PMIEF Recognizes its Leadership Society for Making Difference


17 August 2016

Jill Liebling

Written by Jill Liebling

Topics Youth

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Members of the 2015 PMIEF Leadership Society gathered at the PMI® Global Congress 2015 – North America. Leadership donors make a difference in helping PMIEF deliver on its mission.

Imagine this: If you could go back and give your young self the project management skills you have today, how would your personal and academic life have been different? Or consider this: How much more could your favorite charity accomplish if it applied project management principles? And what is the likelihood that project management tools could impact the future of classroom learning and nonprofit success?

Thousands of individual donors around the globe help the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) do just that—bring project management to nonprofit organizations, youth, and primary and secondary school teachers—because they know it makes a difference.

Some of these individuals are PMIEF Leadership Society donors. The PMIEF Leadership Society recognizes individuals who give a generous annual gift of US$1,000 or more to PMIEF. These wonderful contributors are committed to leveraging project management for social good® and help bring the benefits of project management to the farthest reaches of the world. They are taking the lead in helping PMIEF provide educational resources and training programs to youth, teachers, and the staff of nonprofit organizations.

As project-based learning (PBL) increasingly becomes the standard teaching approach in many classrooms around the globe, it is being proven that learning through projects and hands-on activities bridges the gap between knowing and doing. Through learning project management, youth also develop important 21st century workforce skills necessary for communicating, organizing workloads, planning, thinking critically and becoming collaborative, creative leaders. And as PBL grows around the globe, so do the requests for PMIEF no cost resources and training opportunities. 

Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, sees his gift as an investment in the future. “PMIEF plays a major role in the economic culture of today,” he shared. “We are going through a very disruptive time in history where technology is changing the way things are done. Just look at the recent changes in the bio-tech, medicine, health and wellness, computer science, space science and the energy industries. Where are the project managers who can make sense of all the advancements and guide companies on what they should be doing? If organizations like PMIEF are not working to get project management tools into the hands of our youth, we are going to be woefully unprepared for the future.” 

Nonprofit organizations are growing in number around the globe, competing for valuable financial and volunteer resources. Those nonprofit organizations that embrace and learn project management will more efficiently and effectively accomplish their missions—serving those most needy in the communities they serve while demonstrating their ability to wisely use the dollars provided by their donors. PMIEF offers no cost training opportunities and support to nonprofits to help them learn project management. 

Another leadership donor, Jeralyn Rittenhouse, PMP, shared her motivation for joining the Leadership Society. “You know that feeling you get when you are really excited about your job? Imagine transferring that to someone else. Imagine being able to pass what you know off to the next generation and giving them the best resources possible to position them to be in your shoes one day.”

You can be a part of helping to bring project management to nonprofits, youth and teachers through your support of PMIEF.   Please consider joining the PMIEF Leadership Society donors in making a gift to PMIEF today!  You can give on on our website or through the PMI Global Marketplace.