- Reward professionalism in agricultural teaching
- Improve teaching quality in agriculture
- Encourage research to develop quality instruction
According to the NACTAF's Constitution:
The purposes for which this organization is formed are as follows -- The objects and purposes are philanthropic, charitable and educational in support of NACTA: to encourage, promote and reward instructional excellence in agriculture, natural and environmental sciences, and the research supporting this instruction; to support the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture for the professional advancement of college level instruction in agriculture; and to seek improvement in post-secondary teaching of agriculture through examination and discussion of curricula, course organization, teaching techniques, facilities and materials.
The NACTA Foundation was the brainchild of a group of past- presidents of NACTA who thought it would be a great idea to create an endowment that would be able to fund all the regional teaching awards and support other financial needs related to recognizing outstanding teaching. In the beginning, contributions to the Foundation were sporadic and slow, but as the years passed the Foundation became more familiar to our membership and the endowment grew more quickly. Currently, there is approximately $90,000 in the foundation fund.
Currently the NACTA Foundation supports these teaching/leadership awards:
- Distinguished Educator
- Teaching Award of Excellence
- Central, Southern, Western, Eastern Regional Outstanding Teacher Awards
- Murray Brown NACTA Leadership Award
NACTA is a recognized 501C non-profit organization and contributions to NACTA are tax deductible.