Richard Haley Memorial Scholarship Fund

Richard Haley

Established in 2006 in memory of long-time ANCA member Richard Haley, this endowment funds scholarships for ANCA Summit participants. Learn more about Richard Haley. Summit scholarships offer nature center professionals the opportunity to attend this national gathering that might not otherwise be able to afford this valuable leadership training. Preference is given to those who are new in the field, represent centers with low budgets, and are first-time attendees.

There has always been more need than the fund has been able to meet so, in 2015, ANCA launched the Nature Nerd Campaign, in honor of Richard, to grow the Fund. In the first two years, with help from Lead Donor Alice Apkarian, we raised a total of $9,300 from Summit attendees- including many scholarship recipients. 

In 2017 the Nature Nerd Campaign raised an additional $2,925 for Summit Scholarships with help from our Lead Donor, The Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation. 

Please help us support additional nature center leaders. Donate in honor of Richard (or another great Nature Nerd) and invest in the future of the nature and environmental learning center profession through leaders like this 2017 Summit Scholarship recipient:

"Attending the Summit was a wonderful experience! I met amazing individuals working in amazing places doing amazing programming! It is so beneficial meeting and talking to a variety of folks about what is working for them, new programming ideas and even what doesn’t work. Between the networking and the sessions I came away with new inspirations to enhance my facilities programming. I have already been in contact with a few folks from the conference and am looking forward to collaboration efforts in the future.”  

As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a Nature Nerd Button for each $25.00 increment you contribute! Choose our nerdy bird, moose, or salamander (or all three) and sport your support for the professional development of nature and environmental learning center leaders.        

Donate now via PayPal below or  download a Pledge Form here.

Please indicate that this payment is for the Nature Nerd Campaign in PayPal or on your check. Your donation will be invested in the Richard Haley Memorial Scholarship Fund and managed to generate ANCA scholarships for years to come.

Thank you for donating!