student Attitudes & Buying Habits Revealed: An In-depth Analysis on Textbooks and Course Materials was sponsored by the Foundation. More than $17,000 was provided in grant funding to make this report available at a discounted rate.
  • The NACS Foundation underwrote more than $15,000 in support of the 2008/2009 Salary and Benefits Survey. The sale of the report generated $4,244 in total revenue.
  • The Foundation’s Annual Fund closed at 444% over its goal of $5,000 raising $21,032. The Campaign was supported 100% by all NACS, Inc. Boards.
  • The Foundation launched the Flame Pin promotion to benefit the Annual Fund during CAMEX. With a gift of $20, individuals received a custom designed Foundation Flame Pin. The goal was $5,000 and more than $10,925 was raised- 219% of goal.
  • The Foundation’s Epic Trust endowment $3,199,983
  • Professional Development grants totaling $26,950 were distributed: 10 CRTS awarded $5,950, 10 CCRA awarded $5,000, 10 Innovate! awarded $2,000, 10 Extreme awarded $2,000, and 10 state and regional program grants awarded $12,000.
  • 50 individuals received Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grants to attend CAMEX 2008 in San Antonio valued at $25,000. 28 companies and 4 individuals sponsored the grant program, an increase of 78% with $25,000 raised, an increase of 70%.
  • The NACS Foundation presented its 2008 Student Watch research project to provide insight’ into today’s college students on textbooks and course materials as a CAMEX 2008 education session: Love Em’ or Leave Em’. More than 100 attendees participated in the session with 15 pre-sale orders received, the highest to date.
  • Student Watch 2007 report – Retail Inspiration: Insight to College-Bound Consumers sold 84 copies, an increase of 51%, from the 2005 fall report (sold 43 copies) and raised $7,326. A special, one-time sale price was made possible by a $200 NACS Foundation grant provided to any college or university that wanted to receive this valuable information. The NACS Foundation was proud to underwrite the additional fees to bring this key student customer research to every NACS member. More than $16,000 was provided in grant funding.
  • The NACS Foundation sponsored four Research in Action webcasts. NACS Financial Survey – Improve your Store Operations: 116 live attendance, 33 on-demand attendance; Digital Marketing: 132 live attendance, 41 on-demand attendance; Trend Insights: n/a live attendance, 183 on-demand attendees (highest web cast to date); and the CAMEX 2008 Fashion Show sponsored by MY U in production. The Foundation provided $10,000 in funding to provide this information to the NACS membership.
  • $25,000 in Association Program Grants was provided to support Xtreme, Innovate!, and Open-to-Buy courses for the 2007/08 fiscal year. The two funded Open-to-Buy courses the Foundation funded had more than 50 attendees as class sizes were limited.
  • The Foundation supported the CCRA 07 conference with more than $4,500 in funding as an official sponsor of its conference.
  • The second Innovation Achievement Award was given to Virginia Tech Services, Inc. and two additional honorable mentions were recognized at CAMEX 08.
  • The Foundation’s Epic Trust endowment grew to $4,381,765, an 8.94 percent gain for the year, outperforming the benchmark gain by 4.34 percent by the end of the 2007/2008 fiscal year.
  • The 25th Anniversary campaign Foundation for the Future wraps up with $506,636 in raised revenue, which is 169% over the original budgeted goal of $300,000.
  • $12,000 was presented to Greg Mortenson, director of the Central Asia Institute and author of Three Cups of Tea, at the Book and Author Mega Session at CAMEX 2008. The gift was presented on behalf of the Foundation and the College Store Industry to build a school for girls in Pakistan by the Central Asia Institute.
  • The 19th annual Silent Auction was hosted online this year with 199 packages donated from 93 companies, an increase of 81%. To date the auction has not closed to report on final revenues raised.
  • Opening Night Fiesta activities during CAMEX raised more than $10,000 for the Foundation.
  • CAMEX 08 Raffle ticket program raised $4,130 to support the Epic Trust.
  • Professional development and program grants totaling $33,975 were distributed: 10 CRTS awarded $5,950, 7 CCRA awarded $2,975, 30 ConTEXT awarded $13,050, and 10 state and regional program grants awarded $12,000.
