The NAFA Foundation was founded in 2008* as a supporting organization to the National Air Filtration Association by providing funding for enhancement of the charitable, educational, and scientific activities routinely carried on by the National Air Filtration Association.
Many areas of the science of air filtration remain unexplored. The NAFA Foundation allows NAFA to fund industry research to provide answers to help members better understand filtration. With increases in energy costs, research on the best application of nano-filtration, LEED, and sustainability will assist members in helping their clients and customers. NAFA will own this research and can provide members a step up on non-member filtration companies.
Recent research projects include:
Impact of High-Efficiency Filtration Combined with High Ventilation Rates on Particulate Matter Concentrations in U.S. Offices – Executive Summary
Dr. Michael Waring, et. al., June 2017
Report on the NAFA Research Project, Wells-Riley and MERV
Dr. Brent Stephens, March 2012
New filtration technologies are being introduced to the marketplace and the Foundation can help these emerging ideas and technologies to become reality. Technology development, as a logical extension of research, implements the results of research to application, advancing air filtration and providing improved end results.
Member Education and Scholarships
All societies progress through education. The NAFA Foundation will fund member, family member, and company member scholarships as NAFA has done for the past 20 years. The Foundation will allow for even more funding for scholarships as the interest on the funds will be added to the proceeds from NAFA scholarship events each year. In addition, the Foundation will allow NAFA to procure the best minds from science and industry to present at NAFA conferences so that members can be better educated and benefit from this knowledge.
As of 2023, NAFA has awarded 42 academic scholarships of $1,000 each. The Foundation increased the scholarship amount to $2,500 beginning in 2024.
The NAFA Foundation Scholarship is funded by the NAFA Annual Convention’s golf tournament and generous NAFA members.
The NAFA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.
*The NAFA Foundation was incorporated in 2008 by NAFA members Jeff Holt, Paula Levassuer, Tom Ryan, Harry Elinky Jr. and Joe Fly Jr.
NAFA Foundation Board of Directors
Jeff Holt, CAFS, NCT; Airflow Products Co., Inc. - Chair
Paula Levasseur, CAFS; LMF Services LLC - Secretary
Joe W. Fly, CAFS; Joe W. Fly Co., Inc. - Treasurer
Marisa Jimenez de Segovia, CAFS, NCT; Air-Care de Mexico
Jay Reese, CAFS; J & BR Associates, LLC.
Jim Rosenthal, CAFS; TEX-AIR Filters/Air Relief Technologies
Thomas Ryan, CAFS; Ryan Filter Sales, Inc.
Our Generous Supporters
Al & Nancy Veeck
Air-Care de Mexico
Airflow Products Co., Inc.
BFC Solutions/Pure Air Sales
Cameron Great Lakes, Inc.
Columbus Industries, Inc.
Expanded Technologies, Inc.
Hydrosil International Limited
Joe W. Fly Co., Inc.
Parker HVAC Filtration
Ryan Filter Sales, Inc.
Quality Filters, Inc.
Aero Filter, Inc.
Air Filter Sales & Service
Air Flow Technology, Inc.
BGE Indoor Air Quality Solutions Ltd.
Capital Air Filter Corporation
FilterPro Services Canada Ltd.
Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
Koch Filter Corporation
Leslye Sandberg, CAFS
Smith Filter Corporation
Building Wellness Consultancy, Inc.
JAS Filtration Inc.
Kimberly Clark Corporation
The Filter Man, Ltd.
(less than $500)
Air Industries, Inc.
Essential Air Products
Fresh Air Filter Service, Inc.
Green Leaf Technologies, LLC
JAS Filtration Inc.
Northeast Air Solutions, Inc.
Sierra Filtration Products, Inc.
Ver-Mac Industries, Inc.