Foundation Events

Foundation 2023 FNCE® Events – REGISTER TODAY!

You can sign-up for Foundation FNCE Events by adding them to your existing registration by going back into your FNCE® registration dashboard and selecting the event.

When you register and participate in a Foundation FNCE® event, you help make a difference in the lives of your fellow Academy members, through scholarships, awards, grants, fellowships, nutrition public education programs and disaster relief efforts. Our Foundation invests in the current and future generation of food and nutrition practitioners, as the world’s largest provider of dietetic scholarships at all levels of study and provides hundreds of opportunities each year to students who are pursuing their dreams to thrive in our profession. The Foundation does not receive any portion of member dues and is funded solely by donations. The success and impact of our programs are directly attributed to the generosity of our donors.

Join us for any or all of these events in Denver this year or virtually through our 5k or Silent Auction, and you will be helping students like Sandra pursue their dreams  of becoming a Registered Dietitian!

Coley Garrison

"I am very thankful because this scholarship has allowed me to enroll in both programs concurrently and keep working hard towards my goal of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist."

Sandra Quiroz Elizondo
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Diversity Scholarship


Proceeds from all Foundation Events and Sponsorships Support the Foundation’s Annual Fund and used where needed most.

President’s Party with a Purpose

Date: Sunday, October 8
Time: 8 – 9:30 p.m. (Mountain time)


Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1385 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80204

Join Academy President Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, for the President’s Party with a Purpose. Taking place in the artfully decorated lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located a short walking distance from the Colorado Convention Center, the President’s Party with a Purpose is sure to be a fun evening and a great way to unwind while also supporting the Foundation.

Join hundreds of your peers for an evening of music, dancing and mingling. The registration cost includes dessert stations, specialty cocktails and mocktails. The dress code is business casual or, if you choose, get into the Colorado spirit and wear your favorite “mountain chic” pieces: floral print dresses, suede jackets, cowboy boots and hats and bolo ties.

This party has a purpose: Empowering the future of your profession!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation — the only public charity dedicated exclusively to our profession, supporting nutrition and dietetics. Purchase tickets via the FNCE® Registration form. To purchase multiple tickets, please contact the Foundation. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, October 8 at noon Mountain time.

Registration cost:

  • Academy members: $50
  • Non-members: $95
  • Students: $25


Foundation Pre-FNCE® Nutrition Symposia

Discerning and Derailing Consumers’ Cycle of Food Shaming
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Registration Cost: $10 donation to the Foundation
CPE: 1.5

Sponsored by General Mills®

As defined in the Academy’s Code of Ethics, all members must abide by a set of core values: customer focus, integrity, innovation, social responsibility, and diversity. Moreover, the Academy encourages inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) by striving to recognize, respect and include differences in ability, age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, and socioeconomic characteristics in the nutrition and dietetics profession.

To these ends, this session will showcase the first-ever comprehensive research study that authenticates the realities of the potential impacts of food shaming for multiple, diverse consumer audiences. The research will provide the backbone to help RDNs continue building more meaningful, open conversations on the topic and to hear from experts on how to craft messages that resonate with all consumers.

For complete information on this session, including learning objectives and speaker information, please visit the Foundation Pre-FNCE® Nutrition Symposia page

You may sign-up for Foundation Pre-FNCE® Nutrition Symposia when registering for FNCE®, or you can add an event to your existing registration by going back into your FNCE® registration dashboard and selecting the event.


Foundation FNCE® 5K


Foundation FNCE 2023 5K T-Shirt

Join us for this great opportunity to get moving—and support the Foundation while you’re at it! Complete a 5K during FNCE® by running, walking, rollerblading or any activity you like. Participants are encouraged to raise pledges, recruit colleagues and classmates and share your participation with family, friends and followers on social media by setting up a Facebook or GoFundMe® fundraiser. The cost to register is $35 and $20 for students and includes an event t-shirt.

You can sign up for the FNCE® 5K when you register for the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo® — or for those already registered for the conference, add an event to your existing registration by going into your FNCE® registration dashboard and selecting the event.

If you are attending FNCE®, register here. If you are not attending FNCE® but still want to participate – Register here!

Download your 2023 customizable Foundation 5k Runner Bib, wear your t-shirt and bib with pride and upload some pics on your social media using #werundietetics


Foundation Virtual Silent Auction

Sponsored by IU Indianapolis Nutrition and Dietetics

The Foundation Silent Auction has always been one of the most popular live events at FNCE® each year, with a wide variety of items that help raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation’s Annual Fund. This year’s Silent Auction will feature a few select items for viewing at our Foundation booth at the Colorado Conference Center while all bidding will be virtual, providing 24-hour mobile bidding, and item descriptions, pictures and donor recognition. Bidding will run from Thursday, October 5, at noon to Tuesday, October 10 at noon Mountain.

Register for the Auction Here

Donate an Item


Shop Mary Made Jewelry during the week of FNCE® and Support Our Foundation!

Academy Member and Foundation Donor, Mary Abbott Hess, LHD, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, Crafts Handmade Jewelry for the Benefit of our Foundation

Mary Made Jewelry

Visit Mary Made Jewelry to celebrate FNCE® and shop from Sunday, October 1st, thru Sunday, October 15th, for an array of handcrafted earrings, bracelets and necklaces, many with food related themes. Apply shop coupon code FNCE20 and receive a 20% discount. All proceeds benefit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation!

Mary will also be displaying and selling a number of her items onsite in the Foundation booth at FNCE®, Friday, October 6, thru Tuesday, October 10, during booth hours in the Colorado Convention Center.

Mary is a former Academy President, has made each one-of-a-kind piece displayed on the website. Give yourself a treat and start your holiday shopping early. Thank you, Mary, for this generous event!

2023 Foundation FNCE Sponsorship Opportunities

Check out all the ways you can get involved with the Academy Foundation at the 2023 FNCE® in Denver, Colo. including pre and post-FNCE® benefits that will highlight your organization as a partner with Foundation events.