Awards & Recognition

Illinois ASBO Foundation awards celebrate extraordinary contributions to the school business profession. Awards are a career highlight for the recipient and demonstrate the impact an individual can have within the profession.

Every year at the Annual Conference, we take time to recognize those who make this profession strong. Nominate a colleague to join the legacy of Illinois ASBO award recipients!

Gwendolyn Polk

Congratulations to the 2019 Career Impact Award Recipient!

At the Annual Conference Opening General Session, Foundation awards are presented to school business professionals who have made a significant impact. This year's Cal Jackson Career Impact Award honors Jerry Brendel, who has spent over 45 years in education, is a Illinois ASBO and ASBO International Past President and currently serves as the Business Manager Coop. Assoc. for Special Education.


More About the Foundation

Become a Donor

Support future leaders in the profession, recognize excellence in School Business Management and help charitable organizations serving children.


Financing & Governance

Get more details on how the Foundation works and where the money goes.


Foundation Donors

See a list of individuals and companies who have made a difference through a generous donation to the Foundation.



See if you qualify for an opportunity to get funding for your education in school business management or to grow in your leadership skills.


Partnership Opportunities

Interested in ways to provide more targeted recognition for your company? Become a Foundation Partner today!


Legacy Project

Volunteer with fellow members and make a difference to kick off the Annual Conference

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Terrie Simmons

So Many Who Have Made Major Contributions

There are so many people who have made major contributions to the profession and Illinois ASBO. I don’t see myself as very different from everyone else. I have just tried to give of myself and be the instrument through which other great minds improve Illinois ASBO and the school business management profession.”

– Terrie S. Simmons
2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipient