Supporting and Preserving
the Art of the Harp
American Harp Society Foundation
Founded in 1993, the American Harp Society Foundation provides a legacy for the future of the American Harp Society. The AHS Foundation houses nineteen educational funds in which donations are held for specific educational projects, such as scholarships, awards and prizes, each in accordance with the intent of the original donor.
The AHS Foundation houses many specific-named endowment funds. There are numerous opportunities for donors to support the Foundation and its shared mission with the American Harp Society, including an online donation portal. Besides your individual donation, you can raise money various ways within your AHS chapter. Some chapters have donated to the various funds, in particular, the Anne Adams Awards. These awards sustain the biennial auditions, and we encourage, welcome and appreciate your help.
The longevity and excellence of the Society’s educational projects and scholarships are ensured by the work of the Foundation. Each of you can help the Foundation to grow. You can be a part of that legacy.
AHS Foundation Members
Sally Maxwell (1935–2013), Founder, President Emeritus
Wenonah Govea, Founder, Emeritus
AHS Foundation Board of Directors
Carrie Kourkoumelis, President
Penny Howk Beavers, Vice President, Donor Relations
Irma Merrill Stratton, Treasurer
Holly Avesian, Secretary
Kathleen Bride, Legal and Competitions Committee
AHS Liaison by yearly appointment:
The 2018 recipients of the Anne Adams Award have been announced. See the Recipients page for more information.
History of the AHS Foundation
AHS Foundation Founders
Burton Adams, Wenonah Govea, Sally Maxwell, Jack Nebergall, Ruth Papalia, Dorothy Remsen
In 1990, a small group of long-time members of the AHS foresaw the potential of housing large donations and scholarship funds for the American Harp Society in a separate organization. It was their objective to hold the funds where they could grow and be used only for the purpose intended by donors. For 25 years these funds have been used to award scholarship funds for college students, national competition winners, high school students attending summer camp, and harp students in extreme need.
In 1993, the AHS Foundation began three new awards: the Nebergall Award, the Karl Carlson Award, and the Doris Calkins Award. The Foundation now houses 18 separate funds.
Each fund within the Foundation is designated for a specific purpose. Only a portion of the interest/gains is given for each award and scholarship, thereby creating and building an endowment to ensure the funds and their growth in perpetuity.