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Special Projects & Charities

Each year, MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada seeks to reach out to the community and provide support to a qualified charity throughout the program year. This may include proceeds from raffles donations, and general philanthropic promotion of the organization.  MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada is seeking a charity for the 2021 - 2022 year. 

Click here for more information on submitting your proposal.  Read more about our charity selection process.

2021-2022 Charity



MPISSN Announces our Charity of the Year:  MPI Foundation

Whether you're an industry veteran or just getting started in your career, the MPI Foundation is committed to giving back to you and your industry, making you both stronger. A donation to the MPI Foundation helps secure the meeting and event profession for the future. When you help the people who bring people together, you help change the world.

Interested in supporting the MPI Foundation?  

Contributions to the charity may be made when you register for any of our regular chapter events.  Look for the additional opportunity when you are checking out for an event.

Or, checks can be mailed to MPISSN at 100 Howe Ave #186 N, Sacramento, CA 95825 Note: “2021 Charity” on the Memo line.

2020-2021 Charity


MPISSN Announces our Charity of the Year:  The MPISSN Returning the Favor Fund


The hospitality industry has taken some of the hardest hits in 2020.  So this year, the MPISSN Board is pleased to introduce the "MPISSN Returning the Favor Fund." This scholarship program pays for fellow MPISSN members to attend our chapter educational and social events. We feel that this fills a current need, and it fits the theme of the year “Together, we can do great things.”  Whether you’re a hotelier who is furloughed, a supplier who has seen income dry up and events cancel, or a planner whose training budget has been slashed, we invite you to not be shy in reaching out to request a scholarship.  


Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, prioritizing those who haven’t been awarded one before. If there are additional funds at the end of the year, MPISSN will assess if the need is still present and roll the scholarship funds over, or award a scholarship for an MPI Global program.  (Current MPI membership is required).


Request a Scholarship by emailing exec@mpissn.org (please list specific event you’re interested in attending.  Funds are primarily for MPISSN Chapter Events, but may be applied to events like the Golden State Collaborative on a case by case basis.)


Interested in supporting the MPISSN Returning the Favor Fund?  

Contributions to the charity may be made when you register for any of our regular chapter events.  Look for the additional opportunity when you are checking out for an event.

Or, checks can be mailed to MPISSN at 1800 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 Note: “2020 Charity” on the Memo line.

2019-2020 Charity


Assistance League of Sacramento

We are excited to share that the Assistance League of Sacramento has been selected as this upcoming year’s beneficiary for MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada. Assistance League of Sacramento is local volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. Assistance League offers a wide range of support and services to those in need and those in transitional life situations.

In 2018-19, Assistance League provided 5,100 children in 40 local schools with clothing and books to enhance literacy. Over 3,200 victims of sex trafficking, sexual assault and homelessness received hygiene products, clothing and housing starter kits. The organization gave 90 foster youth transitioning from residential care to independent living the essentials for bed, bath and kitchen.

In addition, Assistance League provided cuddly teddy bears to calm and comfort 2,900 children in trauma situations and adults with memory impairment. Scholarships awarded to 24 community college students with difficult life circumstances will help them to complete their education.

Let’s come together to support a great cause. Here are ways you can support Assistance League of Sacramento:

  • Purchase raffle tickets at all upcoming MPISSN events. All proceeds go towards the Assistance League of Sacramento
  • Shop at Fabulous Finds on Fulton, 2751 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA 9582, their upscale resale shop, which helps fund programs and services.
  • Donate your gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, home décor and housewares to Fabulous Finds on Fulton.
  • Join and become a member volunteer. More information found on assistanceleague.org/sacramento.
  • Support the annual direct mail appeal in the fall of 2019 and Big Day of Giving campaign on May 7, 2020

2017-2019 Charity



The mission of Sacramento SPCA is to foster a loving and compassionate community for animals and people by providing assistance creating lifelong relationships, and saving lives. SPCA offers a multitude of services including; pet adoptions, behavior training, special programs for youth and seniors with their pets, vaccinations, licensing and end of life services for pets. In 2016, SPCA rescued 424 animals, 17,465 spay and neuter surgeries performed, 14,025 vaccinations and serviced 3,233 free behavioral helpline calls.

Ways you can support our 2017-2019 charity.

  • Raffle  - Purchase raffle tickets at all upcoming events. All proceeds go towards the Sacramento SPCA services.
  • Volunteer - Volunteer at a hands-on opportunity at SPCA. More information to follow as we receive information from SPCA.
  • Participate in special events including the SPCA Doggy Dash - Saturday, April 28 (5K, 2K walk in William Land Park).  Stay tuned for more information on an MPISSN Team

For more information on SPCA Events you can attend this Summer and Fall, please visit http://www.sspca.org/events.


