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2022 Foundation Matching Partner: Hancock Whitney
"Small change" (and checks) collected at statewide FSAE Power Luncheons will be matched by Hancock Whitney Bank again in 2022 for up to $250 to help member donations go twice as far.

Thank you Hancock Whitney!
Hancock Whitney Bank

2021 Foundation Annual Report

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 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 365 grants totaling $218,200 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $322,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $349,000 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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2021 Investors

As of December 31, 2021

Visionary: $1,001 +

Hancock Whitney Bank
Donna H. Ross, CAE Retired

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP

Steward: $501 - $750

Champion: $251 - $500

Keyna Cory
Dave Wenhold, CAE

Altruist: $101 - $250

Tamekia Bennett
Janegale Boyd
Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Judy Clark
Andrew Eason, CAE
Carolyn Fazio, ECAM
Dr. Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, CHMP
Frances Gilbert, CAE
Lynn Hupp
Tina Kautter, CAE
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Paul Ledford, CAE
Cathi Lundgren, CAE, CMP
Rachel Luoma, CAE
Sandy Merrill
Cecily Millan
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Julie Roberts
Gail Siminovsky, CAE
Donna Son, IOM
Stephanie Thomas, CAE, CMP
Nealy Wheat, CAE, SPHR
Jim Zaniello, FASAE

Investor: up to $100

Jennifer Abdelnour
ShonTina Allen, SHRM
Adrian Amos – Honderick, CAE
Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP
Jim Ayotte, CAE
Erin Ballas
Nicole Banks
Katie Bohnett
Martina Brawer
Gregory Brooks, CAE
Beth Brunner, MBA, CAE
Dominic Calabro
Veronica Catoe
Amy Coleman
Sherry Colodny
Jack Cory
Niel Dawson
Jan Dobson, CAE
William Glenn East, CAE
Sue Ebbers
Brooke Ferrell
Bree Geers
Liane Giroux
Steve Glass
Darin Henry
David Higgins, CAE
Michael Howland, CAE
Jill Jackson, CMP
Dawn Jimenez
Eileen Johnson
Wendy Johnson
Shelly Joines
Lena Juarez
Marvelless Mark Kamp
Dave Kelly
Andrea Kinney
Jacqui Kiviat
Sarah Langley
Laurie LoRe-Gussak, MBA, IOM, CAE
Steven Louchheim, CAE
Lance Lozano, CAE
Charla Lucas
Chance Lutz
Robert Macdonald, CAE
Christy Manderson
Kathy Masterson
Tondra Matthews, CMP
Kevin Mayeux, CAE
Rodney McCammon
Kristyn McCauley, CAE, CMP
Jordan Merrill
Jennifer Milam
Richard Miseyko, CMM
Ashley Morgan
Hester Ndoja, CAE
Suzanne Neve
Joe Nullet
Lisa O'Donnell, CAE
Albert Pasini, CAE
Barbara Peck
Paul Peeples
Nate Penha
Ginger Phillips-Schiller, Edd, CMM
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Mary Lou Rajchel
Victor Raymos, RCE, CRS, ABR
Kim Reckert, DES, HMCC
Sharon Rigsby Heierman
Ricki Romig
Donna Ross, CAE Ret.
Pat Schneider
Nicole Smith
Christy Stacey, CMP
Susan Stafford
Lana Steele, CMP
Leigh Stehlik
Crissy Tallman, CAE, CMP
Ellen Teeter, AP
Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE
Judith Tilton, CAE
Stephen Trickey, CAE
Charlotte Truong
Ana Liza Tuliao
Wilson Ulloa
Ana Ventura
Jessica Walters
Tina Ward
Tammi Wathen
Marta Weinstein
Christina Welty
Michele White, CAE
Nikki Wiktorsson, CMP

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