About The Meetings Industry Fund

A helping hand for meetings professionals when they need help the most, The Meetings Industry Fund was founded to provide financial assistance during times of crisis like a disaster, medical illness, or an emergency.

Everyone can help make a difference for those in crisis!

Board of Directors

Karen Gonzales, CMP

Karen Gonzales, CMP

Director of Partner Relations | IAEE

“I have been in the meetings industry and have given back by volunteering, mentoring, etc.  The Meetings Industry Fund offers a way in which I can support those who are in our industry and in crisis – this is when they need assistance most!”
Neal Couture

Neal Couture

Associate Dean of Finance and Administration | Boston College

“My  love for the people in the meetings industry drove me to serve on the Board of MIF to give back: to help the people in this community who find themselves in need.”
Gary Schirmacher

Gary Schirmacher

Senior Vice President, Industry Presence and Strategic Development | Experient

“The Meetings Industry Fund gives back, providing emergency assistance to those who provide service of all types to the meetings industry that touches my heart every time a grant is given.”
Jo Ann Hoffman

Jo Ann Hoffman

Regional Director of Sales | ConventionPlanit.com

“After my almost lifelong service to the meetings and hospitality industry, I feel I should give back to a wonderful life experience. Many of our industry members have been affected by crisis during their tenure.  There is no better way to support those in need.”
Dahlia El Gazzar

Dahlia El Gazzar

Tech Evangelist + Idea Ignieur + Netweaver

“Everyone needs a lifeline sometime in their lives. I care about my fellow eventprofs with a passion.”
David Giger

David Giger

Retired - Hilton Senior Director of Sales & Industry Relations

“It’s my time to give back to industry that has given me tremendous opportunities.”
Gay Holden

Gay Holden

Regional Director of Sales | DMI Hotels

“During a long career in hospitality & meetings, I am pleased to be able to work to help those in need during an emergency.”
Cara Frank

Cara Frank

Vice President of Marketing

“It’s a no brainer to serve people in need.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for assistance?

Individuals who are directly involved in the planning, execution, delivery and support of meetings.

How do I apply? 

Applying is easy. Simply fill out this form. We will contact you within 24 hours and provide an answer shortly thereafter. If this is an emergency, please email us.

How much can I ask for? 

There is no set limit. Amounts granted will be determined by the Board of Directors based on each individual situation and available resources.

What kinds of things are covered? 

A situation that is causing you a financial crisis involving basic living necessities. We will generally approve requests that involve your ability to put food on your table and a roof over your head. Read some of our grant stories.

Who approves an application?

The Board of The Meetings Industry Fund reviews and judges each application based on the criteria established in our bylaws.

Do I have to pay the fund back? 

There is no requirement to pay the Fund back. However the Fund’s ability to help others depends on having the resources to do that. If and when you are able to do so, a donation back to the Fund of any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Is my information kept private? 

Your information will be kept in the strictest confidence. No one other than the members of The Meetings Industry Fund Board of Directors will see your application. Also, if you prefer that a particular board member NOT see your information, please email The Meetings Industry Fund with your request, which will be honored.

Is my contribution tax deductible? 

YES.  The Meetings Industry Fund is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 47-3719452). Your gift is very much appreciated and tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowed by law.