The members of the Foundation Board of directors develop the curriculum and serve as session advisors and coordinators. Since its inception, Dr. Donald Haider, Professor of Public Management, Director of the Program in Public Non Profit Management, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, has served as the Dean of the Institute.
Following two separate RFP processes, the Institute continues to be housed at the Kellogg School since 1997. Professor Haider plays a pivotal role in the development of the curriculum and assisting in providing leading academia to the faculty of the Institute.
In 2009, four state treasurers and 15 state public finance officials attended the Institute. In addition, six state treasurers served on the faculty. The class participated in a wide array of public finance forums focusing on current challenges in the field and potential solutions as states continue to struggle with revenue shortfalls and increasing program needs.
Since inception in 1995, 48 state treasurers have attended the Institute; ten treasurers have attended on multiple occasions. 295 treasury staff have participated. On average, four treasurers participate each year with an average class size of 25. The 12th National Institute for Public Finance was held at the Chicago Campus of Northwestern University, summer 2009.
Pepperdine University is known for its stunning campus in Malibu, consistently ranked among the most beautiful places to study by The Princeton Review. Drescher Graduate Campus hosts a number of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School degree programs, as well as special events, and the Villa Graziadio executive center and conference facility.
Students meet in Malibu in executive-style classrooms that foster an exciting, collaborative environment, while gorgeous views of the Pacific coastline add further inspiration. The Drescher Graduate Complex also boasts a dining hall, bookstore, and technology lab, so students have everything they need right on campus. For those interested in exploring beyond the campus, Malibu offers some of the most sophisticated shopping, dining, and cultural experiences, along with hiking trails and world-class beaches.
The National Institute of Public Finance (NIPF) undertakes a wide range of initiatives including conducting professional development, research, strategic planning, and policy advocacy in areas related to public treasury management.
The Institute maintains close functional links with federal, state, and local governments, and has built important private-sector linkages in the U.S. and abroad. While maintaining independence, the NIPF receives financial support from the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) Foundation, as well as individual and corporate citizens. The Institute provides exemplary treasury management education for professionals at the state, municipal, and county levels.
Since 1995, the NAST Foundation has provided a forum for the education of public finance officials by sponsoring the NIPF. With unprecedented numbers of municipal bankruptcies, large unfunded pension liabilities, and structural budget challenges across the 50 states, the lnstitute’s impact and contribution continue to expand.
The Institute brings together distinguished practitioners and academicians for an annual certification program that serves as a basis for an exchange of ideas, cutting-edge strategies, and best practices. Since its formation, the Institute has emerged as a premier think tank and has made significant contributions at all levels of government.
The lnstitute’s new partnership with Pepperdine University represents a collaborative effort between the Foundation and the University’s schools of business and public policy.
The NAST Foundation is dedicated to enhancing government officials’ understanding of public financial management, and providing educational materials and opportunities to all individuals and/or parties interested in understanding public and personal financial management.
The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization, founded by NAST for the purpose of providing education and support that enable member states to pursue and administer sound financial policies and programs benefiting the nation’s citizens.
Membership is composed of all state treasurers or state finance officials with comparable responsibilities from the United States, its commonwealths, territories, and the District of Columbia. The private sector is represented through the Corporate Affiliate Program that was established to build professional relationships and foster cooperation between the public and private sectors.
NIPF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Applicable to both CPAs and CFAs.
Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce, NAST’s incoming president, has partnered with Governor Phil Scott to launch a statewide Financial Literacy..