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: Quote AC

  • 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

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.

IABC Foundation Earns a 2019 ASAE Power of A Award

The IABC Foundation is honored to be among this year’s winners of the 2019 ASAE Power of A Awards, the highest industry honors for associations. Our Gift of Communication program earned a Silver award for its ability to strengthen America and the World. Learn more about Gift of Communication here.

“We applaud the IABC Foundation for creating and implementing such a collaborative initiative that strengthens society,” said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how no other sector helps improve lives as comprehensively as the association community.”

The International Gift of Communication event held this past June 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, was one of the largest attendee Gifts not only by IABCers, but with 15 local nonprofit organizations from the community. The IABC Foundation looks forward to build this program and the opportunity to continue to give back to the communities we serve.

Gift of Excellence grant

Beginning on 8 June 2019, IABC members can apply for 2019-2020 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 online application process and read the briefing packet.

Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence partnership

The IABC Foundation is thrilled to partner with Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence to support the development of the 2nd Annual Communicating Artificial Intelligence (AI) Survey. The global survey seeks to determine what communication professionals and organizations are doing in communicating AI — what is being tried, what is being learned and what success looks like in communicating AI. Survey results will launch the development of the Communicating Artificial Intelligence Playbook for communication professionals.



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The IABC Foundation is excited to partner again with Gatehouse to support the 2019 State of the Sector report. This report builds on responses from thousands of professionals around the world and provides the definitive view of the internal communication landscape. For those of you who took the survey, thank you for your time and contribution. The report has been released and can be accessed by clicking the button below. The webinar on the results of the report are also available on our resources pages to IABC members.