DFWAE, the Association for Association Professionals 

WHO WE ARE: DFWAE is a professional society of executives and fundraisers who are focused on individual giving, corporate development, and revenue growth. Our members are staff leaders for associations and/or c3 nonprofit foundations that are affiliated with professional societies or trade groups.

WHAT WE DO: DFWAE provides the North Texas Association community with leading educational and networking events designed specifically for the needs of association professionals.

DFWAE's membership is made up of professionals who serve a variety of industries, societies, and social organizations. Collectively, we represent countless professionals throughout the state, country, and nation.

Our members contribute their skills and knowledge to advance DFWAE and exchange experiences that will benefit the Texas association industry. DFWAE exists to support and strengthen the success of association professionals and the associations they serve.

Association professionals seek to grow in their career paths, and DFWAE ensures that by hosting a wide variety of in-person events, webinars, conventions, online learning resources, and many more.

We invite you to discover what DFWAE can do for you and your career!

Join Us for the DFWAE Annual Awards Luncheon!

At DFWAE, our exceptional programming and benefits are made possible by the dedication of our hardworking volunteers. As a token of gratitude, we aim to recognize those volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the past year. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor these remarkable individuals and connect with your peers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date & Time: July 17, 2024, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Drury Inn & Suites Dallas Frisco

2880 Dallas Pkwy
Frisco, Texas 75034


DFWAE Association Day Recap 2024 

To all the sponsors, speakers, volunteers, attendees, and staff, thank you for making the 2024 A/Day event a success! Your dedication and contributions are truly appreciated.

Association Day Awards 2024 

Congratulations to the DFWAE Award recipients! Your hard work, commitment and dedication is truly inspiring to us all! 

  • Keith Gentry, MS, CAE: CAE of the Year Award
  • Christian Malesic: DFWAE Executive of the Year Award
  • Meda Merritt: Distinguished Association(s) of the Year Award
  • Leona Scott: Distinguished Associate Member of the Year Award
  • Ryan Byrd: Young Professional Award
  • Asha Desai, CAE: IDEA Award

 DFWAE Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

People feel a sense of belonging when differences are embraced and valued. DFWAE is dedicated to nurturing equality by creating spaces for the voices least heard, providing educational opportunities to grow leaders, instilling a greater understanding of diverse and equitable environments, and expanding opportunities to collaborate with one another to ensure DFWAE is reflective of the larger, richer community of association voices. We commit to raising awareness and cultivating an atmosphere and culture that is inclusive for all.  




DFWAE is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the DFWAE Award of Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions made by DFWAE members in our organization. Please assist us in recognizing and rewarding a worthy person who has gone above and beyond by nominating them today!

 Nomination Process:

  • Nominations will be solicited from the DFWAE membership.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, chaired by the President.

 Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the Award of Excellence, an individual must:

  • Be a current DFWAE member.
  • Be employed full-time by an association or an association management company.
  • Note that members of the Awards Committee are not eligible.

 Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2024

Thank you for your dedication to DFWAE!

Click here to NOMINATE!

July EngageLive Event 
Get to know your fellow members better!  
July 10, 10am to 11am
Register Now Here!


August 2024: Unrelated Business Income Tricks & Traps: Join us to learn about various lines of unrelated business income that often impact trade associations and how to stay in compliance. IRemember, UBIT can be complex, so seeking professional advice is crucial for tax-exempt organizations. f time allows, we will also talk about political expenditures and possibly review a 990 together. 

Guest Speaker: 
Kim Crawford, CPA, Partner
Certified Public Accountants 

Registration Fees:
$15 per DFWAE Member
$35 per non-Member

Join DFWAE for the Fall 2024 DFWAE CAE Study Group! Study sessions run from August to November, with exam dates in December.  Register Now!