During this year’s American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual meeting and exposition, attendees gave back more than $61,000 to the local community through two community service projects and other activities benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), which is a nonprofit relief organization leading the fight against hunger in 13 North Texas counties.
Conference attendees sorted and boxed donated goods to help with NTFB’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program, which helps provide participating schools with nutritious, kid-friendly, self-serve food designed to fill a backpack and feed a child over the weekend during the school year. Multiple philanthropic events throughout the conference also helped raise money for the NTFB, resulting in ASAE donating $61,442 to the foodbank.
“Our community donated time and money towards this effort, and I’m proud that we were able to help more than 12,000 children in the Dallas area,” said John H. Graham IV, president and CEO, ASAE. “I asked our community to help us reach our goal and explained how it would have a lasting impact with the city and children’s lives, and association professionals, companies, organizations responded by opening up their pockets.”
All ASAE members can participate in this year’s community service by donating online through a virtual food drive for NTFB. It uses a game-like animation and is flash-based, allowing people the opportunity to shop and personalize their donation. The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau is donating $15,000 to the organization, and the ASAE Foundation is matching the $15,000 donation.
“ASAE and their membership’s generous gift of $61,442 ensures that North Texas children will start school with hope and enthusiasm. We all know that hunger impedes a child’s success in the classroom. Their gift will provide 12,288 weekend backpacks of nutritious food to children who often worry about going hungry over the weekend. There is no greater gift than offering hope, health and a future to a young child. ASAE and its membership just did that,” said Jan Pruitt, CEO, NTFB.
The NTFB is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The food bank was established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in North Texas. The NTFB is a certified member of the Feeding America Food Bank Network.
ASAE is a membership organization comprised of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.