Background and Purpose
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics professionals to help consumers create healthier lifestyles. The Foundation makes a difference through scholarships, awards, fellowships, and research grants. The Foundation builds upon past successes and its expanded role on the global stage, while maintaining national education and research efforts.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy Foundation’s programs make a significant impact on our nearly 100,000 members in the areas of prevention and well-being, health care and health systems, and food and nutrition safety and security. Accelerating these efforts through partnerships and collaboration provides opportunities for credentialed food, nutrition, and dietetics professionals throughout the world.
A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.
Through philanthropy, empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health.
The Foundation supports:
- Integration of research, professional development, and practice to stimulate innovation and discovery
- Collaborations to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges now and in the future
- A system-wide impact across the food, wellness and health care sectors
- Elimination of all forms of malnutrition globally
- Expansion of workforce capacity, capability and the contribution of food and nutrition practitioners
- Accountability through transparency and fiduciary responsibility
The Foundation works with individuals, industry, private and public foundations to accept funding to support this mission and vision, raising more than $2.5 million annually. The Foundation is recognized by Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates U.S. charities, with the highest possible score, a 4-star rating for demonstrating excellence in fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Foundation Initiatives – Opportunities for Support
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ Sponsorship
Nutrition Symposium – Gain additional exposure at Virtual FNCE®
Share new research, consumer trends or science-based nutrition information during a two-hour continuing education session. This pre-FNCE® CE event is open to all attendees and recorded for post viewing.
- Sponsorship: $25,000 plus any speaker honorarium
Academy Foundation Virtual 5K Walk/Run
Support and encourage FNCE® attendees to take a break from their computers and get some physical activity throughout the conference. The Academy Foundation Virtual 5K Run/Walk allows attendees to complete this race on their time frame and own terms – indoor or outdoor, morning or evening. Each participant receives a commemorative event t-shirt and race bib with sponsor logo.
Front Line Webinars Series
Support our members in addressing COVID-19
Several telehealth live webinars focused on various topics related to COVID-19 area available to members and non-members. Individuals can register for the live event or download the recorded version, following the webinar.
Food and Nutrition Series
Help highlight RDNs impact on non-communicable diseases
The State of Food and Nutrition Series: The Impact of RDNs on Non-communicable Diseases seeks to understand the barriers to nutrition care access and how to scale up access to RDNs to help improve outcomes for three high-priority NCDs: hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and type 2 diabetes. These NCDs were selected due to their high prevalence in the U.S. and across the globe and the high costs and poor outcomes from treating individuals with these chronic diseases.
Invest in the current and future food and nutrition and nutrition practitioners
As the worldwide leader, the Foundation provides scholarships for dietetics students at all levels of study. Funds are awarded annually to help students advance their academic careers. With the increasing cost of tuition, the need for this support continues to rise.
- Minimum investment: $25,000
Honor exceptional contributions in dietetics
Awards are given to recognize the outstanding achievements of Academy members, encouraging individuals to grow as professionals and achieve excellence in new and developing areas of food and nutrition. Each year, the Foundation provides support to our members through awards.
- Minimum investment: $25,000
Research & Fellowships
Fund food and nutrition research and outcomes to improve health domestically and globally
The Foundation supports efforts to expand prospective, evidence-based food and nutrition research and interventions through collaboration with the Academy’s Research, International, and Scientific Affairs team. Current and past fellowships have focused on healthy and sustainable food systems, malnutrition, retail nutrition, school food waste and various other focus areas.
Through its research fellowship program, the Foundation invests in domestic and global experiential practice opportunities to improve the health of the public both in the U.S. and around the world. The program supports fellows and their related research projects by leveraging the Academy’s singular strengths: its professional standing as the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, its research and communications capacity, its professional education infrastructure, and its existing international workforce affiliations.
This program allows the Academy and the Foundation to demonstrate the value of credentialed food and nutrition practitioners, effectively advocate for scaling evidenced-based solutions, and amplify the contribution of the food and nutrition workforce. More than $600,000 has been provided to support 14 fellows. In total, the Foundation has invested $1.7 million for projects in the U.S. and internationally in Guatemala, India, and Rwanda.
- Minimum investment: $100,000
Expand impact through educational efforts
Building upon its current initiatives, the Foundation evaluates and delivers nutrition education in communities, creating healthier lifestyles for children and families. Kids Eat Right, the Foundation’s signature platform, boasts more than 700,000 followers across four social media channels. Sponsorship of Kids Eat Right Month (August) and weekly newsletters to those members who have selected to receive ready-made social media posts, tips and recipes for their patients and friends.
The Academy Foundation supports efforts that make a tremendous impact within the profession, empowering Academy members to optimize global health with tools, research and model programs that are addressing the greatest food and nutrition challenges across the globe.