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Overview of the Foundation:

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) established the IAAPA Foundation to fund programs to benefit the worldwide attractions industry. The IAAPA Foundation is a separate non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and its purpose is to develop programs focused on (1) the recruitment and development talent (2) that inspire skilled leadership and (3) that inspire tomorrow’s workforce with a focus on diversity.

In order to fulfill the IAAPA Foundation’s initiatives the Foundation works with education partners offering programs and degrees in the hospitality and leisure industry in order to attract talent into the industry from the educational partner programs. The Foundation focuses on setting up programs that will include mentoring, scholarships, internships and industry outreach to develop talent once in the industry. The Foundation diversifies the industry workforce by partnering with non-profit organizations promoting social impact programs in order to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth by offering opportunities to work within the industry.


The IAAPA Foundation inspires life-changing careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating tomorrow’s leaders.

IAAPA Foundation Board of Directors

Jane Cooper, Herschend Family Entertainment (Chair)

John McReynolds, Universal Orlando Resort

Tom Mehrmann, Ocean Park Corporation

Andreas Andersen, Liseberg AB

Phil Lindsey, Mobius Science Center & Mobius Children’s Museum

Deborah Eicher, HB Leisure, Ltd.

Jim Seay, Premier Rides

Donnie Mills, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Paul Serff, Serff Group

Paul Noland, CEO IAAPA

Contact the IAAPA Foundation

For further information on the IAAPA Foundation, its goals and projects, contact Tom Wages at tawages@gmail.com.

Contributions and Donations

As a 501 (c) (3) corporation, the IAAPA Foundation can accept contributions from individuals, corporations, trusts, or grant-presenting organizations from around the world. If the individual or organization pays income taxes in the United States, the contribution may be tax deductible.

To make a contribution to the IAAPA Foundation, please use this IAAPA Foundation Contribution form 2016 To get involved in fund-raising for the IAAPA Foundation contact Ken Troshinsky at: ktroshinsky@iaapa.org