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  • This presentation will provide you with a brief overview and update PMI Educational Foundation and demonstrate how you can use the power of project management in your community to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Founded in 1990, the PMI Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PMI and a separately incorporated 501 C 3 nonprofit charitable organization under US tax code. While PMI is a membership association focused on making project management indispensable for business results, the PMI Educational Foundation (a public charity) helps to leverage project management for social good. Both organizations are focused on the value, application and practice of project management and both organizations support the PMI Strategic Plan. PMI views project management through the lens of a professional competency and is focused primarily on the needs of the 20 million project management practitioners around the world, their employers, and their suppliers. The PMI Educational Foundation views project management through the lens of a critical skill for everyone in society and is focused on the 7 billion people around the world who are unfamiliar with project management. As a public charity, the PMIEF is focused on bringing the power of project management to the rest of society.
  • The work of the PMIEF isn’t isolated in its own sphere. We actively work to build bridges into the project management profession. PMIEF curriculum engages young learners in school in learning project management and other subjects through project-centered learning in fun, energetic ways – through parties, theatre, or robotics, for example - as a way to develop critical 21 st century skills that equip a future workforce ready for immediate employment or for university studies. PMIEF resources and trainings also equip school instructors with project management as a professional and teaching skill. PMIEF is also working within some industries not reached by PMI including disaster relief and other nonprofit organizations, to build bridges and bring these groups into the project management profession. The PMIEF envisions a world where responses to disasters, other emergency needs, and general daily situations allow nonprofits and NGO’s to embrace, value and utilize project management and attribute their success to it because they are now able to use their donor dollars more effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of their beneficiaries.
  • The PMI Educational foundation is working each day in these three program areas: - Building a Better Prepared Society: Giving youth and communities a better chance of success through training programs for teachers, youth and local schools. -Building a Better Prepared Workforce: Helping college students realize their dreams through academic scholarships, doctoral research grants and student paper awards, thus building a better prepared workforce of the future. Building a Better Prepared Response in Future Times of Need: Providing materials and trainings to improve responses to tragedies by training nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations to be more effective and efficient through the use of project management. During the past 3 years, the Foundation has grown significantly, greatly expanding the number and value of its scholarships and educational resources and use of project management to make a difference in the lives of others. For instance, in 2007, PMIEF awarded US$30,000 in scholarships and awards. Today, in 2012, the Foundation awards almost US$500,000 in scholarships, awards, and grants.
  • Going forward, we have tremendous opportunity to grow in all of our program areas, and we will continue to do so. However, with the support of PMI, PMIEF has chosen to focus strategically on expanding project management opportunities for youth, ages 13 to 19 years. This focus area will include supporting research, and the development and translation of new curricula and teacher trainings. This also means the PMIEF will become more strategic in choosing partnerships and will begin working with various ministries or departments of education in multiple countries. This new strategic venture will build on the work which PMIEF has already accomplished and will most likely be a series of projects that will help the Foundation have greater, sustained impact and better prepare those students who are entering the workforce in the near future. PMIEF will not stop supporting current work and will continue to support valuable, opportunistic projects , but a key strategic focus will be centered on PM education for 13 to 9 year-olds in schools. The Foundation will continue to keep everyone informed through its e-newsletter, PM for Social Good SM . PMIEF encourages you to sign up so that you can stay informed on its progress.
  • Here are two examples of recent collaboration with other entities. PMIEF was invited to participate in two US states’ committees to develop secondary school curriculums. Statewide. This demonstrate that educators are recognizing the value of project management as a skill that can help prepare their students to complete in 21 st century work force. The State of North Carolina has developed a series of four project management courses and reached out to the Foundation for help. PMIEF quickly pulled together a volunteer team from three different PMI chapters in North Carolina. The State of North Carolina is part of the Southern Regional Education Board, a coalition of 16 states that develop curriculum and training resources. There is potential that the project management program could be adopted by each of the 16 states. In addition to the creation of these four courses, the Foundation has recommended that the State work with PMIEF to create a training program for their teachers. Washington State created a Project Management Framework and is piloting the program in 7 school districts. This project management framework has been incorporated into the State’s Career and Technical Education programs. The framework is based on PMBOK and incorporates PMI principles. Both of these programs provide a wonderful opportunity to teach youth an important life skill. PMI members are also starting with work with Ministries of Education in various other countries. PMIEF will share their development in its e-newsletter.
  • One of the goals of the Foundation is to provide volunteers with resources for outreach to non-profits, primary and secondary schools and future project managers.
  • This slide shows a sampling of educational resources available for download at at no cost for non-commercial use. We have seen significant growth in the use of PMIEF materials by individuals and PMI chapters as well as significant growth in the influence of PMIEF in getting project management recognized as a life skill. (mouse click) Thousands of individuals are downloading these resources from over 120 countries. At any given point in time, 30%-40% of those downloaders are not PMI members. Many of these resources have been translated into other languages including Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, French and Polish. If you or your chapter is interested in translating materials please contact the foundation at
  • Project Management Skills for Life is a PMIEF resource that has been popular with youth and community-based programs. Project Management Skills for Life provides a basic introduction to project management and contains a participant manual and PowerPoint® presentation with instructor notes. This is available in English, Arabic and Spanish. Project Management Skills for Life has been used in after-school programs, student competitions including robotics and Future Cities competitions, scouting groups and in cooperation with other youth-based organization including Public Color, Junior Achievement and Children International. Recently in Kuwait, a volunteer use this resource and created a program using a circus them as an example to teach youth project management. This proved to be a fun and engaging way to capture the attention of the kids while teaching them the life, learning and professional skill of project management.
