Who We Are

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics professionals by empowering them to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and does not receive any portion of member dues, relying solely on donations to thrive. The success and impact of our programs and services are directly attributed to the generous support of our donors.

Read the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article “Advancing the Dietetics Profession through the Foundation’s Philanthropy” to learn more about the history of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s Mission

Through philanthropy, empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health.

The Foundation’s Vision

A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.


  • Proactive application of inclusive grant making and fundraising practices to enhance access in the dietetic profession.
  • Integration of research, professional development, and practice to stimulate innovation and discovery.
  • Collaborations to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges now and in the future.
  • A system-wide impact across the food, well-being, and health care sectors.
  • Elimination of all forms of malnutrition globally.
  • Expansion of workforce capacity, capability and the contribution of food and nutrition practitioners.
  • Accountability through transparency and fiduciary responsibility.

Foundation FAQ Sheet

Foundation Strategic Plan

Foundation Flyer

View the full-size infographic to see an overview of the Foundation’s major initiatives and achievements.

Foundation Chair Contact Information

Marcia Kyle RDN, CDCES, LD, FAND; Chair
Foundation Chair, 2024-2025

Foundation Staff Contact Information

‪Chief Revenue and Growth Officer, Academy Of Nutrition and Dietetics
Mary Beth Whalen
800/877-1600, Ext. 4820

Executive Director, Foundation
Susie Burns
800/877-1600, Ext. 4752

Development Director
Beth Labrador
800/877-1600, Ext. 4821

Program Director
Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, CD, LD
800/877-1600, Ext. 1748

Senior Development Manager
Paul Slomski
800/877-1600, Ext. 1746

Foundation Program Manager
Elisha Reichling, MS, RDN, LDN
800/877-1600, Ext. 4768

Donor Database Manager
Sandra Avelar
800/877-1600, Ext. 4767

Foundation Program Coordinator
Julia Bourland
800/877-1600, Ext. 4744


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is governed by a 13 to 15 member board of directors that includes the Academy President-Elect and Financial Treasurer, and CEO of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as up to five public members. Our Foundation Policy Manual and A Donor Bill of Rights and Privacy Policy are always available for download.

Nominating Process

The selection process for the Foundation Board is completed by the Academy Foundation Nominating Committee. Read more about the Foundation Board of Directors nominating process.

Operating Budget

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation manages nearly $29 million in restricted funds for specific scholarships, awards, research, and public awareness initiatives with defined criteria. However, dollars are needed annually to support the Foundation’s innovative initiatives, implement programs, operations and sustain the mission of advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of RDNs. Additional financial information can be found at the Academy Foundation’s Charity Navigator page. For more information, download our FY23 990 form.

Previous 990 Forms