About the ACA Foundation

Goals and programs:

Growing Happy and Confident Kids program provides resources to counselors working with elementary school age children in order to increase their emotional literacy and better equip them to handle life's challenges. GHCK offers more than 30 works of children's literature that counselors working schools, community and counseling centers can use to help children better deal with issues such as bullying, prejudice, sexism, diversity and much more.

Supporting students in graduate counseling programs by underwriting scholarships to the ACA annual conference and a graduate student lounge at the conference, by underwriting annual essay competitions that have allowed hundreds of counseling students to air their opinions and have provided thousands of dollars in scholarship grants to winners, and by encouraging graduate student involvement and excellence through recognition awards such as the annual Glen Hubele National Graduate Student Award.

Creating the Counselors Care Fund, founded in response to the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the New Orleans area. The Fund provided numerous grants to help affected counselors in that area restart their practices and return to provided counseling help at a time when it was truly needed. The Foundation Trustees have now expanded the focus of the Counselors Care Fund to allow it to provide assistance to counselors affected by natural disasters and other tragedies throughout the country.

Recognizing Outstanding Counselor Professionals and encouraging excellence in counseling through the awarding of a number of annual awards, including the David K. Brooks Award, Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award, Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship, Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, and the ACA Professional Development Award.

Increasing Awareness of The Foundation and its Goals by creating a presence at the ACA annual conference that educates, encourages, and acknowledges donors and prospective donors.

Publishing Books and Related Materials which fill important information gaps for counselor professionals and help advance the counseling profession.

Entering into Partnerships with Other Organizations to help advance the counseling profession and to build awareness of the numerous contributions counselors make to this nation.

The American Counseling Association Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support the work of the American Counseling Association and to advance and promote the counseling profession. The work of the ACA Foundation is made possible only through the generous support of the ACA membership and the tax-deductible donations they make to help further the Foundation's work. Please help continue these programs. See the Donate Now link to the left.