Grants for Professional Development 

 

Grants include funding to attend Annual Conference, earn CAE/CMP certifications, and special grants for communication staffers, Young Professionals, Small Staff, Under-Represented Diverse Groups and one specifically for a non-member (tell your friends!). Thanks to our generous corporate partners and member contributions, we’ve awarded 29 grants totaling $16,630 for professional development funding. Thank you to all our contributors that make this possible.

Congratulations 2018 Grant Winners!

Foundation Grants | Eligibility and Criteria | IOM Grant

About Foundation Grants

One of the primary purposes of the Florida Society of Association Executives Foundation is to encourage member professional development and certification through financial support. The FSAE Foundation has provided awards for many years to FSAE members through the generosity of Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels in Florida, Marriott International Hotel & Resorts of Florida, MemberClicks, Naylor Association Solutions, Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the contributions of FSAE members, and other supporters.

         

      

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded 290 grants totaling $172,985 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $262,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $299,000 has been used to implement Foundation initiatives including industry reports and surveys.

NEW FOR 2018! Hilton Diversity & Inclusion Grant

Grant Amount: $800 - This Grant is designed to assist an Association Executive in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference. The award will support the recipient in covering the costs of registration fees or travel expenses associated with the FSAE Annual Conference. This grant is available to FSAE members and non-members who meet the grant criteria. (For non-members, the grant will cover dues for the current membership year AND registration to the FSAE Annual Conference.) The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award. Funds can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient does not use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

Eligibility Criteria for Hilton Diversity & Inclusion Grant:

  • Eligible candidates must be a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, LGBTQ Community, or a person with a disability, and currently employed in an association

The Hilton Grant is generously provided by the following Hilton Partners: Boca Raton Resort & Club, Casa Marina Key West - A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South, Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, The Roosevelt Hotel, and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Thank you!

 

NEW FOR 2018! MemberClicks Small Staff Grant

Grant Amount: $500 - MemberClicks Small Staff Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through educational training at the FSAE Annual Conference. To qualify, you must be a full-time employee for an Association with fewer than 20 people on staff.  MemberClicks is an Association Management Software that focuses on meeting the needs of small staff associations across the country. This award will support the recipient in covering the costs of registration fees and/or travel expenses associated with the FSAE Annual Conference. The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award. Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient does not use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

  

Hyatt Hotels in Florida Grant

Grant Amount: $600 - This Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through education at the ASAE or FSAE Annual Conference, or other approved Association Management Program or for training to earn the CAE or CMP.  The award will support the recipient in covering the cost of fees associated with the professional development.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

 

Marriott International Hotels & Resorts of Florida Grant

Grant Amount: $575 - This Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference.  The award will support the recipient in covering the costs of registration fees or travel expenses associated with the FSAE Annual Conference.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient does not use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

2018 Grant Recipients

Hilton Diversity & Inclusion Grant

  • Kerry Gomez-Rios, Director of Member Relations, FL Dental Assn 
  • Alonda Hill, Member Services Coordinator, Partners in Association Management

Hyatt Hotels in Florida Grant

  • Danielle Jessup, CMP, Chief Staff Executive, Partners in Association Management 
  • Lance Lozano, CAE, COO, FL United Businesses Assn 
  • Kristyn McCauley, Program Manager/Meeting Planner, Partners in Association Management
  • Carrie Millar, MBA, CAE; Director of Operation, FDA Services 
  • Suzanne Neve, CEO, FL Festivals & Events Assn 
  • Adrienne Segundo, IOM, COO, Limitless Assn Solution Resource

MARSAT – Marriott International Grant

  • Amanda Bowen, Vice President, nancy d. Stephens & Associates, LLC 
  • Lisa Kamper, Chief Staff Executive, Partners in Association Management 
  • Meghan Millard, Senior Account Executive, Lohrengel & Associates 
  • Lisa O’Donnell, CAE, Executive Director, FL Library Assn 
  • Christina Welty, Chief Staff Executive/Program Manager, Partners in Association Management 
  • Michele White, CAE, Associate Executive Director, FL Assoc of School Administrators

MemberClicks Small Staff Grant

  • Valeria Anderson, IOM, Director of Operations, Center for Fine Arts Educations 
  • Ava Jones, Member Information Specialist, FL Swimming Pool Assn

Naylor Association Solutions Communications Grant

  • Elisabeth Oberman, Director of Marketing and Communications, FL Manufactured Housing Assn 

Naylor New Member Grant

  • Jeff Doran, Public Information Coordinator, The Florida Bar

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grant

  • Cora Baker, CAE, RCE, CIPS, Chief Executive Staff, New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors 
  • Veronica Catoe, COO, FL Assisted Living Assn

FSAE Foundation Associate Grant

  • Timothy Bell, Director Global Sales, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts 
  • Steven Bonda, CMP, Global Project Manager, ConferenceDirect 
  • Alina Cooper, CAE, Founder and President, Catalina Solutions, LLC

FSAE Foundation CAE/CMP Grant

  • Mandy Bianchi, Executive Director, Epilepsy Assn of the Big Bend 
  • Gabrielle Gabrielli, President and CEO, Gabrielle Consulting

FSAE Foundation Young Professionals Grant

  • Erin Ballas, Associate, Public Affairs Consultants 
  • Shelly Joines, Program Manager, Partners in Association Management 
  • Brooke Martin, Marketing Coordinator, FL Dental Assn 
  • Jennifer Tedder, CMP, Program Coordinator, FL Dental Assn

