Fizdale Chapter Research Award Panel

Authorization and Accountability

The re-establishment of the Fizdale Fund was authorized by the Research and Education Fund in November 1997. The Panel reports to the Development Committee through the Awards Committee. The panel reports to the Development Committee through the Awards Committee. Funds are collected through the Social Work Research and Education Fund.


The Fizdale Fund Panel has oversight responsibility for the Fizdale Fund. The Fund was created to honor the contributions of Ruth Fizdale to the social work profession. The Panel adminsters awards/grants to NASW chapters that are engaged in pilot research projects targeted to a specific developing issue. The Panel also coordinates fundraising events to ensure the long-term solvency of the fund.

Time Frame

The Fizdale Funds Awards Panel continues to the extent that there are funds available.

Members, Terms and Criteria

The Panel is comprised of four members. The terms are staggered with a maximum duration of three years.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Oversee and monitor activity of the fund.
  2. Identify fundraising opportunities for increasing revenue and soliciting donor contributions.
  3. Selects annual awards.

Questions about the Panel?

Contact Kerri Criswell, Manager - NASW Foundation, at

Ruth Fizdale Program

The Ruth Fizdale Program was created in 1987 by Dr. Helen K. Rehr and other friends of Ruth Fizdale, to honor her contributions to social work. The founders' intent was that, as an endowment, the income would be used to help underwrite studies related to people with social needs

Learn more about the Ruth Fizdale program