  • Fifty individuals received Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grants to attend CAMEX 2007 in Orlando valued at $25,000. Twenty-five companies sponsored the Bring A Buyer to CAMEX grant program with $17,500 raised.
  • “Establishing Department Inventory Levels” Open-to-buy Session at CAMEX 2007 was brought to NACS members through support of the NACS Foundation. This session supported the primary focus of the foundation strategic plan to support open-to-buy initiatives.
  • The NACS Foundation contracted with Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) to undertake a comprehensive $50,000 research project to provide insight’ into today’s college students, as well as high school students who will be on college campuses in the next few years. The research was presented as a CAMEX 2007 Mega Session. A free web cast of the session is available online.
  • The NACS Foundation sponsored three Research in Action web casts. Student Watch on Textbooks: 197 attendees, 422 replays to-date; TRU Impacts on Campus Stores: 162 attendees, 56 replays to-date; and Retail Inspiration-Insight from Student Leaders and Customers, 32 replays to-date.
  • The launch of the “Taking Campus Retail to the Xtreme!” program was successful with 52 program participants; the Foundation was a $3,000 sponsor.
  • The Martin D. Levine Endowment Fund grew over $70,000 to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship in the industry through a new $5,000 award. San Mateo Community College District Bookstores was recognized. There were six additional honorable mentions recognized at CAMEX 2007.
  • The Foundation’s Epic Trust endowment grew to $4,034,817 by the end of the 2006/2007 fiscal year.
  • The 25th Anniversary campaign Foundation for the Future continues with $459,230 (153% of goal) by the end of the fiscal year.
  • A multimedia presentation was shown at the opening Mega Session at CAMEX highlighting the Foundation’s 25 years of service to the industry.
  • The 18th annual Silent Auction was hosted online this year raising $36,152 with 200 packages donated from 75 companies.
  • College Kids’ Open Mic Night held during CAMEX at the House of Blues gave half of its proceeds to the NACS Foundation. $3,410 was received.
  • To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, the NACS Foundation sold raffle tickets to commemorate 25 years of service to the industry. 442 tickets were sold and raised $9,815 to support the Epic Trust.
  • A DVD of the CAMEX 2005 presentation, “The College Store of the Future”, a research project conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) and funded by the NACS Foundation was sent to all “Full” college store members of the association in July/August 2005.
  • In response to the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita the Foundation established a special Hurricane Relief Fund. A total of $16,525 was raised with $10,000 donated to Habitat for Humanity in appreciation of Jimmy Carter’s 2005 CAMEX appearance; $2,025 to the Louisiana Association of College Stores (on behalf of the Southwest Association of College Store); $1,000 to the Mississippi Association of College Stores; $3,000 to the Scholarship America Disaster Relief Fund to assist displaced college students (on behalf of the National Federation of University Cooperative Association in Japan); $1,000 from Arent Fox; and $500.00 for grant assistance from the Northwest College Bookstore Association. Additionally 12 individuals received special one-time $1000 grants to attend CAMEX 2006 as a part of the Hurricane Relief Program.
  • $7,975 in professional development grants was awarded to 15 individuals to attend Collegiate Retail Training Series (CRTS) education programs sponsored by NACS in 2005/2006.
  • Ten NACS education/Facilitator led education programs were offered at state and regional college store associations through support from the Foundation the 12 grants ($9,977.11) enabled 230 individuals to receive industry specific training.
  • Thirty individuals received CAMEX grants to attend the 2006 NACS annual meeting and Campus Market Expo in Houston,
  • CAMEX 2006 Focus Session speaker, Dan Pink, was brought to members through support of the NACS Foundation. His presentation, “A Whole New Mind” hit directly upon the issues facing college stores as they seek new positions as “Store of the Future.”
  • Student Watch 2005, funded by the Foundation, was conducted on 21 campuses with over 16,000 college students participating enabling a better understanding of college students attitudes towards course materials.
  • “Texas Hold ‘Em” was added as a special fundraising event for the CAMEX 2006 trade show and joined the traditional events (Silent Auction, 5K Fun Run) and a new Party with a Purpose for the convention in Houston.
  • The Martin D. Levine Endowment Fund grew over $70,000 to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship in the industry. Guideline for the award were refined with plans to debut the program in 2006/2007.
  • The Foundation’s Epic Trust endowment grew to $3,650,255 by the end of the 2005/2006 fiscal years.
