Foundation for Appraisal Education

The ISA Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed to promote the advancement of education related to personal property appraising.

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ISA Appraisal Foundation Scholarships

As part of the Foundation's mission to advance personal property appraisal education, we annually offer scholarships to new and experienced appraisers to further their development by attending courses, classes, workshops, and conferences. Both new and experienced appraisers, students, or any individual wanting to further their educational development in the area of personal property appraising may apply. Learn more here.

Educational Seminar

As part of its dedication to the advancement of appraisal education, the Foundation produces an annual educational seminar. Every year, we select a diverse group of presenters on topics that provide both antiques, furnishings + decorative arts and fine art appraisers with learning opportunities and professional development credit. 

History of the Foundation

The ISA Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2002, as a separate corporate entity from its parent organization, The International Society of Appraisers. The sole purpose of the Corporation was to raise funds for scholarships to aid those seeking to improve their knowledge in the field of personal property appraising. Gloria Moroni, Rick Cassagrande, Anne Blumer, CD Gallimore, and Nancy Bangiola were the first Board of Directors of the Corporation.

The ISA Education Foundation was established under Illinois law and granted non-profit status in 2003. In 2007, the Corporation’s headquarters moved to Texas, where legal residence and recognition was established.

In the summer of 2008, the name was changed to the Foundation for Appraisal Education. The Foundation for Appraisal Education is not affiliated with the Appraisal Foundation, which is the Congressionally authorized non-profit organization dedicated to promoting professionalism in appraising through the establishment of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications. In 2022, the organization changed its name back to the ISA Education Foundation in an effort to identify the individuals that fund the organization, ISA appraiser members. 

The Foundation began awarding scholarships in 2004 and currently presents scholarship awards of $1,000.00 each to one new and one experienced appraiser. Grants for group educational opportunities, such as underwriting educational speakers for ISA's annual conference, are also awarded.

In addition, the Foundation publishes the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies. Launched in the spring of 2008 and written and edited annually specifically for personal property appraisers and those who use appraisal services, this Journal is a compilation of original research articles, integrative reviews and topical discussions of professional appraisal issues and concerns from a variety of perspectives, theories and approaches.

To fund all of these important programs, the ISA Appraisal Foundation accepts memorials and gifts from groups and individuals as well as corporate donations and sponsorships.