Foundation Events

Foundation FNCE® Events

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only public charity dedicated exclusively to our profession, supporting nutrition and dietetics students and professionals by empowering them to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. When you participate in the Foundation Silent Auction, you help to support our Annual Fund. Gifts to the Foundation’s Annual Fund are unrestricted and supports the Foundation’s ongoing fundraising and programming activities, helping to make an impact on thousands of your fellow Academy students and members, like 2021 Foundation Scholarship recipient Lori Chan.

Register for Foundation FNCE® Events

You may sign-up for any of the following Foundation events 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. FNCE Registration

Foundation Pre-FNCE® Nutrition Symposia

The Role of Precision Nutrition and Fats in Mental Health
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registration Cost: $10 donation to the Foundation
CPE: 1.5

Our understanding of the role of fat in human health, specifically omega-3 fatty acids, continues to expand. Despite a general awareness for health care practitioners of the importance of Omega 3s, there remains controversy with regard to its efficacy, and there are major gaps in understanding how different populations, or conditions may most benefit from them. Building off foundational knowledge of omega-3s, this session will take a deeper dive to explore the latest research on how fat, including omega-3s, is showing a scientifically promising impact on different areas of human health, including mood, anxiety, stress and sleep.

This session will broaden the audience’s understanding of the emerging science behind precision or personalized nutrition, as it relates to fats. The discussion will include understanding therapeutic dosing for different conditions, as well as the impact of different types of dietary fats in the daily diet, and dietary recommendations to address specific health concerns. More specifically, the session will discuss how genetics of populations and individuals can determine who may benefit the most from different forms of omega-3 fats, while also taking a deeper dive into the importance of the relationship between EPA and DHA, omega 6 fats, and even saturated fat as an overall approach to health. Finally, we will consider the benefits of adding these fats, as a part of precision nutrition, to fill vital nutrient gaps for achieving overall wellness.

Lynn Laboranti, RD

(Ski) Floyd Chilton, PhD

Sponsored by Nature Made

Plant-Based Diets: Are We Just Starting to Imagine the Possibilities?
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
CPE: 1.5
Registration Cost: $10 donation to the Foundation

Plant-based foods have been a mainstay in diets around the world for centuries. However, over the past few years, the focus on the term “plant-based” and its myriad implications has skyrocketed. With an emphasis on one distinct plant-based food that has been nourishing humans for at least 8,000 years – the bean - this session will examine changing consumer demands, a dynamic marketplace and emerging research related to the health benefits of beans, bean-centric and plant-based diets. Speakers will take attendees through consumer, retailer and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist research that illuminate the benefits, possibilities and strategies for including more plant-based foods. 

Stephen McCauley

Stephen McCauley
Yanni Papanikolaou, MPH, PhD(c)
Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN

Sponsored by on behalf of BUSH’s®

Read more information about the symposia.

Foundation Breakfast

Bioactives: Impacts on Health and How to Communicate with Consumers
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 (6:45 – 7:45 am), Breakfast service begins at 6:30 am
Registration Cost: $10 donation to the Foundation
CPE: 1.0

Sponsored by: Florida Orange Juice

Bioactives, polyphenols, phytochemicals, flavonoids…with so many ways to describe naturally occurring plant compounds, the topic can get complicated. In this presentation, we’ll dive into the latest research on the science of bioactives, with a focus on citrus, as well as share the results of a consumer survey aimed at identifying consumer-friendly messaging to enhance your ability to communicate and share the health benefits of these compounds with your patients and clients.

Moderator: Rosa Walsh, Ph.D.
Mario Ferruzzi, Ph.D.
Lauren M. Manaker, MS, RD, LD, CLEC

Read more information about the breakfast.

President’s Party with a Purpose Benefitting the Foundation

Sunday, October 9, 2022 (8 – 9:30 p.m.)
Hyatt Regency Orlando  

Join Academy President Ellen R. Shanley, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND for the can’t-miss event of FNCE®2022: the President’s Party with a Purpose. This ticketed event will offer you the chance to have fun while giving back to the Academy Foundation. Join hundreds of your peers for an evening of music, mingling and tasty bites all while reconnecting in a live and energetic atmosphere.  This party has a purpose.... Empowering the future of your profession!  Registration cost: $50 and $25 for students. All proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation.

Foundation 5K - Let's Get Moving!

Let’s get moving to complete a 5K during the week of #FNCE any way you like; walking, running, rollerblading, etc. Our event page has some other great recommendations and a link to a chart that helps you convert your activity to steps and even some 5k routes in Orlando. Share your participation and fund raise with your 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.


Donate to the Foundation When Completing your FNCE Registration

Donate to the Foundation when prompted while registering for FNCE® and you will be contributing to the only public charity dedicated exclusively to our profession, supporting nutrition and dietetics students and professionals by empowering them to help consumers live healthier lifestyles


No-Show Foundation Gala

While there will be no Foundation Gala to gather us all together, we still need your support.  Our Foundation relies on donations to sustain our programs that make an impact with Academy students and members. Donate what you would have spent on a gala ticket or table when registering for FNCE® and support our programs and resource that empower Academy students and members.  Anyone donating the equivalent of a ticket ($120) or more will be entered into a drawing for a free 2023 FNCE® registration.


Support a Student and Donate a FNCE® Foundation Student Stipend

Help an Academy Student Member attend FNCE® by donating a student stipend and offer the next generation of nutrition and dietetics professionals the opportunity to gain attend FNCE® and networking experience. A $120 donation covers the cost of one student to attend FNCE® and includes a small donation to the Foundation. These Student Stipends are made possible by the Academy Foundation thanks to the generosity of the many Dietetic Practice Groups, Member Interest Groups, state affiliates and individual Academy members. You may donate one or more Student Stipends ($120 each) while registering for FNCE® using our printable form and emailing it back to the Foundation.  


Apply for a Student Stipend

The Foundation is accepting applications for $100 student stipends to attend FNCE®. Academy members enrolled as a student or dietetic intern for the Fall 2022 semester are encouraged to consider applying after registering to attend FNCE®. To apply, eligible applicants must complete the electronic application within the Foundation’s application portal by 10:00 am (Central Time) on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s externally hosted application portal.


Visit the Foundation Booth While at FNCE® 

Visit the Foundation booth located in Academy HQ within the Orlando Convention Center to interact with staff, learn about resources and programs that can help you throughout your career, link to the Foundation Silent Auction, and make a donation to our Make it a Million Scholarship Campaign with a goal to raise $1M to help to build up our financial resources in order to award $1M in scholarships annually.

We look forward to visiting with you!


Foundation Silent Auction

The Foundation Virtual Silent Auction is always one of the most popular events during FNCE®, with a wide variety of items that helps 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 Orlando 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, Oct. 6 at noon to Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at noon Central. 

Donate an item                                       

Register for the auction 

Visit the FNCE® Site

Mary Made Jewelry

Your Purchases Benefit our Foundation During FNCE®

Academy Member and Foundation Donor, Mary Abbott Hess, LHD, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, Crafts Handmade Jewelry for the Benefit of our Foundation – Members will be encouraged to go online during FNCE® to Mary Made Jewelry and choose from an array of handcrafted earrings, bracelets and necklaces, many with food themes. One hundred percent of the sale price will then be donated to the Foundation. Learn More


Academy Foundation Sponsorship Opportunities

Foundation Pre-FNCE® Nutrition Symposia

Two 90-minute sessions available

Saturday, October 8, 2022

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1:30 – 3 p.m.

These 90-minute events offer sponsors the exclusive opportunity to engage with credentialed food and nutrition practitioners through a science-based symposium on trending topics. These can include new research and industry insights or may be a training session on highly sought-after topics such as leadership or communications

Sponsorship investment: $35,000

Additional investment to add live streaming component: $15,000

Plus, all speaker expenses including conference registration, travel, hotel, honorarium, and audio visual

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation: President’s Party with a Purpose

Date and Time
Sunday, October 9, 2022 (8 – 9:30 pm)

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Join Academy President Ellen R. Shanley, MBA, RD, CDR, FAND, for this can’t-miss event of FNCE®2022: the President’s Party with a Purpose. This ticketed event will offer FNCE® attendees to chance to have fun while giving back to the Academy Foundation. Hundreds of attendees are expected to join this live event for the opportunity to mingle, socialize and reconnect with their peers. This will be viable way to network face-to-face with attendees all in a fun and energetic atmosphere.

Sponsorship investment: $7,500

Plus, all expenses related to the food service including food, applicable corkage fees, service fee and taxes.

Foundation Breakfast Sessions

Three 1-hour sessions available

Dates and Times
Sunday, October 9, 2022 (6:45 – 7:45 am)
Monday, October 10, 2022 (6:45 – 7:45 am)
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 (6:45 – 7:45 am)

These one-hour breakfast events offer sponsors the exclusive opportunity to share new research with FNCE® attendees. Sponsorship for one of these continuing education events is available for the right partner.

Sponsorship investment: $15,000

Plus, all plus all expenses related to the breakfast including food, service fee and taxes (additional corkage fees beyond the standard menus may apply to incorporate specific products into the breakfast) and speaker expenses including conference registration, travel, hotel, honorarium, and audio visual.

Foundation Virtual 5K Run/Walk

At attendees’ leisure throughout the conference

The Academy Foundation Virtual 5K Run/Walk allows attendees to complete this race throughout the conference on their own time and terms - indoor or outdoor, morning or evening. These challenges are designed to motivate attendees to move more, while also providing an opportunity to support the Academy Foundation.

Sponsorship investment: $10,000

Foundation Donor Reception

Date and Time

Monday, October 10, 2022: 5 – 6:45 pm

The Academy Foundation’s Donor Reception celebrate donors, volunteers and Academy and Foundation leaders.  The event provides a great opportunity for attendees to network, socialize and celebrate the Foundation’s success and important work. 

Sponsorship investment: $5,000

Silent Auction

Throughout the week of the conference, select items displayed at Foundation booth and conducted with a virtual app for 24/ bidding

One of the Foundation’s most popular events during the conference is the silent auction. New this year, select items will be displayed at Foundation booth and all bidding is conducted on a virtual app for 24/7 mobile bidding. Last year’s event boasted 91 items which received 722 total bids. This event offers great exposure. In addition to sponsorship, exhibitors are encouraged to donate an item (minimum value $150) for the auction.

Sponsorship investment: $5,000

Recognition for all sponsorship opportunities includes promotion throughout Foundation and FNCE® marketing communications.

Please contact Susie Burns for more information,