Everyone can help make a difference for those in crisis!
Board of Directors
Karen Gonzales, CMP
Treasurer | 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!”
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
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.”
Retired - Hilton Senior Director of Sales & Industry Relations“It’s my time to give back to industry that has given me tremendous opportunities.”
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.”
Association Management, Convention and Tradeshow Consulting
“In an industry that spends its time making sure we take care of our customers, also taking care of each other when necessary is more than just a good idea – it’s the right thing to do.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for assistance?
Individuals who are directly involved in the planning, execution, delivery
How do I apply?
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.
Do I have to pay the fund back?
There is no requirement to pay the Fund back.
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.
What types of of resources are available?
An emergency situation causing you an unforeseen financial crisis involving basic living necessities. The MIF will generally approve requests that enable you to put food on your table and have a roof over your head. Read some of our grant stories.