 

Naylor Association Solutions Communications Grant AND New Member Grant

Grant Amount: Conference Registration - There are two new grant opportunities generously offered by Naylor Association Solutions. The Communications Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member, who has been working for at least one year in a communications, marketing or membership role, in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference. The recipient must be a direct employee of an association, not a contracted representative or vendor of an association. The recipient’s registration fee or travel expenses will be covered, and they must use the award within 12 months. The award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

Grant Amount: Conference Registration + Dues - The Naylor New Member Grant will be awarded to someone who is relatively new to the association industry, with 2 years or less experience, and who is not currently a member of FSAE or has not been a member for the past 3 years. The recipient must be a direct employee of an association, not a contracted representative or vendor of an association. The grant will assist this person in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference, and will also cover their membership dues for one year. The recipient’s membership dues and the registration fee will be covered, and they must use the award within 12 months. The award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

 

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grant 

Grant Amount: $500 - This Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference.  The award will support the recipient in covering the costs of registration fees or travel expenses associated with the FSAE Annual Conference.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient does not use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

 

 

FSAE Foundation CAE or CMP Grant

Grant Amount: $1,000 - These grants are designed to assist FSAE Association Executives and Associate Supplier Members in gaining the professional development needed to obtain the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE) designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) or the Event Industry Council's (EIC) designation of Certified Meeting Planner (CMP).  The grant will support the recipient in covering the cost of the application fees, study class registration, and study materials.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for fees associated with CAE or CMP application fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient leaves the association management field within one year of receiving the award or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

This grant is funded by member contributions to the FSAE Foundation. Thank you!

 

FSAE Foundation Associate Member Grant

Grant Amount: $500 - This grant is designed to assist an FSAE Associate Supplier Member in gaining professional development at the FSAE Annual Conference. These awards are offered to assist recipients cover the costs of the registration fee or travel expenses in getting to the FSAE Annual Conference. The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award. Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.

This grant is funded by member contributions to the FSAE Foundation. Thank you!

 

FSAE Foundation Young Professionals Grant

Grant Amount: $500 - This grant is designed to assist an FSAE Executive and Associate Young Professional Member in gaining professional development at the FSAE Annual Conference or Education Expo.  (Young Professionals are defined as FSAE members that are 35 years old and under or less than 3 years in the industry.)  These awards are offered to assist recipients cover the costs of the registration fee or travel expenses in getting to the FSAE Annual Conference.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

This grant is funded by member contributions to the FSAE Foundation. Thank you! 

 


Eligibility Criteria for all Grants:

  • Must complete the Scholarship/Grant Application

  • Must be a current FSAE member unless selected grant is available to non-members

  • Must have been a member of FSAE/TSAE for at least 1 year

  • Did not receive any award from the FSAE Foundation in 2017

  • Cannot be a current member of the FSAE Board of Directors, FSAE Foundation Board of Trustees, or the Grant Committee

  • Must be involved in the Association Profession/Market/Industry for at least 2 years (unless you are applying for the Naylor New Member Grant or Young Professional Grant)

  • Cannot be reimbursed for fees, expenses, or exam costs paid for by employer

  • For Hilton Diversity Grants Only: Must be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group, the LGBTQ Community or a person with a disability

  • For YP Grants only: Must be a FSAE member that is 35 years old and under or have less than 3 years experience in the industry

Criteria Points Structure (max points available 70 - max points available for YP grant applicants: 85; not applicable for Hilton Diversity & Inclusion Grant applicants)

The FSAE Foundation rewards members that contribute their time or money to FSAE, but grants are not awarded solely on merit or volunteering for our organization. Other volunteer service and financial needs are also taken into account for grant awards.

  • Total number of years as an FSAE/TSAE Member (if you put different numbers for each, we will take the larger number of years): 1 point for each year; Max 10

  • Number of years as an FSAE Foundation Contributor (cash contribution): 4 points for each year; Max 20

  • Number of years in the association profession/ industry: 1 point for each year; Max 10

  • Association Management Educational Courses in last 5 years: 1 point for each course listed; Max 10

  • Volunteer Experience on a FSAE, TSAE or Foundation Committee in last 5 years: 3 pts for each Committee listed; Max 10

  • Other community – based volunteer activities in last 5 years: 1 point for each activity listed; Max 10

  • (FOR YP GRANTS ONLY) Submit letter(s) of recommendation from someone (current or former) that the applicant has volunteered or worked with over the last 5 years: 5 points for each letter submitted; Max 15

  • If you have received an FSAE Foundation Scholarship or Grant in past years: -5 points (minus 5 points); per year awarded within the past 5 years

 Apply for a Grant

Application Deadline: April 30


 

Institute for Organization Management (IOM) Tuition Grant

The Florida Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2018 sites. The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships.

For over 95 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers. Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence. The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.

Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Hester Ndoja, CAE, at [email protected] by October 16.

Early registration deadline for Winter Institute is November 16.

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.

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The association industry is a major professional, business and economic driver in Florida. FSAE endeavors to reach out broadly to a diverse community of professionals to assist with their professional educational and career development. Opportunities to create additional grants/scholarships to reach more members are always available. We welcome your donation to the Foundation so that we can continue the good work. For more information or to make your contribution please contact Hester Ndoja, CAE, at [email protected].