IABC Foundation

About the Foundation

The IABC Foundation is a charitable, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit supporting corporation. The mission of IABC Foundation is to generate resources to fund and support strategic initiatives in line with IABC’s purpose and to demonstrate the power of professional communication as a force for good in business and society. Over the years the Foundation has supported both small and large projects, moving the profession forward through research and education.



The framework

The IABC Foundation is focused on driving IABC’s mission to drive communication as a force for good in business and society. This is done through the following pillars:

  • Gift of Communication: Providing the tools and funding for chapters to give back to their local communities.
  • Gift of Experience: Investing in experience-gaining activities for the next generation and those in transition through various channels which may include scholarships, internships, mentoring and more.
  • Gift of Excellence: Supporting certification of professional communicators around the world
  • Gift of Insights: Providing grants for targeted research that results in case studies, white papers or other publications supporting member needs and IABC thought leadership 

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The four pillars offer members an opportunity to connect, financially support and get involved with a cause they care about. All four pillars support the profession and the development of future practitioners. They also provide the Foundation with an opportunity to run campaigns to drive the critical mass of support needed for IABC’s initiatives to be financially viable and sustainable.

Gift of Excellence grant

We Wish Our Gift of Excellence Grant Recipients Much Success!

The IABC Foundation Trustees awarded 5 applicants Gift of Excellence grant funding. The funding will allow the award recipients to seek certification for a CMP or SCMP through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC). The grant will cover the costs of the application fee, the exam fee and one-year renewal fee which amounts to US $490 for each person.

The Foundation was particularly interested in helping to expand the availability of certification where currency discrepancies or developing economies may make it financially difficult for members to take part. IABC members living and working in areas designated as developing nations by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, as well as those living in areas significantly impacted by a natural disaster, will receive the highest priority in the disbursement of Gift of Excellence grant funds. And all applicants demonstrating financial need were considered.

The 5 Gift of Excellence grant recipients are:

  1. Victoria Humphrey from Lagos, Nigeria
  2. Adedoyin Jaiyesimi from Ketu, Nigeria
  3. Gurpreet Kaur Bhatia from New Delhi, India
  4. Theresa Lee from Lagos, South Africa
  5. Riana Sinden from Johannesburg, South Africa

We wish these IABC members much success in their journey to achieve certification. We will keep you updated on their progress! Congratulations.

Apply for the 2024-2025 Gift of Excellence grant. IABC members can apply for 2024-2025 Gift of Excellence grants, which provide scholarships to members in financial need who are seeking their Communication Management Professional (CMP) or Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certification through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC). Additional weight will be given to IABC members residing in areas designated as developing nations by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, as well as those who live in an area significantly impacted by a natural disaster. For more information, please link to the 2024-2025 briefing packet.

So how do you really feel?

In the Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence (CSCE) So how do you really feel? global wellbeing study, two thirds of respondents said their mental wellbeing has declined since the beginning of the pandemic. The survey was completed by almost 800 communication and public relations professionals from 40 different countries. Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP, Managing Director at the CSCE explained the survey aimed to provide insight into how communication and public relations professionals are feeling about their mental wellbeing – to identify the barriers to improving it and gain insights that employers, leaders, and our profession’s associations can use to help ease the pressure.



Gallagher’s State of the Sector 2021/22 report is available!

We’re pleased to support the launch of State of the Sector – the definitive global survey of the internal communication and employee engagement landscape, brought to you by Gallagher.

State of the Sector launchInformed by 1,300 responses from HR and communication leaders across the globe, this year’s edition explores five big questions facing our profession today:

  • Purpose and strategy: is internal communication creating clarity and driving understanding?
  • Employee experience: are organizations taking a more proactive approach to this getting a competitive advantage? 
  • Hybrid working: are organizations adjusting their engagement strategies?
  • People managers: what is their role in the new world of work?
  • The golden age of communication: what can we learn from world-class practitioners?

The report also provides insights into how organizations of various sizes engage their people, how they rate their internal communication channels and how much resource they invest in internal communication.

Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence asks communication profession: How are you really feeling?

The IABC Foundation is thrilled to partner with Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence. To coincide with World Mental Health Day on Sunday, 10 October, the Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence (CSCE) commenced research into how communication professionals are feeling about their mental well-being, to identify the barriers to improving it and to gain insights that help ease the pressure.

This research is important to us at IABC because we want to play our part in advocating, supporting, and enabling organizations, associations and individuals through work-life challenges.


Listening Project Partnership

Purple Listening LogoThe IABC Foundation is excited to partner with The Listening Project. The Listening Project is an initiative of Howard Krais, Mike Pounsford and Kevin Ruck. They share a desire to improve the way organizations listen to their people, and communicators to their audiences. The Listening Project comprises surveys, interviews, reports, webinars, an online course and workshops and will shortly be launching a global listening survey to all IABC Members. To learn more, you can download a copy of the report below.

Click below to watch their latest webinar From Lip Service to Leadership – developing listening as a key communication capability.

Listening is more important than ever in the post COVID-19 world. This webinar provides the lessons and an update on global good practice from the IABC Foundation’s Listening Project team as they prepare to launch and involve the IABC membership in its first global listening survey.