2016-2017 Charity


food bankSacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) offers compassionate support and a compass for families navigating difficult times. With many diverse programs and services SFBFS guides families on their journey through support and education. The SFBFS’ mission is dedicated to assisting those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self-sufficiency and financial independence. As of 2014, SFBFS is the main food bank of Sacramento County. 135,000 men, women and children receive support from SFBFS every month. All services are provided at no cost to families seeking to change their lives. SFBFS welcomes families regardless of zip code, income, language or education level. SFBFS offers 15 programs and services including Food Access, Clothing, Adult Education, Health & Nutrition and CalFresh. A description of each service is available online here. For information about the impact these services make in the Sacramento community, please check the SFBFS 2017-2018 Impact Report.

MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada will participate in the Annual Run to Feed the Hungry (November 2016) and volunteer at a Clothing Sorting event (November 2016) and Food Sorting event (April 2017).  In addition, MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada plans to support SFBFS by holding a Fall Business Attire Clothing Drive and a Spring Can & Packaged Food Drive. Throughout the 2016-2017 program year, the chapter hopes to raise more than $2,000 at its education luncheons, raising awareness and funds to support the SFBFS organization.


2015-2016 Charity



The Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter is one of over 70 Alzheimer's Association chapters serving communities across the United States.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We work on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years. The Association is also the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer's research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Read more about us here.

Since its founding in Menlo Park, Calif. in 1981 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter has grown to include eleven offices across two states. We serve hundreds of families with our 24/7 helpline, offer one-on-one care consultations, maintain more than 150 support groups, mobilize 1,000 volunteers in the cause, raised more than $1.7 million for our national research program in fiscal year 13 and more. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada participated in the Annual Walk in October 2015 raising more than $1000.  Throughout the 2015-2016 program year, the chapter raised more than $1,000 more at its education luncheons, raising awareness and funds to support the organization.

2014-2015 Charity


give hopeThe mission of the Give Hope Foundation is to provide hope, relief and financial assistance to Northern Nevada families who have children battling a chronic illness. Give Hope is a funding platform to assist these families in sustaining their basic human needs during a traumatic life-changing period by providing funds for housing, uncovered medical expenses, utilities, food and other expenses necessary to maintain a stable home for the child. In addition, Give Hope also provides travel/housing reimbursements to/from specialized treatments out of state.

Since its inception in 2001, Give Hope has assisted over 325 families in Northern Nevada, focusing on the child, not the illness. Most local and national foundations assisting children with illnesses are limited to focus on a single illness. At the Give Hope Foundation, we are not limited in this area and we have the ability to help many families who might otherwise fall through the cracks. The child's and the family's ability to cope with the illness is our number one priority.

MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada was thrilled to pledge its support for this organization founded by MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada past president Amanda Flangas.  Further, the opportunity to extend our work to a Nevada organization was particularly special as so many of our colleagues in this chapter live and work in Nevada!  More than $2000 was donated to The Give Hope Foundation in June of 2015.

2012-2014 Charity



Make-A-Wish works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

A key objective is to take children away from their medical struggles. It’s important to note, too, that the experience is not a “last wish.” In fact, many children go on to recover and live long, full lives. MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada’s meeting and event raffles are an important activity as 100 percent of these proceeds will be given to Make-A-Wish at the end of our fiscal year to help facilitate their good work and wish-granting process. Learn more about Make-A-Wish at www.makeawish-sacto.org.



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MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Presented Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada with a check for over $700 at the October 2013 mini-golf event as our 2012-13 chapter charity. (Top Photo)

MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Presented Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada with a check for nearly $2000 at the July 15, 2014 Sip & Swirl event. (Bottom Photo)

Thank you to everyone who donated raffle items, purchased raffle tickets and helped support our 2012-14 chapter charity!


2011-2012 Charity


From left to right  Dean of Students, President of Woodland Community College, Cherie Schroeder and Lisa Bispham

Throughout the 2011/2012 year, MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada held its monthly raffle in an effort to raise funds for this worthy cause. We are pleased to have raised and presented a check for $2,138.00 to the Yolo Foster & Kinship Care Program at Woodland Community College. 

Pictured - from left to right - Al Konuwa, Vice President of Academic & Student Services; Angela Fairshilds, President of Woodland Community College; Cherie Schroeder, Program Director; and Lisa Bispham, MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada President


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