  • NACS donated $185,000 to the Foundation to support the industry through research and education and hopes to be able to contribute 10% of its UBIT monies in future years.
  • A webcast on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, on college textbook costs was held through support of the NACS Foundation at over 200 sites and reaching over 300 people.
  • The Foundation Board continues to review and update the 03-05 Strategic Plan with current activity and outcomes.
  • In Fall 2004 the Foundation sponsored the 12th report in the StudentWatch research project series. The report is entitled “Understanding College Students: Attitudes Toward Advertising and Promotion, Online Shopping Behavior, Factors in Purchase Decisions. Twenty-one stores participated in the survey. Russell Athletic and Jelly Belly sponsored the survey through InKind donations for distribution to participating students at the various bookstores. An ongoing effort is underway to push the data out to stores through Collegiate MarketWatch articles and presentations.
  • The revised Investment Policy was fully implemented during the year utilizing a manager to oversee the portfolio and a task force to review progress on a monthly basis. The portfolio grew to approximately $3.4 million as of March 2005.
  • The Martin D. Levine Endowment Fund was established in recognition of Martin D. Levine to support an industry award that recognizes innovations and the spirit of entrepreneurship in collegiate retail management. Currently, there are 22 donors who have sponsored and/or contributed $19,500 in funding. The NACS Board has agreed to match contributions made to the endowment 100%, up to $25,000; with an additional contribution from NACS of $25,000.
  • The NACS Foundation awarded $22,205 in CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants for 49 buyers to attend CAMEX in New Orleans.
  • The Foundation provided $13,800 in Professional Development Grants
  • $10,519.83 in funding was awarded for Association Program Grants so that 371 members could participate in NACS educational programming in conjunction with 11 state/regional college store association meetings.
  • The 9th Annual Spirit Shop was be held in New Orleans in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 15th Annual Benefit Celebration featuring musicians Irma Thomas, and Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters was held at Generations Hall in New Orleans in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 16th Annual Auction was held on-site in conjunction with CAMEX in New Orleans, raising funds totaling $33,522.
  • The second Fun Run/Walk was held in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The Foundation funded a “Store of the Future” research project conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) with the findings presented at CAMEX 2005.
  • A new environmental scan think tank was established to identify trends, evaluate the impact on collegiate retailing and to develop recommendations for areas of focus or initiative.
  • A “Bring a Buyer to CAMEX” fund-raising program was launched in conjunction with CAMEX 2005 to gain a broader base of support from Associate members for Foundation education programs and initiatives.
  • The Foundation Board held two meetings during the year, and initiated periodic conference calls between meetings. In addition, the committee and task forces continued their work in support of the Foundation.
  • During CAMEX, the Foundation Board recognized both a volunteer and staff member for their dedication and support of the Foundation with presentation of the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award to Mary Bonach, CSP and Cynthia D’Angelo.
  • The Foundation Board, with input from the Foundation Planning Committee, set a new direction for the Foundation through a strategic planning exercise conducted in conjunction with the October 2003 Board meeting. Through this exercise a Vision Statement was developed, the Mission Statement revised and four clear Goals with specific Objectives established. This new Strategic Plan confirms the strong, supportive relationship the Foundation has with NACS, and sets a clear course for the future of the Foundation.
  • In Fall 2003 the Foundation sponsored the 11th in a series StudentWatch research projects on the timely subject of Textbooks and Course Materials. The great strides made in the conduct of this annual survey have been made possible through a partnership with the Research Task Force, 21 colleges stores, Russell Athletic, 360YOUTH, and the NACS Planning & Research, Marketing, Public Relations and Foundation staff. An ongoing effort is underway to push the data out to stores through Collegiate MarketWatch articles and presentations.
  • The revised Investment Policy was fully implemented during the year utilizing a manager to oversee the portfolio and a task force to review progress on a monthly basis. The portfolio grew from $2,671,468 as of March 31, 2003, to $3,156,464 as of March 31, 2004.
  • The Partners for the Future campaign continues with a total of 92 donors contributing $127,161 over a five-year period.
  • The Fall 2003 StudentWatchTM survey was conducted on 21 campuses. Three different methods were used for collecting the information. Store intercept, RGIS (outside data collection company) intercept, and online collection.
