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

Thank you Hancock Whitney!
Hancock Whitney Bank

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 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.

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded 385 grants totaling $232,685 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $342,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $369,000 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 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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2022 Investors

As of December 13, 2022

Visionary: $1,001 +

Hancock Whitney Bank

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

William Glenn East, CAE

Steward: $501 - $750

Champion: $251 - $500

Carolyn Fazio, ECAM
Victor Raymos
Donna Ross, CAE Ret.
Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP
Eleanor Warmack, CAE

Altruist: $101 - $250

Tamekia Bennett
Janegale Boyd
Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Larry Darnell, MBA, CAE
Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, CGMP
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Paul Ledford, CAE
Cathi Lundgren, CAE, CMP
Rachel Luoma, CAE
Maneesha Manges
Sandra Merrill
Lisa Miller Pacella, CMP
Amanda Motes, CMP
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Partners in Association Management
Virginia Phillips
Gail Siminovsky, CAE
Dan Sullivan
Jessica Walters
Jim Zaniello, FASAE

Investor: up to $100

Adrian Amos - Honderick, CAE
William Anderson, CAE
Jim Ayotte, CAE
Nicole Banks, CAE
Malarie Barineau
Alan Beaubien
David Bennett, CAE
Mandy Bianchi
Amanda Bowen
Yolanda Cardiff
Jeanice Caskey, CMP
Veronica Catoe
Amy Coleman
Melissa Petiot
Sue Damon
Charmell Davis
Aubrie Leigh Eagerton, CMP
Frances Gilbert, CAE
Mary Graddick
Christie Grant
Jennifer Green, CAE
Joe Grimes, CAE
Peter Dyga, CAE
Nicole Harrison
Lauren Hatton
Darin Henry
Michael Howland, CAE
Krystal Humphrey
Jill Jackson, CMP
Dawn Jimenez
Shelly Joines, CMP
Teresa Kinney, CAE
Mark Landreth
Carol Lanham
Steven Louchheim, CAE
Salina Lourenco
Lance Lozano, CAE
Charla Lucas
Kristyn McCauley, CAE, CMP
Tian Merren Owens
Scott Merritt
Jennifer Milam
Ashley Morgan
Mark Musselman
Hester Ndoja, CAE
Lauren C. Nelson
Joe Nullet
Gregg Patterson
Barbara Peck
Nate Penha
Philip Pomeroy
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Mary Lou Rajchel
Sharon Rigsby Heierman
Julie Ryczak
Emily Shirley
Alexis Simoneau, CAE
Donna Son, IOM
Christy Stacey, CMP
Lana Steele, CMP
Chip Tatum, CAE
Ellen Teeter
Herbie Thiele
Stephen Trickey, CAE
Veronica Catoe
Nealy Wheat, CAE
Michele White, CAE
Nikki Wiktorsson, CMP
Kelli Williams
MaryBeth Williams
Amie Williamson
Jason Winn

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