The Society for News Design Foundation, created in 1992, is the nonprofit education and research effort of SND. With support from donations and matching grants, the Foundation provides training grants for out-of-work visual journalists, university-level scholarships, travel grants for students to the Annual Workshop & Exhibition, grants to the student designers of the year, and outreach to minority journalists and journalism students at universities with large minority enrollments.
The Foundation also provides research grants for projects on the future of journalism developed in partnership with other journalism organizations.
Supporters contribute to the Foundation through direct donations, sponsorship of Foundation Fund-raising events, and by donating or purchasing items and services at the Silent Auction held in conjunction with the Annual Workshop & Exhibition.
Contributions to the SND Foundation are generally tax deductible (in the United States) as charitable donations.
In 2008, the Society for News Design announced two new scholarship programs for university students. The scholarships are funded by donations from visual journalists worldwide.
The first scholarship honors Edmund C. Arnold (1913-2007), viewed by SND members as the father of U.S. newspaper design. Ed Arnold redesigned hundreds of newspapers and inspired thousands of visual journalists as an author, consultant, speaker and journalism educator at Syracuse (New York) University and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
The Edmund C. Arnold Scholarship is open to SND student members at Syracuse University who are majoring in journalism or in a field of related study, with the intent of pursuing a career in visual journalism. The $5,000 scholarship is offered to juniors and rising seniors. Applicants are assessed on talent, scholarship, service and character. The annual award is renewable once, but recipients must re-apply for consideration. The first Arnold scholarship was awarded in 2009.
The SND Foundation scholarship is an annual $2,000 award open to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in and showing promise for pursuing a career in visual journalism at any accredited four-year school worldwide. The student must be a member in good standing of the Society for News Design. The annual award is renewable once, but recipients must re-apply for consideration.