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Just as a firmly-laid foundation is the basis for any building, a consistent supply of resources is vital to sustaining that building, and expanding its growth into the future. This is the job of The NRA Foundation's Endowment -- sustaining the foundation in the present, and providing a permanent source of revenue to NRA and other programs that carry, sustain, and grow the shooting sports for years to come. A healthy, expanding endowment allows for bold decisions to be made in order to map out the course of educational programs that define the future of the shooting sports.

NRA Foundation Endowment
Endowment Growth

An endowment is a permanent fund that produces investment income. The permanent fund is never touched -- only a portion of the fund's interest is used for qualified programs. The balance is then reinvested to ensure the fund's growth, providing a source of income in perpetuity. This ensures that future generations of Americans will enjoy the firearms tradition intended by America's Founding Fathers.

The NRA Foundation Endowment is invested through professional investment advisors. Foundation policy provides a specific level of spending each year, while preserving principal and allowing future growth. Endowment monies can only be used for their stated purposes, to assure donors that their investment will always be directed towards the eligible programs originally designated.

To meet the variety of constituencies and educational program needs of the NRA, the Foundation has established fifteen different endowment categories within its overall endowment fund.

General Endowment provides support to the educational programs of the NRA through gun safety training, hunter education, youth programs, scholarships or other programs.

Competitive Shooting & National Championships Endowment helps to ensure continued operation and growth of national championship level competition, and enhances shooting participation in matches across the nation.

Disabled Shooting Endowment supports programs promoting hunting and recreational shooting opportunities for Americans with physical disabilities.

Firearms & Marksmanship Training Endowment supports educational programs, activities and materials promoting gun safety, marksmanship training, gunsmithing and the shooting sports.

Gun Collecting Endowment supports the promotion of gun collecting and the historical, technological and cultural disciplines that gun collecting embraces.

Gunsmith Training Endowment invests in NRA’s cooperative programs with institutions of higher learning to develop gunsmithing education programs within their curricula, and provides tuition assistance for deserving students who demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in gunsmithing.

Handloading Education Endowment invests in programs that teach the basics of rifle, pistol, and/or shotgun ammunition reloading, with an emphasis on equipment, reloading components, and safety.

Hunting & Wildlife Conservation Endowment supports programs promoting hunting education, wildlife management, conservation and the development of hunter education materials and skills training at any level.

Law Enforcement Endowment supports instructors, agencies and programs serving law enforcement personnel through enhancement of professional firearms-related skills, state-of-the-art gun safety and marksmanship training.

National Firearms Museum Endowment supports the programs and activities of the National Firearms Museum – an American treasure, and one of the world’s finest collections of historical firearms.

NRA Voice of Freedom Fund Endowment supports public education and communication programs.

Range Facilities and Programs Endowment supports programs that further the development of safe, environmentally sound, readily available shooting ranges and programs, as well as education conferences and seminars for range owners and operators.

Scholarships Endowment provides academic support for deserving students who demonstrate a need, aptitude and desire to excel in scholastics, leadership and the shooting sports.

Women’s Programs Endowment supports programs that address the firearms-related needs and interests of women, including safety training, hunter education, recreational shooting and personal safety.

Youth Education Endowment supports educational activities for youth, such as firearms safety and marksmanship, hunter education and accident prevention programs.

Named Endowments 
A named endowment can be established within an endowment category for a minimum gift of $100,000, subject to certain criteria. This allows a donor and their friends, family, company, or institution to leave a lasting legacy for the particular program area in which they have an interest in perpetuating. Named endowment donors receive an annual report of their earnings, along with a report on disbursements from their specific endowment.


To make a contribution to one of the above endowments, or to find out more about establishing a named endowment, please contact us at:

Phone: (800) 423-6894
Fax: (703) 267-3986