Community Spotlight

Fundraising Committee

ISSTD’s success as a major international organization is driven by our small and amazing staff, as well as the many volunteer hours our members have given creating conferences, special interest groups, publications, webinars, trainings and more.

Membership dues and conference fees cover a large portion of the cost of ISSTD’s myriad offerings. But there’s so much more we do, including supporting research and training, and providing scholarships for clinicians needing specific expertise to work with clients experiencing trauma and dissociation, especially as the pandemic continues to impact the economy, and community mental health work.

To better focus our resources on addressing this need, ISSTD has formed a Fundraising committee, co-chaired by Katie Keech and Valerie Sinason, with Sheldon Itzkowitz and Michael Coy as members. We would love to have more people on board, particularly anyone with experience in fundraising, grant writing or administration. An opportunity to get involved in the committee will be posted in the ISSTDWorld Volunteer Match system in December.

The Fundraising Committee was launched under the umbrella of the Finance Committee so that we could leverage the expertise of Treasurer Michael Coy and our CEO, Mary Pat Hanlin, and align with ISSTD’s current efforts. Those efforts include several funds which members are encouraged to support. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Below is a list of the funds with a link to donate!

The General Fund
The General Fund is designed to provide funding to expand ISSTD programming including training and education, research and member benefits. In recent years, money raised from the general fund has been used to introduce new technology platforms, grow online training offerings, expand student and emerging professional membership, and much more.

David Caul Graduate Research Fund
The David Caul Graduate Research Fund is designed to support student research on dissociation and closely-related topics. The award is named for David Caul, MD, the fourth president of ISSTD, who was a dedicated and beloved leader in our field.

Education and Research Fund
The Education and Research Fund was created to support training, assessment, treatment, research and awareness of the dissociative disorders. The fund was established to address the lack of education and research in the area of complex trauma and recovery. This fund is available to clinicians and researchers working with dissociation.

Fridley Fund
The Fridley Fund was created to cover the cost of one training activity offered through ISSTD for students, to reduce barriers to entry to gaining needed expertise.

Goodwin Educational Fund
The Goodwin Educational Fund was created to cover the cost of one training activity offered through ISSTD for professionals who would otherwise be unable to obtain appropriate instruction in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation.

The Fundraising committee is already working with members to raise awareness and funds, and we are pleased to have 100% participation from our all-volunteer Board. While donations are the most direct way to support these efforts, Amazon shoppers can support us by selecting ISSTD under the AmazonSmile program, which will direct a small percentage of your purchase to ISSTD’s efforts

If you have any questions about donating to any of the funds please contact ISSTD Headquarters at