The NABE Foundation seeks to enhance the field and application of business economics by:

  • Providing professionals with the information, tools, and development opportunities they need to succeed;
  • Developing the next generation of leaders within the profession;
  • Supporting research to advance knowledge and applications in the field; and
  • Helping to inform and educate the public by encouraging the understanding and use of the tools of business economics;
  • Advancing diversity and inclusion in the field of business economics.
The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). 

2021 Class of NABE Diversity Scholars

Congratulations to this year's class of NABE Diversity Scholars! This program, launched last year by The NABE Foundation and the NABE Diversity and Inclusion Committee, provides access to valuable learning and networking opportunities for early-career minority economists as well as minority students interested in pursuing a career in applied economics.

Meet the 2021 NABE Diversity Scholars

Scholarships Available for 2022 NABE Economic Policy Conference

Scholarships for young professionals to attend the 2022 NABE Economic Policy Conference are available through The NABE Foundation. See application for guidelines.

Application deadline: February 16, 2022

Apply Now

Scholarships Available for CBE Courses

The NABE Foundation is pleased to announce that scholarships will be offered for courses and exam offerings through the Certified Business Economist (CBE) program in 2021. Scholarship winners may receive up to $1,700 to be used on CBE Courses and/or the CBE Exam (see course calendar).

Interested in applying?  Read the guidelines and more information

Support The NABE Foundation

The Foundation is the charitable arm of the NABE and helps improve the economic profession through scholarships, research, programs and other efforts. Please donate today.


Or consider making a lasting gift with an endowed scholarship or the NABE Legacy Circle, a planned giving program.

To read more about the Annual Appeal,
click here.

2020 Salary Survey Report

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) conducted the first salary survey of its members in 1964. Every two years since—with the exception of 1966 and 1970— NABE has surveyed its members about their salaries and other occupational details. In May and June 2020, NABE, in conjunction with The NABE Foundation, surveyed its members. Questionnaires were sent via email to 1,952 members and to NABE Fellows; participants responded online. A total of 309 members responded with information on their compensation, for a response rate of 15.8%.

NABE members reported a median base salary of $153,500 in 2020--a 2.3% increase from the median $150,000 reported in 2018. The mean (average) base salary rose by 4.3% over the same period to $178,121. 

For more details, download the full survey report. (NABE Members only)

2020-21 NABE Foundation Board of Directors




Outside Director


David Berson, CBE, Nationwide Insurance

Outside Director


Martin Fleming, Economist

Outside Director


Rosemary Marcuss, Economist

Past Chair


Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, CBE, Third Way

Outside Director


Diane Swonk, CBE, Grant Thornton

Outside Director


Maurine Haver, CBE, Haver Analytics

Outside Director 2020-2023 Mary Ann Greenwood,
Greenwood Gearhart Inc.
Outside Director 2021-2023 Patrick Jankowski, Greater Houston Partnership
Outside Director 2021-2023 Nela Richardson, ADP
Outside Director
LaVaughn Henry, CBE*, FDIC

NABE Director


Mark Palim, Fannie Mae

NABE Director


Amy Crews Cutts, CBE,
AC Cutts & Associates

Executive Director


Tom Beers, CBE, NABE


University Partners 





Is your university interested in partnering with NABE on the CBE program?  There are many benefits to partnering with NABE to incorporate the CBE curriculum into university programs. More information