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Announcing 2021 Foundation Matching Partner Hancock Whitney
"Small change" (and checks) collected at statewide FSAE Power Luncheons will be matched by Hancock Whiteney Bank up to $250 to help member dontaions go twice as far.

Thank you Hancock Whitney!
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2020 Foundation Annual Report

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 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 348 grants totaling $208,195 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $302,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $329,000 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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2020 Investors

As of Dec 31, 2020

Visionary: $1,001 +

William Glenn East, CAE, RCE

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

Steward: $501 - $750

Bennett Napier, II, CAE
Lonny Powell
Centennial Bank

Champion: $251 - $500

Jaime Caldwell
Lisa Reilly-Covington
Donna H. Ross, CAE Retired
Frank H. Rudd, CMP, CAE

Altruist: $101 - $250

Carolyn R. Fazio, ECAM
David Garrison CPA, RCE, CAE
Steve Glass, CAE, CMP
Cheryl James
Deidra Kring, CMP, CAE
Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Pat Schneider, CMP, CMM
Gail S. Siminovsky, CAE
Lana Steele, CMP
J. Nealy Wheat, CAE, SPHR
Jim Zaniello, FASAE

Investor: up to $100

Jennifer K. Abdelnour, CAE
Kendra Adams
Adrian Amos - Honderick, CAE
Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP
Cora Baker, CAE, RCE
Stan Barnes, CFP, CLU, AIF
Tejika Baweja
Abigail Bayer
David Bennett, CMLX-1, RCE, CAE
Mandy Bianchi
Robert Stephen Blake
Katie Jane Bohnett
Emily Bond
Steven Bonda, CMP
Janegale M. Boyd
Martina Brawer
Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Susan Budner
Veronica Catoe
Megan Chism
Robin Cole
Alina Cooper, CAE
Ian Cordes, MBA, NHA
Eric Criss, PhD
Steve Crist
Angela Delune
Jonathan Dolan
Beth Dye
Peter M. Dyga, CAE
Betty Eckebrecht, CAE
Mark Fontaine
Dr. Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, CGMP
Tammy Gantt
Bree Geers
Vanessa Goode
Letreze Taylor, CMP
Christie Grant
Joe Grimes, CAE
Debbie Guilfoil
Leigh Harris
Eddie Hatch, CFP, AIF
Megan Hendricks
David Higgins, CAE
Amy J. Holmes, CAE
Danielle Hopkins, CMP
Krystal Humphrey
Jill M. Jackson, CMP
Neil Jenkins
Emily Jennings
Dawn Jimenez
Wendy E. Johnson
Shelly Joines
Samadhi Jones
Marsha Kiner, CAE
Alison Knieriemen
Danny Langfield
Sarah Langley 
Michelle Larson
Paul A. Ledford, CAE, DPL
Steven Louchheim, CAE
Lance Lozano, CAE
Charla Lucas
Cathi C. Lundgren, CAE, CMP
Kristin Marshall, CMP
Tondra Matthews, CMP
Rodney McCammon
Kristyn McCauley, CMP
Lindsey McClain
Alyssa McKernan
Sandy Merrill
Jennifer Milam
Cecily Millan
Richard Miseyko, CMP, CMM
Sonja Moore
Ashley Morgan
Hester C. Ndoja, CAE
Suzanne Neve
Joe Nullet
Susan Obarski, CAE
Barbara Peck
Philip Pomeroy
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Mary Lou Rajchel
Kim Reckert, DES, HMCC
Anneessa D. Reid
Deirdre Rhodes
John Ricco, CAE
H. Dean Ridings, CAE
Sharon G Rigsby Heierman, CAE
Lindy Rome
Julia Rooney
Carrie Root, Ph.D.
Autumn Sanabria
Diana Schneider
Emily Shirley
Donna M. Son, IOM
Christy Stacey, CMP
Ellen Teeter, AP
Lauren Thompson
Judith D. Tilton
Stephen Trickey
Ryan Tucholski, CAE, RCE
Cindy Vallely
Jessica Walters
Michele L. White, CAE
Nikki L. Wiktorsson, CMP
Kelli Williams 

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