  • The NACS Foundation awarded $22,500 in CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants for 45 buyers to attend CAMEX in San Antonio.
  • The Foundation provided $6,390 in Professional Development Grants
  • $9,021.61 in funding was awarded for Association Program Grants so that 254 members could participate in NACS educational programming in conjunction with 12 state/regional college store association meetings.
  • The 8th Annual Spirit Shop was be held in San Antonio in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 3rd Auction was held online in conjunction with CCRA/ConTEXT
  • The 14th Annual Benefit Concert featuring comedian John Pinette, with musical talents of Jake & Elwood Blues Review was held at the San Antonio Convention Center in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 15th Annual Auction was held online for the second time in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • In addition to traditional special event fundraising during CAMEX, the first Fun Run/Walk and Opening Night Vegas Party were presented at CAMEX 2004. Both events exceeded expectations for participation levels. CAMEX 2004 also marked the return of the Golf Tournament.
  • The NACS Foundation Board set the stage for the future by evaluating the mission statement of the Foundation, and its relationship to NACS.
  • The Foundation Board established seven new Task Forces and Committees to provide input on major project areas and new initiatives:
  •      Anniversary/Distinguished Service Award Task Force
  •      Core Values/Branding Task Force
  •      Fundraising Committee
  •      Future Symposium/Think Tank Task Force
  •      Planning Committee
  •      Online Auction Task Force
  •      Research Task Force
  • A major outcome of the work of the Core Values/Branding Task Force was a proposed new mission statement, which was adopted by the Foundation Board in October 2002. The Foundation’s new mission statement reads as follows: The NACS Foundation builds partnerships to strengthen the future vitality of the college store industry through research and education.
  • Through the recommendation of the Branding Task Force, the Foundation and NACS Boards approved changing the name of the organization from the College Stores Research and Educational Foundation to the NACS Foundation during meetings held in October/November 2002. The change was officially announced to NACS members at CAMEX 2003.
  • The NACS Foundation announced the launch of the Partners for the Future annual giving campaign at the Volunteer Reception held in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The first Foundation Distinguished Service Award was presented during CAMEX to John Marcus, CSP The NACS Foundation Board of Directors presents the Distinguished Service Award, the Foundation’s highest award in recognition of devotion, service and visionary leadership provided to the NACS Foundation.
  • Two major research projects were supported by the Foundation during 2002-2003 - the Salary & Benefits Survey and the Fall 2002 StudentWatchTM. The NACS Planning & Research department coordinated both survey projects with assistance from the Foundation staff.
  • The Fall 2002 StudentWatchTM survey was the first to be completely managed by the staff of the NACS Planning & Research department and Foundation, with direction provided by the Foundation’s Research Task Force.
  • The NACS Foundation awarded $19,500 in CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants for 39 buyers to attend CAMEX in St. Louis in March 2003.
  • The Foundation provided $11,635 in Professional Development Grants
  • Funding was provided for “Hot Topic" Audio Conferences presented by the NACS Education Department.
  • $11,840.75 in funding was allocated for Association Program Grants so that 308 members could participate in NACS educational programming in conjunction with state/regional college store association meetings.
  • The 7th Annual Rainey Bookstore Scholarship Program provided two $1,000 scholarships from the Harry Rainey Endowment Fund through an essay contest for student bookstore employees. The topic of the essay is “How working in the college store has given me a new respect for the store as a business.”
  • The 7th Annual Spirit Shop was be held in St. Louis in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 2nd Silent Auction was held in Anaheim, CA in conjunction with CCRA/ConTEXT
  • The 13th Annual Benefit Concert featuring the country music group Diamond Rio, was held at the St. Louis Convention Center in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 14th Annual Auction was held online for the first time in conjunction with CAMEX. More than 630 bids were placed on 60 packages with proceeds going to the Epic Trust.
  • The 20th Anniversary Celebration was concluded at CAMEX 2003.
  • The third NACS Academy for Future Collegiate Retail Leaders: An Executive Development Program was conducted on November 1-7, 2001 at the Texas A & M Center for Executive Development in College Station, Texas. Twenty-seven individuals including new directors and assistant directors/managers attended the program. CSREF provided full tuition grants of $1,425 to 20 participants.
