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Centennial Bank Matching Program Raises over $4,000 for the Foundation in 2019 and is continuing the Power Luncheon Match for 2020!

Thank you Centennial Bank!

2019 Foundation Annual Report

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Report

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

Thank you U.S. 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 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
Make an Investment in the Foundation


2020 Investors

As of Oct. 5, 2020

Visionary: $1,001 +

William Glenn East, CAE, RCE

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

Steward: $501 - $750

Bennett Napier, II, CAE
Lonny Powell

Champion: $251 - $500

Centennial Bank
Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP

Altruist: $101 - $250

Jaime Caldwell
Lisa Covington
Cheryl James
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Rachel Luoma, CAE
Pat Schneider, CMP, CMM
Gail Siminovsky, CAE
J. Nealy Wheat, CAE

Investor: up to $100

Adrian Amos – Honderick, CAE
Bill Anderson, CAE
Cora Baker, CAE, RCE, CIPS
Stan Barnes
Tejika Baweja
Mandy Bianchi
Katie Bohnett
Emily Bond
Steven Bonda, CMP
Janegale Boyd
Martina Brawer, CAE
Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Susan Budner
Veronica Catoe
Megan Chism
Robin Cole
Eric Criss, PhD
Angela Delune
Beth Dye
Peter Dyga, CAE
Betty Eckebrecht, CAE
Carolyn Fazio, ECAM
Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, CGMP
Tammy Gantt
Bree Geers
Steve Glass, CAE, CMP
Vanessa Goode
Letreze Gooding Taylor, CMP
Christie Grant
Joe Grimes, CAE
Debbie Guilfoil
Eddie Hatch, CFP, AIF
David Higgins, CAE
Amy Holmes, CAE
Emily Jennings
Wendy Johnson
Shelly Joines
Samadhi Jones
Sarah Langley
Paul Ledford, CAE
Steven Louchheim, CAE
Lance Lozano, CAE
Cathi Lundgren, CMP
Tondra Matthews, CMP
Rodney McCammon
Lindsey McClain
Alyssa McKernan
Ashley Merrill
Jennifer Milam
Richard Miseyko, CMP, CMM
Hester Ndoja, CAE
Suzanne Neve, CAE
Susan Obarski
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Barbara Peck
Philip Pomeroy
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Kim Reckert
Anneessa Reid
Deirdre Rhodes
John Ricco, CAE
Dean Ridings, CAE
Lindy Rome
Diana Schneider
Donna Son, IOM
Lana Steele, CMP
Ellen Teeter
Lauren Thompson
Judith Tilton
Cindy Vallely
Michele White, CAE
Nikki Wiktorsson, CMP
Kelli Williams

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