The NAFSA Challenge


Support the NAFSA ChallengeWe need your help.

There are very real policy challenges facing international education and they have grown steadily over the past year. NAFSA’s role as the leading voice in connecting people and changing the world has never been more important.

Proposed policy changes represent serious threats to our work ensuring the United States remains a welcoming nation – to immigrants, Dreamers, refugees, and international students and scholars, especially those from targeted countries. The ability of the United States to remain globally engaged is also at risk. Our association continues to advocate for a welcoming world based on acceptance of all and the freedom to move easily across national borders for study, work, travel, scholarship and volunteerism.

We need your support to continue and grow our efforts. Please consider a generous donation to the NAFSA Challenge.

This past year, NAFSA continued to be a bold voice for the concerns of international education:

  • NAFSA strongly opposed the Muslim travel ban, speaking out and signing on to higher education letters of protest.
  • NAFSA led the development of a sign-on letter opposing proposed new requirements for collecting unnecessary information on visa applications, working with higher education and scientific organizations to protest the chilling effect of overly intrusive requirements.
  • NAFSA’s Government Connection program provides updates on the most pressing regulatory issues affecting your work. During this climate of uncertainty and change, NAFSA has proactively provided advisories including “Regulatory Practice and a New Presidential Administration,” and “Key Provisions of New DHS Regulations Affecting Certain Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Worker Programs.”
  • NAFSA has been instrumental in building support for the Paul Simon Study Abroad Act which vigorously promotes study abroad opportunities. The Simon bill was introduced in the Senate in April 2017 and in the House in November 2017. This is the first time in six years that a bi-partisan study abroad bill has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. We will keep pushing for its passage until all students, regardless of their backgrounds, are able to thrive in a globally connected society.
  • NAFSA joined with Welcoming America as a partner in its annual Welcoming Week campaign where campuses hosted events that reinforce higher education’s commitment to creating welcoming campuses and communities.
  • NAFSA made sure your voice was heard by agency officials through our liaison program and our monitoring of regulatory actions. We commented on proposed changes to regulations and provided you with timely updates on a wide variety of regulations and executive orders emanating from the White House. Our online resources at continue to be an important resource for the field.
  • NAFSA launched a refreshed advocacy website, Connecting Our World, to provide updates on pending legislation. We sent urgent action requests throughout the year, which you and other advocates responded to eagerly and often.
  • NAFSA continues to champion full access to Cuba, refugee protection, the Dream Act, and other legislation and policies that would improve our immigration system and remove obstacles to studying, living, and working in the United States.
  • NAFSA’s annual release of our International Student Economic Value Tool continues to be the standard for measuring the staggering impact that the $37 billion and more than 450,000 jobs have on the U.S. economy and U.S. higher education.

NAFSA’s successes are the result of the work you and your colleagues do every day in your communities to make your voices heard. It is also because of persistent push-back by NAFSA on any and all policies and legislative proposals that threaten the continued and vigorous growth of international education.

We need your financial support to make our work bolder and even more effective and impactful. Please consider supporting the NAFSA Challenge during these most important of times.

For more information about this campaign, as well as other opportunities to donate to NAFSA throughout the year, contact:

Gail Hochhauser
Senior Director, Organizational Advancement
202.737.3699 ext. 2523

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Please contact Gail Hochhauser, Senior Director for Organizational Advancement (gailh[at] or 202.737.3699 ext. 2523) if you would like to donate anonymously or, if:

  • Your company or organization will match your gift (sometimes the gifts of retirees, board of directors members, and spouses are eligible)
  • You want to discuss making a pledge to support NAFSA through planned giving
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