In March 1861, just weeks before the outbreak of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln concluded his first inaugural address with an evocative turn of phrase. Wistfully yearning for a peaceful resolution to the gathering storm, he felt that preservation of the Union might still be possible if only the citizenry’s hearts could be “again touched … by the better angels of our nature.”

Our 16th president’s eloquent description of the more virtuous instincts of the human condition, those “better angels of our nature,” seems also to be a fitting description of ASA’s Foundations, the charitable organizations founded and supported by ASA that discharge our profession’s more virtuous interests.

All told, ASA sits at the center of a constellation of six charitable organizations. All are organized under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, which not only makes them...

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