Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement, raises money, and gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to qualified local, state, and national programs. Working with the NRA’s field staff, thousands of volunteers nationwide participate in the program by organizing committees and planning events in their communities. Monies raised at these events go to The NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological and artistic context. Funds granted by The NRA Foundation benefit a variety of constituencies throughout the United States including children, youth, women, individuals with physical disabilities, gun collectors, law enforcement, officers, hunters, and competitive shooters.
Since its inception in 1992, Friends of NRA has held over 15,000 events, reached over 2.5 million attendees and raised over $210 million for The NRA Foundation.
A typical Friends of NRA event starts with a reception that includes games, raffles and a silent auction. Attendees will eat dinner and listen to a guest speaker, if one is present. The evening will conclude with a live auction and winners are chosen from the games, raffles and silent auction.
Friends of NRA is coordinated by NRA Field Representatives, but the majority of the program is organized by thousands of volunteers throughout the country. To recognize the efforts made by volunteers, Friends of NRA implemented the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 to recognize those who made an impact on the program at the local or regional levels.
I have been involved with the Friends of NRA since 2004. I have been on the Walla Walla and Columbia Basin committees and have also served two years as Chairman of the Washington State Funding Committee.