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Foundation of NACE Grant/Loan Program Supports Local Chapters

To assist NACE chapters that are experiencing financial issues and opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic, earlier this year the Foundation of NACE announced an innovative new Chapter Grant/Loan Program.

The Chapter Grant/Loan Program provides grants to NACE Chapters to use toward education programming, program development, membership development or general operations. 50% of the financial support will be in the form of a forgivable grant, with the remaining 50% treated as an interest-free loan repaid to the Foundation through annual chapter giving.

Commenting on the program, Foundation President Harvey Stern, CPCE, CMP stated “The Foundation Trustees are honored to be able to offer this innovative initiative during these difficult times. We received more applications than we had expected and we honored all of them, as we understand the importance of this program to our chapters and membership.”

Response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive:

“We are extremely grateful to have this grant as it will be a huge help to our chapter! I cannot wait to pass along this exciting news to the rest of the board.” — Jamie Adams, Richmond Chapter

“We appreciate this gift and opportunity, and look forward to making it count within our Capital Area of Wisconsin NACE Chapter. A continued thank you to the support the Foundation of NACE has always provided, both pre-Covid, and especially in 2020.” — Sarah Davidson, Capital Area of Wisconsin Chapter

“Covid has been a very isolating experience for so many of our members, so even more so than before, we need to embrace our membership to remind them that they’re not alone and that they are a part of such an amazing organization and community. We appreciate that the Foundation is leading by example as we do feel so supported and extremely grateful for this assistance during such a challenging time in our industry.” — Teri Schenkel, Silicon Valley Chapter

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Lawrence Leonard

Lawrence Leonard, CAE, is the Executive Director of the National Association for Catering & Events. With nearly 25 years of experience, Lawrence has developed a deep understanding of the power of associations and the dynamic and complex events profession.

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