The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to promoting nutrition and dietetics, funding health and nutrition research as well as improving the health of communities through public nutrition education programs.
Although affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity and does not receive any portion of member dues. The success and impact of its programs and services are attributed to the generous support of its donors, which have helped the Foundation become a catalyst for Academy members and the profession to come together to improve the nutritional health of the public.
If you are not an Academy member and wish to donate to the Foundation, you may fill out the 2020 Academy Foundation Contribution form below and mail it in or donate online on our Charity Navigator page.
The Foundation has a long history of support from the food industry and industry foundations. The Foundation was originally established to meet the philanthropic needs of Academy members and to support much needed scholarships for dietetics students. One of the Foundation’s earliest campaigns was an all industry supported scholarship effort.
For opportunities to work with the Foundation check out Foundation Industry Opportunities.
Meet Our Donors
The 2018-2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Donor Report includes all individual, affiliate, DPG and MIG donors, as well as corporate supporters.
View the Foundation Donor Report.
The Emeritus Society is made up of a special group of members have displayed exemplary leadership, commitment and ongoing financial support to the Foundation. Emeritus status is conferred on a member who has been with the Academy for 25 years or more and supported the Foundation with lifetime giving of at least $50,000.
Thank you to our Emeritus donors for sharing their time, talent and treasure with the Foundation. Your passion for creating healthy futures through philanthropy is an incredibly valuable asset.
Ways to Give
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Would you like to honor a special Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that has made a difference in your life or provide a memorial gift in memory of a loved one through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Tribute Gift Program?
The Foundation invites you to celebrate a mentor or special accomplishment of a RDN through an honorary gift or provide a memorial gift for a loved one that has passed away, while making a gift to your Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. This is the perfect way to recognize the special people who make a difference in your life while making an important investment in the future of the dietetics profession. Your friend, colleague or loved one’s family will be notified of your thoughtfulness through a personalized acknowledgement letter.
The purpose of the Foundation’s Tribute Program is to support Foundation’s fundraising and grant making activities. These gifts will be directed to the Foundation’s annual Fund, unless otherwise specified.
For more information, contact the Foundation at 312/899-4773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leave Your Legacy – How to make a planned or estate gift…
There are various ways to make a significant, long-lasting gift to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation that can provide support our efforts for years to come.
Gifts of Cash
A gift of cash is the simplest way to make an immediate impact on a particular program or effort at the Academy Foundation. A contribution of cash is tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and can be specifically designated to one or more our Annual Fund, Second Century, Scholarships, Research Funds. Gifts of cash can be made through your will by inserting some simple language (see Gifts by Bequest).
Gifts of Securities
A gift of appreciated stocks or bonds is another way to make an immediate impact on the Academy Foundation. Your contribution will help you avoid any tax on capital gains and you are able to deduct the full fair market value of long-term appreciated securities. Gifts of appreciated stocks or bonds can also be made through your will by inserting some simple language (see Gifts by Bequest).
Charitable Annuities and Trusts
Annuities and Trusts allow you to make legacy gifts to the Academy Foundation now and receive immediate tax benefits and regular income for you and your spouse for the remainder of your life. There are many variations of these annuities and trusts which allow you to choose what is best for you.
Beneficiary Designations of IRAs & Other Qualified Plans
Another way to leave a legacy gift is to designate the Academy Foundation as a beneficiary to your IRA and other tax qualified retirement plans, paid upon the death of the owner. This method of donating helps the donor avoid estate tax on the amount of the donation as well as the income tax that would have been charged if paid to the individual.
IRA Charitable Rollover
If you are at age 70½ or older, and are the owner of a Traditional IRA, and do not need all or part of your required minimum distribution, you can make tax-free IRA contributions directly to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Each age-eligible IRA owner can transfer up to $100,000 tax-free per tax year. Your IRA gift must be complete on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which you choose to utilize the IRA Charitable Rollover gift vehicle for tax purposes. The check must be made payable directly to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information view the Foundation’s Roll Over IRA fact sheet.
Gift of Life Insurance
At some point your life insurance policies might not be as necessary as they were before, in that case you could make Academy Foundation the beneficiary of the policy or the owner of the policy, depending on what makes more sense for you financially.
Gifts by Bequest
The easiest and most common way to make a legacy gift to the Academy Foundation is through a bequest in your will. Bequests of any amount come “off the top” off your taxable estate and tax laws provide an unlimited charitable deduction for them. You may include the Academy Foundation as a bequest in your will by using any of the following language:
- I give ____ % of my estate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
- I give the remainder of my estate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
- I give $____ to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
To assure that the Academy Foundation will benefit, a copy of the provision should be provided to the Foundation.
The Academy Foundation suggests all individuals interested in providing a planned gift also consult with your accountant, tax attorney, or financial advisor to select the best options for your situation.
The purpose of the Foundation’s Planned Giving Program is to support Foundation’s fundraising and grant making activities. Planned gifts will be directed to the Foundation’s Annual Fund, unless otherwise specified.
If you intend to make a gift to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation through your estate planning, please fill out our Declaration of Intent form so we may properly recognize you. Any additional questions and information about a future gift can be directed to:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (FEIN# 36-6150906)
Please check with your human resources department to see if your company participates in a matching gift program.
The Foundation encourages individuals, corporations, affiliates and dietetic practice groups to support the scholarship, awards and grants programs.
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law.
All donor contact information is kept confidential and will not be released outside the Foundation. Donors who wish to remain anonymous will not have their names posted on any donor lists.