The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation set a new record this week for the most money raised at an MPI conference. The foundation raised more than $270,000 during MPI’s 2015 World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco, exceeding the $170,000 raised during WEC 2014.
The MPI Foundation held three fundraisers during WEC 2015, including The Big Deal, an official World Series of Poker satellite tournament; the Not-So-Silent Auction; and Rendezvous, the foundation’s signature networking event. All of the proceeds will go towards the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which provides chapter grands and scholarships to MPI members.
In total, the MPI Foundation has distributed nearly $1 million in scholarships, grants and research since January 2014. This includes 22 chapter grants and 75 scholarships for members throughout MPI’s global community. So far this calendar year, the foundation has funded six chapter grants and 91 scholarships. More opportunities are available.
“The MPI Foundation is thrilled by the support we received at WEC 2015,” said Stephen Revetria, chairman of the board for the MPI Foundation. “The contributions received will allow us to give even more to our members next year.”
MORE FUNDRAISING IN 2015
Upcoming fundraising events include:
- MPI Foundation’s Canada Rocks on August 17, 2015. Now in its 10th year, Canada Rocks is the opening night reception for IncentiveWorks, Canada’s premiere conference and tradeshow for the MICE industry. IncentiveWorks runs August 18-19, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.
- IMEX America Night Rendezvous in Las Vegas on October 14, 2015
More information on fundraising events and the Foundation’s 2014 annual report is available online at www.mpiweb.org/foundation.