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

Karin Soyster Fitzgerald

Karin Soyster Fitzgerald

Association Management and Logistics Consultant

“I hope no one ever needs the assistance, but MIF is ready for those that have exhausted resources and are in crisis. It’s an easy way for us ALL to give back.”

Karen Gonzales, CMP

Karen Gonzales, CMP


“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!”

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.”

Regina Rink

Regina Rink

Sales Director - Destination Toronto

“It’s important to me to try to make a difference by giving back as much as possible. I’m looking forward to helping those in our amazing industry who need help.

Martin (Marty) Balogh

Martin (Marty) Balogh

Retired - Associate Executive Director, Meetings and Travel Group, American Bar Association

After many years of a rewarding career in the meeting industry, it is a honor to give back to the profession.

Walter (Walt) E. Galanty, Jr.

Walter (Walt) E. Galanty, Jr.

President - AIM Meetings and Events

All of us, at some time, need a helping hand. The anonymity of the MIF allows us to give back without embarrassing anyone in their time of 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. 

How much can I ask for? 

Funds granted will be assessed and 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. All applications remain anonymous during this application process.

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. Your information will be kept anonymous unless you provide us with explicit permission. 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.