I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to chair the Foundation’s first board meeting of the new fiscal year. We had two productive days in Chicago with dedicated individuals who are giving their time, treasure and talent to our Foundation, all in an effort to better our profession. The Foundation Board is a diverse group representing all generations of the Academy membership as well as a number of sectors within nutrition and dietetics, including clinical, sports and consulting. The Board also includes two public members who work in the nutrition and dietetics profession to ensure our diversity of thought.
During our meeting, we had insightful discussions from passionate board members about the role of the Foundation and the future of our profession. We also had the opportunity to hear updates from two dynamic Academy members and Foundation Fellows: I’m so excited about their outcomes and the impact they’re having.
Marie Spiker, MSPH, RDN, our Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems Fellow, shared her progress facilitating meetings, working on Foundation Future of Food projects and promoting the Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Food and Water System dietetic internship concentration that is available for download. This Fellowship is supported by an education grant from the National Dairy Council.
Allison Yoder, MA, RDN, LD, is the Nutrition in Food Retail Program Development Fellow, and she shared her comprehensive plan to start developing a model to leverage registered dietitian nutritionists in the food retail environment to improve public health. I think we can all agree this is an exciting project. It is fully supported by a grant from Walmart.
The Board devoted time to talk about our Second Century member campaign. In 2016, we set a goal to raise $5 million from members to support efforts to address the greatest food and nutrition challenges over the next 100 years. These challenges include issues like malnutrition, hunger and sustainability. While your gift to the Annual Fund supports areas of greatest need, it doesn’t fund Second Century initiatives. A gift to the Second Century member campaign is an investment to the future of our profession that empowers nutrition and dietetics professionals to address these issues and improve the health of the public.
To-date, we have raised $4.1 million and are hoping to reach our goal by FNCE® 2020. If you have yet to make a donation, please join me in donating today. Consider an option to pledge a gift over a period of time or a single gift. The Foundation’s staff are available to help you determine your best option for giving. Email email@example.com.
Have a happy and safe summer!
Kathy Wilson-Gold MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair