The Foundation seeks contributions and support from ACPA members and friends through an annual appeal that provides funds to support activities which further the missions of ACPA and the Educational Leadership Foundation.

The Annual Fund provides funds for grants to support scholarship and research activities of ACPA members. The Foundation solicits project proposals from ACPA members, evaluates those received, and awards funds for selected projects. Approximately $10,000 is awarded each year. Of primary interest to the Foundation are proposals related to student learning and professional development.

The Annual Fund also provides an opportunity for members to contribute to the Diamond Honoree Program. Established by the Foundation in 1999, this program recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to higher education and to students and student affairs in particular. Honorees are recognized at a reception held during the ACPA Annual Convention.