PMI Educational Foundation Touches Lives Worldwide through Innovative Grants


15 March 2018

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Written by Michelle Armstrong

Published inPM for Social Good

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PMIEF Board member Ram Dokka with Buck Institute director, Bob Lenz at the SXSW Conference 2018.

The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) has awarded more than US $6 million in grants since 2012 to ensure PM Knowledgeable Youth, to develop PM Capable Nonprofits, and to prepare a PM Ready Workforce. The foundation frequently funds multi-year initiatives to permit ample time for their ideation, implementation, and analysis. The results are as impressive as they are meaningful, and these grants touch lives in ways people appreciate.

Highlights of the numerous successes of PMIEF’s grants over the past five years include:

  • The Asia Society created an interactive, online course and accompanying toolkit for U.S. secondary school career and technical education (CTE) teachers to build their project management capabilities and global competence. The organization will soon pilot the course in Asia in addition to designing a new course and toolkit for CTE teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related pathways.

  • The Buck Institute for Education developed a project management-rich framework for high-quality project-based learning and will launch it at the world-renowned SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, USA in March 2018. A series of strategic media placements in Education Week and Huffington Post preceded the launch in January and February to showcase PMIEF’s grant.

  • DiscoverE deeply integrated project management into the curriculum of Future City, the preeminent engineering competition for U.S. middle school students. It now includes a project plan as a key component. Future City reaches over 30,000 young people and challenges them to problem solve environmental and social issues by designing a city of tomorrow using SimCity software and recycled materials. 

  • Helen Keller International secured funding from the World Bank Group for 20 large-scale projects for which its PMIEF grant delivers project management training and mentoring to build capacity to mitigate Côte d’Ivoire’s pandemic malnutrition. PMIEF’s grant enabled the organization to establish and to fine-tune the key performance indicators necessary for support from additional sources.

  • Junior Achievement Ireland is taking its PMIEF-funded Project Management Skills for Life initiative to scale to reach young people nationwide. In addition, P3M Global, a PMIEF corporate donor, recently delivered three days of project management fundamentals training to a small cohort of Irish teachers who will also participate in a study abroad experience to the Buck Institute’s 2018 PBL World conference in Napa, California, USA. Furthermore, they will aim to earn PMIEF’s microcredential for teachers.  

  • Médecins Sans Frontieres USA (Doctors without Borders USA) chartered and executed multiple projects – including establishing the infrastructure necessary for customer relationship management, grants oversight, and financial systems – through its PMIEF-funded “Making Systems Fundamentally Work” initiative that helped build its capacity to deliver life-saving services.

  • The World Federation of United Nations Associations created Mission Possible, its flagship global citizenship program for youth, thanks to its PMIEF grant. First launched in Bangalore and Hyderabad, India, Mission Possible now reaches students nationwide in India as well as in Armenia and Singapore. It also brings participating students and teachers to a once-in-a-lifetime, behind-the-scenes visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA.

In addition, the staff of multiple PMIEF grantees, including the American Red Cross, CARE USA, MBAResearch & Curriculum Center, Plan International, and Special Olympics, have received extensive project management fundamentals training thanks to the long-time, pro bono support of Cadence Management Corporation.

PMIEF’s grants reflect its staunch commitment to leverage project management for social good even as the foundation continuously strives to ensure it makes a difference where the PMI global community lives and works. To learn more about PMIEF, please visit