  • The first NACS Academy for Seasoned Collegiate Retail Leaders: An Executive Development Program for seasoned directors and managers will be held in conjunction with the current program for up-and-coming leaders, November 1-7, 2001 at Texas A & M’s Center for Executive Development. Thirty-two individuals attended the program. CSREF provided full tuition grants of $1,425 to 27 participants.
  • CSREF provided $13,495 for Professional Development Grants.
  • The Board awarded $24,500 in CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants for 49 buyers to attend CAMEX in Los Angeles in February 2002.
  • The Board approved $12,000 in funding for “Hot Topic" Audio Conferences.
  • CSREF provided $13,258 in funding for was allocated for thirteen Association Program Grants so that members could participate in NACS educational programming in conjunction with state/regional college store association meetings.
  • The 6th Annual Rainey Bookstore Scholarship Program provided two $1,000 scholarships from the Harry Rainey Endowment Fund through an essay contest for student bookstore employees entitled ““Working at the College Store has been a Fabulous Learning Experience. Here’s why….”.
  • The 6th Annual Spirit Shop was held in Los Angeles in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 12th Annual CSREF Benefit Concert featuring the World Classic Rockers was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 13th Annual CSREF Silent Auction SUPERSTORE, was held in the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 1st Silent Auction was held in Tampa, FL in conjunction with CCRA/ConTEXT
  • The 20th Anniversary Celebration was launched at CAMEX 2002 with special recognition given to volunteers, donors, sponsors and recipients of CSREF grants and educational programs over the past 20 years. Plans are to continue the celebration throughout 2002.
  • CSREF continued the Student WatchTM primary research program begun in 1997/98, working with Sterling Research Group, Inc. to conduct three “waves” of topical research on campuses across the U. S. during October 2000. These topics included updates of Volume 1: Understanding College Student Consumer Behavior and Volume 5: Online Shopping, tracking changes in trends over time. A new study was conducted on Paper & School Supplies. The new research was available at ConTEXT and at three sessions at CAMEX in New Orleans.
  • The second NACS Academy for Future Collegiate Retail Leaders: An Executive Development Program entitled Gaining A Competitive Edge was conducted on November 2-8, 2000 at the Texas A & M Center for Executive Development in College Station, Texas. Thirty-six individuals including new directors and assistant directors/managers attended the program. CSREF provided full tuition grants of $1,295 to 30 participants.
  • The Board approved an Advanced Executive Development Program for seasoned directors and managers to be held in conjunction with the current program for up-and-coming leaders, November, 2001 at Texas A & M’s Center for Executive Development.
  • CSREF provided $1,317.80 for 44 products grants for the E-Commerce Tool Kit to small stores that could not afford to purchase them.
  • CSREF provided $8,310 for 20 Professional Development Grants.
  • The CSREF Board awarded $22,207 in CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants enabling 45 buyers to attend CAMEX in New Orleans in April, 2001.
  • CSREF provided approximately $27,000 in funding for 1 full-day and 2 half-day Bonus Sessions at CAMEX in New Orleans. The sessions are Digital Content Delivery Models sponsored by Ingram Book Company/Lightning Source, Inc., Marketing Foundations of Great Service, sponsored by Avery Dennison, and a Health Science Store Tour featuring LSU Medical College Health Science Bookstore and Tulane Medical School Bookstore, sponsored by Harcourt Health Sciences.
  • The Softgoods Showcase was presented twice to approximately 800 members in New Orleans.
  • CSREF provided $10,178.62 for 16 Association Program Grants so that members could participate in NACS educational programming in conjunction with their state/regional college store association meeting.
  • The 5th Annual Rainey Bookstore Scholarship Program provided two $1,000 scholarships from the Harry Rainey Endowment Fund through an essay contest for student bookstore employees on “How Working in the College Store Has Helped Me.”
  • The 5th Annual Spirit Shop was held in New Orleans in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 11th Annual CSREF Benefit Concert featuring The Commodores was held at the Orpheum Theatre in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 9th Annual Club Energy! dance party was held at Generations Hall in New Orleans in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 14th Annual CSREF Harry Rainey Golf Classic was held at the Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner, LA, in conjunction with CAMEX.
  • The 12th Annual CSREF Silent Auction SUPERSTORE, was held in the Morial Convention Center in conjunction with CAMEX.