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Why should we ‘give back’? How will it help?

Why should we ‘give back’? How will it help?

Your peers are giving back to help others in need… how can you join them ?

Industry professionals in Europe are ‘giving back’ more money, time and expertise than ever before. 

Over the past year and a half, a transformation has been taking place in Europe.  Meeting planners, hotel sales staff and other industry professionals have been giving more of their time, expertise and money to raise funds for educational scholarships and grants in Europe.

So why are they choosing to ‘Give Back’ now?

We spoke to several people from a wide range of roles and their stories had a common theme; none of them would be in the job/role/position/company they have today if they hadn’t had the benefit of MPI connections and education. Everyone agreed that in recent years, when budgets have been very tight, there hasn’t always been access to training or the funding from employers for industry-specific education. So by helping to raise funds for educational scholarships and grants, these opportunities were being opened up to those in need in our industry.

Securing tomorrow by strengthening today!

Over the past two years the MPI Foundation has ensured that, as a fund-raising organisation, it has a truly philanthropic focus – to secure tomorrow by strengthening today. The MPI Foundation’s objective is to fuel the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing them with professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. All funds raised in Europe are spent here in Europe to assist those in need here in Europe.

If you too have had the benefit of good connections and education, isn’t it time to consider how you can also ‘give back’ and join this growing network of philanthropic individuals?

Through the MPI Foundation, this has just become very easy to do! 

Here are a few suggestions to help you decide on the best way to ‘give back’ and help those in need here in Europe:

You can go to the MPI Foundation Donate Now page - or 

Take part in the Not So Silent Auction at IMEX Frankfurt 2015

The first Not-So-Silent Auction took place at IMEX Frankfurt 2014. Prizes were donated by suppliers and everyone had the chance to bid on their favourite prize.  Prizes included small items that could be won for a few Euros, up to exciting trips to Las Vegas, Orlando and San Francisco that were won for several hundreds of Euros.  You can help in two ways:

  1. If you work at a venue please consider donating a prize from dinner for two, a weekend stay or a longer holiday : just email Holly Mc Cauley hmccauley@mpiweb.org OR
  2. Make sure you bid on the prizes. It is a great chance to win a weekend away or a holiday for you and your friends or family.

Giving Back never Rocked This Hard at EMEC 2015 !

Rendezvous is the MPI Foundation’s signature fundraising event held across the globe at MPI conferences and partner events. A must-attend Party being held on 2nd February at the Hard RockCafé Kraków.  Buy your RENDEZVOUS ticket now -

The 5K Challenge ! 

Plan or join the 5K walk / run taking place in various European cities during 2015.  Read more about how easy it is to set up your own 5K Challenge or join one of the chapter-led events - 

Lots of options to make it easy to ‘give back’ so what are you waiting for?  How will you give back to help fund scholarships and grants for those in need here in Europe?

Carole McKellar MA CMM Chartered FCIPD.

Executive Director, Europe HelmsBriscoe

M&IT Personality of the Year 2014

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