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Foundation Matching Partner: Hancock Whitney
"Small change" (and checks) collected at statewide FSAE Power Luncheons will be matched by Hancock Whitney Bank again in 2024 for up to $250 to help member donations go twice as far. In 2023 they matched over $1,815 and in 2022 over $1,660 - thank you!!

Thank you Hancock Whitney!
Hancock Whitney Bank

2023 FSAE Foundation Annual Report

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Annual Report

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

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.

For the past 20+ years, the Foundation has awarded 403 grants totaling $243,170 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $362,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $389,000 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. Make an Investment

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

  • Scholarships/Grants for professional development education and certifications
  • 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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2023 Investors

As of December 31, 2023

Visionary: $1,001 +

Keyna Cory
William Glenn East, CAE, RCE
Hancock Whitney
Hyatt Hotels in Florida

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

FL Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Assn
Ocean Properties, Hotels & Resorts & Affiliates
Victor J. Raymos, RCE, CRS, ABR
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell
Jim Zaniello, FASAE

Steward: $501 - $750

Tara Liaschenko, CMM
Novi AMS

Champion: $251 - $500

Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Toby Cummings, CAE
Patty Flanagan
Christy Gandy
Carol Hawk, CAE, RCE
Amanda Motes
Audrey Ring
Donna H. Ross, CAE Ret.
Robert J. Sniffen

Altruist: $101 - $250

Allied Societies Alliance
Kathy B. Anderson, CAE, IOM
Paul Bebee
Tamekia F. Bennett
Beth P. Brunner,
Calhoun Management
Laura R. Caputo, J.D.
Peter M. Dyga, CAE
Andrew Eason, CAE
Carolyn R. Fazio, ECAM
Judy Gray
Joe Grimes, CAE
Melea Guilbault
Paul A. Ledford, CAE, DPL
Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Mark McSweeney, CAE
Sandy Merrill
Donna Oser, CAE
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Rosen Hotels & Resorts
The Shores Resort & Spa
Gail S. Siminovsky, CAE
Crissy Tallman, CMP, CAE, CEM
Ellen Teeter, AP
Jessica Walters
J. Nealy Wheat, CAE, SPHR

Investor: up to $100

Jennifer K. Abdelnour, CAE
Adrian Amos - Honderick, CAE
Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP
Barbara J. Armentrout, CAE
Heather Armstrong, MBA, CMP
Jim Ayotte, MBA, CAE
Erin Ballas
Becky Barlow
Brian Bazinet
Alan Beaubien, CHA
Mandy Bianchi
Mariama S. Boney, LMSW, CAE, CPEC
Janegale M. Boyd
Gregory Brooks
Christine Capozzi Adkins
Veronica Catoe
Ian Cordes, MBA, NHA
Niel Dawson
Thomas Deison
Aitza Diaz
Sue Ebbers, PhD
Dr. Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, CGMP
Jeannie Garner
Jennifer J. Green, DPL, CAE
Laurie Gussak, MBA, IOM, CAE
Rodney Gutierrez, CMP
Brandon Hall, CMP
Mary Hartney
Taylor Hendrickson
Darin G. Henry
David Higgins, CAE
Karen N. Hollern
Charlie Hunter
Jill M. Jackson, CMP
Dawn Jimenez
Shelly Joines, CMP
Teresa King Kinney, CAE, RCE
Jeff Kottkamp, Esq.
Deidra Kring, CMP, CAE
Alexis Langley, CAE
Sarah Langley, CAE
Salina Lourenco
Lance Lozano, CAE
Charla Lucas
Cathi C. Lundgren, CAE, CMP
Christy Manderson
Morgan Maravich CTIS, CTP, CSTP
Tondra Matthews, CMP
Jeremy Mercado
Scott Merritt
Richard Miseyko, CMP, CMM
Marina Mitusova, CMP
Jeff Nall
Hester C. Ndoja, CAE
Wendy Nicodemus
Matt C. Pave
Barbara Peck
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Mary Lou Rajchel
Belkis Ramos
Deirdre Rhodes
Sharon G Rigsby Heierman, CAE
Frank H. Rudd, CMP, CAE
Meghan Shiner
Nicole Smith
Christy Stacey, CMP
Leigh Stehlik
Dan Sullivan
Stephen Trickey, CAE
Duncan Wall
Kristina Walters
Tammi Wathen
Richard Watson
Michele L. White, CAE
Nikki L. Wiktorsson

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