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 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.