  • This map demonstrates a sampling of how PMI members and others are using PMIEF resources to make a difference in their local communities. Not only are more PMI chapters and individuals downloading the materials, many partnerships have arisen with major charitable and service organizations that are incorporating the use of PMIEF educational resources into their programs around the globe. This map is available on
  • One way that you may choose to become involved with PMIEF’s work is to provide training programs or provide mentoring for a non-profit organization or NGO. Here are some of the global examples of PMI Chapters that have created programs: Buffalo Chapter partnered with the United Way to submit a grant request and created a course for nonprofits Santa Catarina Chapter trained local disaster relief groups after the flooding disaster Sao Paulo Chapter trains NGOs that assist physically disabled individuals One area in which PMIEF would like to increase involvement is disaster relief and preparedness--project management could help governments and organizations be better prepared and respond more effectively when natural disasters that devastate communities.
  • For PMI members, the PMIEF Liaison program is the conduit between PMI Educational Foundation and PMI communities—Liaisons share information and resources between the two entities. Here are the benefits of the PMIEF Liaison Program for PMI Communities and Community members: Direct connection with PMIEF “ PMIEF SME” for your PMI community Specialized Liaison information: (Monthly Liaison e-newsletter, Quarterly webinars, Articles for your chapter newsletter, First announcements of NEW resources, Prepared presentations, Calendar of events, Liaison List, Position description) Most importantly, the ability to create MEMBER VALUE and meet members’ needs by creating a deeper and longer lasting impact on the people of the world through project management. For more information about the program, view the PMIEF Liaison FAQ (frequently asked questions), which is posted on the PMIEF Liaison section of the PMIEF website.
  • Making an impact on educational and helping bring the power of project management to communities world-wide is an ambitious goal, and the PMI Educational Foundation needs your help to achieve it. You can help by: Spreading the word about the PMIEF Reaching out to your local primary or secondary school and telling them about project management education Using PMIEF resources to mentor a nonprofit organization’s staff Helping PMIEF identify potential nonprofit or educational partnerships within your network Donating to the foundation to help sustain and build programs
  • You to can help build a better future through project management. If you want to help or want to know more about the plans and progress of the PMI Educational Foundation, please feel free to call the Foundation staff at PMI’s Global offices in Newtown Square, PA. Or email PMIEF at
  • PMIEF in 20 Minutes

    1. 1. Leading the Way…Bringing the power ofproject management to communitiesthroughout the worldwww.pmief.org2012
    2. 2. Complementary Views of Our Profession PMIEF Focus: Project Management for a World of 7 Billion People PMI Focus: 20 Million PMs
    3. 3. PMIEF Builds Bridgesinto the PM ProfessionCollege TeachersStudents Disaster Relief PMI Young Learners Non- Profits / NGOs
    4. 4. Three Areas of Focus for PMIEF Building a Better Respons e in Future Times of NeedBuildinga BetterPrepared Building Society a Better for Prepared Future WorkforcSuccess 4 e of the Future
    5. 5. PMIEF Strategic Focus: PM for 13 to 19 year-oldsStrategic and global• Research• New curricula and materials• Teacher training• Strategic partnerships• Working with Ministries of Education
    6. 6. Building US State and Country-Wide Programs • North Carolina – Creating a 4-course PM program – Part of a 16-state coalition • Washington State – Piloting first Class in 7 School Districts – Career and Technical EducationPMI Members Starting to Workwith Ministries of Education
    7. 7. Resources Available
    8. 8. No-Cost Downloads on Careers in Project PM Methodology for Project Management Post Disaster Management Skills for LifeSM ReconstructionPM Toolkit for YouthSM Getting PM Workshop PM for Unemployed Nonprofits for K-12 Professionals Educators Back to Work
    9. 9. PM Skills for Life SM• After-school programs/clubs• Student competitions• Scouting and other youth-based organizations• Community groups
    10. 10. Working with Nonprofits and NGOs• PMI Buffalo Chapter partnered with the United Way to submit a grant request and created a course for nonprofits• PMI Santa Catarina Chapter trained local disaster relief groups after the flooding disaster• Sao Paulo Chapter trains NGOs that assist physically disabled individuals
    11. 11. 130 er ns!Ov iso PMIEF Liaisons Lia Benefits for PMI Communities: •Direct connection with PMIEF •“PMIEF SME” for your community •Specialized Liaison information •Leverage PM for social good •Member value PMIEF •Engaged members = retained membersLiaison FAQs
    12. 12. Lead the way! Bring the power of project management to your local community. Spread the word Reach out to local schools Mentor non-profit organization employees Help build partnerships Donate
    13. 13. PMI Educational Foundation 2012 Board of Directors Jo Ferguson, Chair Kathy Shawver,John Patton, Treasurer Secretary Ken Hartley Suketu Nagrecha Debra Miersma John Rickards Allan Mills Roberto Toledo Online: Email: