NEF Projects and Grants

The Naturist Education Foundation initiates and participates in projects designed to further the understanding and acceptance of naturism in North America. NEF also awards grants to those who have demonstrated a need and an ability to benefit the causes of naturism and body acceptance.

Because of its status as a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, NEF cannot particpate in political lobbying. NEF's sister organization, the Naturist Action Committee, includes political action and political lobbying as a part of its responsibilities.

Current and Ongoing Projects

Naturist Education Foundation Scholastic Award

An award of $1,000 offered as often as twice each year to the best original essay on the topic of naturism. Eligibility: members of The Naturist Society who are currently enrolled in an accredited college. Click here for more information.

Naturist Education Foundation Junior Scholastic Award

An award of $250 offered up to four times each year to the best original essay on the topic of naturism. Eligibility: high school students whose families are members of The Naturist Society. Parental permission required. Click here for more information.

Naturist Education Foundation Speakers Bureau

Members of the Naturist Education Foundation Speakers Bureau give presentations to college classes, community organizations, service organizations, professional associations, legislative bodies, and a variety of other groups. Click here for more information.

Naturism in America

A course proposal for a college level adult-education class intended to increase awareness of the fundamentals of Naturism. Click here to see the course proposal.

NEF's Toni Egbert Naturist Law Library

A growing online compilation of legal material pertinent to naturists and nudity-related issues. Provided as a service to the community and available on the web site of the Naturist Education Foundation.
Click here to visit the Toni Egbert Library

Nude & Natural Newsletter

Together with the Naturist Action Committee and The Naturist Society, the Naturist Education Foundation publishes a monthly online newsletter, addressing breaking news and timely informational issues of importance to naturists - and those who would learn about naturists.
Click here to view selected archived issues of The Newsletter.

Recent and Past Projects

Taking the Pulse of the Public: NEF/Roper Poll 2000

NEF is pleased to report the results of an important U.S. nationwide poll on the attitudes of Americans toward naturist issues. Click here to see the 2000 NEF/Roper Poll.

Updating the Pulse of America: NEF/Roper Poll 2006

NEF commissioned an update to an important public opinion poll, establishing new evidence of the widespread support for skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing.
Click here for more information.

All Politics are Local: NEF California Poll 2009

In 2008, the California State Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) abruptly terminated a long-standing policy that implemented management for clothing-optional recreational areas in units of the State Park system. DPR officials claimed they were "doing the will of the people of California." The Naturist Education Foundation wanted to hear from the people themselves. NEF commissioned the prestigious polling firm of Zogby International to ask the questions statewide. The survey included insight into social attitudes concerning nudity, privacy and offense, as well as specific issues dealing with clothing-optional recreation on public land in general and California state parks in particular. The results were not as DPR officials had imagined them to be.
Click here for more information.

NEF Video Project: Chasing the Sun

NEF undertook and completed production of a video proactively aimed at introducing naturism to non-naturist audiences. The result is Chasing the Sun, directed by acclaimed film maker and videographer Edin Velez. Among NEF's targets are civic and community service organizations, where an improved understanding of naturism can be enormously important when extreme views on nudity are imported as part of a local issue.  Click here for more information.

Selected Past Grants

Naturist Information for Beachgoers

South Florida Free Beaches (SFFB) publishes educational and informational material for distribution to beachgoers at Haulover Beach in South Florida. Many of the recipients are new to clothing-optional area on public land. NEF made a grant to SFFB to assist in the development and printing of their primary beach brochure.

SOUTH FLORIDA FREE BEACHES

Naturism in the Heartland

NEF has made a grant to the Lake Edun Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, to assist with the production of a suite of body-positive theatrical plays in Topeka.

LAKE EDUN FOUNDATION

Preservation of Naturist Venues on Public Land

NEF has given financial support to the Wreck Beach Preservation Society for legal expenses associated with the effort to protect an important clothing-optional beach from encroaching construction.

WRECK BEACH PRESERVATION SOCIETY
 

Topfree Rights of Women

NEF was a financial supporter in the trial and appeal of Evangeline Godron, who was arrested at a municipal pool in Saskatchewan for refusing to wear a top to her swimming costume.

TOPFREE EQUAL RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
CROWN V. GODRON

Rights of Naturist Families

NEF was a financial supporter in the civil lawsuit brought by Central Texas Nudists and a Naturist family against Travis County, Texas, following the county's prohibition of families with children at Hippie Hollow, a county-operated, officially clothing-optional public park.

CTN HIPPIE HOLLOW DEFENSE FUND
CENTRAL TEXAS NUDISTS ET AL. V. TRAVIS COUNTY

Jurisdictional Issues

In a move that could set a chilling precedent that goes beyond Naturist activities, Brevard County, Florida, has insisted that it has the right to enforce its local anti-nudity ordinance on federal property at Canaveral National Seashore. Central Florida Naturists has challenged that notion in federal court, and NEF has assisted with legal expenses.

CENTRAL FLORIDA NATURISTS LEGAL FUND
CENTRAL FLORIDA NATURISTS V. WILLIAMS

Challenging Improper Enforcement

NEF arranged for legal representation and provided financial support for the successful legal challenge that resulted in the overturning by the Hawaii Supreme Court of convictions for nude sunbathing at a remote beach on Oahu.

HAWAII NATURIST SOCIETY
HAWAII V. MILFORD, ET AL.

First Amendment Issues

NEF has given financial support to a lawsuit filed against Brevard County, seeking to overturn its anti-nudity ordinance of First Amendment Constitutional grounds.

CENTRAL FLORIDA NATURISTS LEGAL FUND
FRANDSEN V. WILLIAMS

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