Who We Are

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation was established in 1966 and is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to promoting nutrition and dietetics. The Foundation exists as the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article “Advancing the Dietetics Profession through the Foundation’s Philanthropy” to learn more about the history of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s Mission

Through philanthropy, empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health.

The Foundation’s Vision

A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.


  • 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
  • System-wide impact throughout the food, well-being 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

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Board of Directors

View the full-size infographic to see an overview of the Foundation’s major initiatives and achievements.

View the guidelines and infographic to see the acceptance and review process for industry support.

Foundation Staff Contact Information

Chief Operating Officer, Academy Of Nutrition and Dietetics
Executive Director, Academy Foundation
Mary Beth Whalen
800/877-1600, Ext. 4820

Senior Director
Susie Burns
800/877-1600, Ext. 4752

Development Director
Beth Labrador
800/877-1600, Ext. 4821

Foundation Manager
Paul Slomski
800/877-1600, Ext. 1746

Senior Program Manager
Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, CD, LD
800/877-1600, Ext. 1748

Executive Assistant
Martha Ontiveros
800/877-1600, Ext. 4773

Foundation Coordinator
Tim Smith
800/877-1600, Ext. 4767

Foundation Program Coordinator
Elisha Reichling, MS, RDN, LDN
800/877-1600, Ext. 4768


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is governed by a 13-member board of directors that includes the President-Elect, Financial Officer and CEO of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as up to five public members. Our Foundation Policy ManualA Donor Bill of Rights and Privacy Policy and Guidelines for Industry Donors and Sponsors are always available for download.

Nominating Process

The selection process for the Foundation Board is completed by the Academy Foundation Nominating Committee. Read more about the Foundation Board of Directors nominating process.

Operating Budget

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation manages nearly $23 million in restricted funds for specific scholarships, awards, research, and public awareness initiatives with defined criteria. However, dollars are needed annually to support the Foundation’s innovative initiatives, implement programs, operations and sustain the mission of advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of RDNs. Additional financial information can be found at the Academy Foundation’s Charity Navigator page. Download the audit financial report and 990 form for FY2018.