Back to Facility Manager
IAAM + F
By Kim Bedier
So, you’re a member of IAAM. You may have just joined us, or perhaps you’ve been involved for many years. You know the “I” stands for “International,” the “A’s” are “Association” and “Assembly,” and the “M” is for “Managers.” And that says it all. Or does it? You may also have noticed the occasional “F” (no, not the ones on your 9th grade science tests).
The “F” stands for FOUNDATION, specifically, “The Foundation of Learning.” The IAAM Foundation, or IAAMF, exists to raise Funds to support our profession. This support is through programs of research, professional development and education. Without even knowing it, you may already have participated in a Foundation program. If you attended your District Conference this year and enjoyed a dynamic speaker, you are an alumnus of a Foundation program. If you attended the Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay, you are Foundation Alumni. Watched the customer service or crowd management videos lately? Foundation Alumni.
It is the goal of your Foundation to continually enhance your professionalism and in turn the legitimacy of the facility management profession. One of the Foundation’s current projects is the “Body of Knowledge.” Over $200,000 has been committed to developing Masters level college course curriculum and an associated textbook. A Masters degree in Facility Management is now a distinct possibility.
The Foundation is on the leading edge of our industry. This fall a $10,000 grant was awarded to the International Crowd Management Conference to fund a slate of speakers specific to the new security challenges our facilities face.
The Foundation itself has faced challenges this past year. It has seen a complete change of support staff and some serious fiscal concerns have arisen. Quite simply, money has been going out a lot faster than it has been coming in. Worthwhile programs have had support reduced or turned down.
Several measures are now in place to deal with these challenges and to strengthen the Foundation for the future:
As Foundation Alumni and members of IAAM, YOU are the foundation of the Foundation. Without you, the Foundation will not be able to continue its current level of financial input or programming. We urge you to consider actively making a contribution to the Foundation, and in particular to the annual Alumni Giving Campaign.
Any worthwhile financial advisor would direct you to the investment with the highest rate of return. Investment in the Foundation is an investment in yourself and your future as a facility manager. Dollars you contribute to the Foundation come directly back to you. Even your IAAM membership dues would be $60 higher without the IAAM Foundation. If every member of IAAM was to donate $100 annually to the Foundation, $300,000 would be raised each year, which could go directly into professional development programming. Your $100 could return to you as:
Recently, Turner Construction made an ongoing three-year commitment to the Foundation through the Alumni Giving Campaign. Many thanks to Ed Quimby for this generous contribution to our industry. Other individual members have also pledged their support. Watch for the Alumni Giving Campaign to roll out shortly, please strongly consider giving the Foundation your support this year.
In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” We have big plans for you and for our industry. By working together we can continue to be the Foundation that helps both build the castles and make the dreams reality.
The Foundation Board of Trustees for 2001-2002:
Dot Lischick, Chair earlier this year, regrettably had to resign, but not before making a huge contribution to the direction and future success of the Foundation. We miss her.
International Association of Assembly Managers