Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

SEARCH Foundation

Assisting Event Professionals in Crisis

aka SEARCH Foundation   |   Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.searchfoundation.org

Mission

The SEARCH Foundation was formed in 1997 and exists to assist special event, meetings and hospitality professionals faced with a life threatening illness or any catastrophic occurrence.

Notes from the nonprofit

The SEARCH Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c 3 organization. SEARCH is the only charitable organization dedicated to the special events industry and its people – the creative talent that keeps us vibrant and growing. Since its formation, the SEARCH Foundation has distributed more than $250,332.00 to event professionals in need of help.

The SEARCH Foundation was formed in 1997 to assist special event professionals faced with a life threatening illness. Since that time it has expanded to include not only illness, but also any catastrophic occurrence.

Crisis means many things to many people. Your entire neighborhood washed away in a flood, being ravaged by wildfires, or lost in a tornado. A routine check-up coming back with the dreaded words “you have cancer.” A car accident that leaves you impaired or hospitalized for an extended period of time.

The events industry is a group of passionate professionals made up of many small business owners. Who do you turn to when you are faced with disaster or unable to perform your job and keep your business open?

Turn to SEARCH. SEARCH relies on donations from industry individuals and corporations. To donate, please visit www.searchfoundation.org. If you are in need of assistance, please visit www.searchfoundation.org.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Administrator

Corinne Z. Dudine

Main address

8924 E Pinnacle Peak Road Suite G5-584

Scottsdale, AZ 85255 USA

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EIN

75-2709245

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The SEARCH Foundation is a charitable organization that directly funds live event, meetings, catering, incentive and hospitality professionals in crisis.

The SEARCH Foundation was formed in 1997 to assist special event professionals who were faced with a life threatening illness. Since that time it has expanded to include not only illness, but any catastrophic occurrence.

Applicants may receive a check of up to $5000 per year based on their crisis situation. To date, the SEARCH Foundation has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to event professionals in need, worldwide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fundraising Events

Two fundraising events are held each year - one in January at The Special Event and one in August at ILEA Live

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The SEARCH Foundation is a charitable organization that directly funds live event, meetings, catering, incentive and hospitality professionals in crisis.

Fundraising events and on-going giving programs

Our events and giving programs assist us to raise necessary funds. Our Crisis Relief Committee is able to anonymously review and score cases for funding within a 7 day period.

When we are able to help every event, meeting, or hospitality professional who meets our criteria for funding.

To date, we have distributed approximately $450,000 in funds to event, meeting, or hospitality professionals in times of crisis.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEARCH Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kate Patay

Patay Consulting

Term: 2019 - 2022

Joann Roth-Oseary

Someone's in the Kitchen

Larry Green

Rentals Unlimited / International Event Products

Nick Borelli

Borelli Strategies

Jerry Hellmann

AFR Event Furnishings

Patrick McMichael

Denon & Doyle Entertainment

Neil Adams

Bright Event Rentals

Bobby Dutton

GrooveBoston

Frank Puleo

Catering by Framboise

Meryl Snow

SnowStorm Solutions

JC York

Classic Entertainment

Mark Catuogno

MC Event Consulting

Kate Patay

Patay Consulting

Rick Turner

Extraordinary Events

Aaron Kaufman

Fifth Element Group

Judy Brillhart

Sheraton Commander Hotel

Evan Carbotti

PSI Events

Thuy Diep

PRA Los Angeles

David Lombardo

Lombardo’s

Michele Polci

Caesars Entertainment

Joe Van Eron

Emeritus

Audrey Gordon

Emeritus

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

SEARCH, SEARCH Foundation