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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 Whitney Bank up to $250 to help member donations go twice as far.

Thank you Hancock Whitney!
Hancock Whitney Bank

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
Make an Investment in the Foundation


2021 Investors

As of June 7, 2021

Visionary: $1,001 +

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

Donna H. Ross, CAE Retired

Steward: $501 - $750

Champion: $251 - $500

Keyna Cory
Hancock Whitney
Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP
Dave Wenhold, CAE

Altruist: $101 - $250

Judy Clark
Andrew Eason, CAE
Frances Gilbert, CAE
Lynn Hupp
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Rachel Luoma, CAE
Cecily Millan
Julie Roberts
Donna Son, IOM
Stephanie Thomas, CAE, CMP

Investor: up to $100

ShonTina Allen, SHRM
Adrian Amos – Honderick, CAE
Bill Anderson, CAE
Jim Ayotte, CAE
Nicole Banks
Tamekia Bennett
Katie Bohnett
Janegale Boyd
Gregory Brooks
Beth Brunner
Dominic Calabro
Veronica Catoe
Amy Coleman
Niel Dawson
William Glenn East, CAE
Carolyn Fazio, ECAM
Bree Geers
Darin Henry
David Higgins, CAE
Jill Jackson, CMP
Eileen Johnson
Shelly Joines
Dave Kelly
Andrea Kinney
Jacqui Kiviat
Sarah Langley
Paul Ledford, CAE
Lance Lozano, CAE
Cathi Lundgren, CAE, CMP
Chance Lutz
Robert Macdonald
Christy Manderson
Tondra Matthews, CMP
Rodney McCammon
Kristyn McCauley, CMP
Sandy Merrill
Jennifer Milam
Sonja Moore
Ashley Morgan
Hester Ndoja, CAE
Lisa O'Donnell, CAE
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Paul Peeples
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Kim Reckert, DES, HMCC
Ricki Romig
Gail Siminovsky, CAE
Christy Stacey, CMP
Lana Steele, CMP
Ellen Teeter
Judith Tilton, CAE
Ana Liza Tuliao
Tammi Wathen

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