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The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Annual Report

Learn more about how your contributions impact the association industry through education and professional development for all FSAE members.

Thank you Rapid Press for sponsoring this report!

Click here to view the report online.

About the FSAE Foundation

Foundation Mission: Support education, research, professional development, publications, and public relations efforts for the association management professional.

The FSAE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in December 1984 with the purpose of enhancing the Society’s programs and services through education, grants, research and certification initiatives. The FSAE Foundation continues to be supported entirely by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions and grants from corporate donors.

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded 239 grants totaling $142,700 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $222,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $277,000 has been used to implement Foundation initiatives including industry reports and surveys. Giving back to your profession guarantees that association professionals will continue to have the best education and resources available to excel in their career, and in the industry.

The FSAE Foundation is directly responsible for providing the following to FSAE members:

  • Scholarships/Grants for professional development education and certificacations
  • Executive Series Luncheons on current issues/events - free for all association staff members
  • Think Tank symposium of association leaders to solve industry issues & generate new, practical ideas as well as publish white papers to educate others on findings
  • Research surveys/reports such as the Compensation Survey and Economic Impact Survey
  • Underwriting speaker fees for Annual Conference

Our Vision

Through being a bellwether in the field of nurturing leaders in association management, the FSAE Foundation will develop engaged and qualified professionals whose use of best practices and standards of excellence benefit all in association management and its supporting industries.

Our Values

We intend to move the FSAE Foundation from an "A" organization to an "A+" organization by strengthening the leadership position of the FSAE Foundation as a "thought leader" among key constituents - donors, FSAE members, and other leaders in the association management arena.

Our efforts will be guided by the following values:

  • Leadership in professional development and certification of association management professionals
  • Excellence in scholarship, research, education, training, and collaboration
  • Integrity in everything we do
  • Accountability and service to each other, our state, and our industry
  • Respect for the intrinsic worth of individuals and their ideas, including staff, boards, members, suppliers, volunteers, and donors
  • Commitment to racial, cultural, demographic, and gender diversity in our policies, personnel, and programs
  • Prudent application of knowledge and resources 
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2017 Investors

as of July 27 2017

Visionary: $1,001 and higher
IntrinXec Managment
Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000
Bennett Napier, CAE

Champion: $251 - $500
Barney Bishop III

Altruist: $101 - $250
KayDubois Carson
Jan Dobson, APR, CAE
Sue Fern
Fran Gilbert, CAE
Karl Kaufmann
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Rachel Luoma, CAE
Al Pasini, CAE
John Piland
Donna Son, IOM
Dan Sullivan

Investor: up to $100
Elizabeth Aperauch
Gabriela Arisso, CMP
Jim Ayotte, CAE
Erin Ballas
Paula Baumgardner
Debby Beck
Ian Black
Amanda Bowen
Greg Brooks
Beth Brunner
Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Veronica Catoe
Barbara Cook
Steve Crist
Danielle Dunfee
Zack Dunlap
Doug Eadie
Carolyn Fazio, ECAM
Jennifer Green, CAE
Allison Harrell
Sheila Hauser
Brecht Heuchan
David Higgins, CAE
Carolyn Hinson
Amy Holmes, CAE
Jill Jackson, CMP
Kathy M. Keiffer
Debby Knorowski
Patrick La Pine
Sarah Langley
Jessica Lowe-Minor
Lisette Mariner, CAE
Rodney McCammon
Kristin McWhorter, CAE
Autumn Merrill
Meghan Millard
Chip Minick
Richard Miseyko, CMP, CMM
Tom Morrison
Hester Ndoja, CAE
Rusty Payton, CAE
NaSheba Prentis
Richard Rasmussen
Esther Navas Reed
Dean Ridings, CAE
Gail Siminovsky, CAE
Alexis Simoneau
Bob Thompson
Carla Trine
Nancy Vargas
Debbie Wysocki

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