Pursuing a project management career can be a very lucrative occupation. However, the profession demands for competent and adequately trained project managers, and is usually accompanied by stressful and demanding financial constraints. Every year, countless students aspiring to be future Project Management Professionals have their dreams cut short by these monetary constrains. But on the brighter side, through the PMI Educational Foundation these students stand a chance to turn their dreams into reality.
Project Management Institute Educational Foundation
Project Management Institute Educational Foundation is a reputable public non-profit and charitable organization spearheading Project Management teaching and learning efforts worldwide. Established in 1990 as a humanitarian arm of the Project Management Institute (PMI), PMIEF elegantly offers and facilitates inventive educational support programs through grants, scholarships, learning resources, workshops, and awards to globally enhance project management training. PMI Educational Foundation augments its programs by including partnerships, provision of resourceful publications and initiating research efforts with cooperative institutions.
The PMI Educational Foundation avails learning resources for both teachers and school administrators. Through use of PMIEF’s learning resources at no cost, teachers efficiently use materials such as technology, curricula, and case studies to teach and learn project management in primary and secondary schools. For proficient translation and effective application of project management methods in class, an elaborate Foundation Guide is set as an instructive or guidance parameter. Furthermore, a Project Management Toolkit to enable secondary school teachers to prepare their students for college and careers is also provided. Training Scholarships for both Teachers and School Administrators are provided by PMIEF either as Academic or Professional Development Scholarships.
Nonprofits and NGOs
This entails Project Management Training for NGOs and Learning Resources for Nonprofits and NGOs. Project Management Training for NGOs is aimed at providing project management scholarships to improve the efforts of Nonprofits and NGOs by appropriate training. However, Learning Resources for Nonprofits and NGOs is centered at provision of cost-less project management learning in NGOs and Nonprofits. This is done to aid in effective post-disaster retrieval and response activities through a Project Management and Implementation Workshop and two exclusive presentations. These include a Project Management Methodology for Post-Disaster Reconstruction presentation to enlighten NGOs on the importance of Project Management, as well as a PDF presentation and illustrative session plan on Project Management in NGOs.
PMIEF offers scholarships for Professional Development for PM Practitioners as well. These scholarships are intended to provide project management training in efforts to gear current practitioners towards success. Aspiring PM practitioners can check for eligibility from a list of available scholarships and subsequently apply through PMIEF’s scholarship portal. Application deadlines and amounts funded by these scholarships vary with the respective organizations offering them.
Students and Parents
Similarly, parents and students are also beneficiaries of learning resources from the PMI Educational Foundation. Parents are encouraged to advice their children to take full advantage of scholarship opportunities and grants offered by the foundation. For students, PMIEF resourcefully provides materials to enrich their learning experiences. In addition, the foundation enables them to gain easier access to learning resources in efforts to sharpen their project management skills and strengthen their learnt techniques. Finally, the foundation enlightens students on prospective careers in project management.
The PMI Educational Foundation is a noble non-profit, charitable organization that runs on generous online donations by well-wishers and through corporate support. Among its profound donors are Project Management Institute, International Institute for Learning, Cadence Management Corporation, Cheetah Learning, University Of Management and Technology among others. Additionally, employees from companies with active matching gift policies can still contribute to the foundation. Personally planned gifts such as fixed deposits, securities and portions of privately owned estates are also accepted.
PM Chapters and CoPs
Various Project Management Chapters worldwide and Communities of Practice are crucial associates of the PMI Education Foundation. In fact, PMIEF liaisons and liaison resources are distributed globally through different PMI Chapters. Guidelines to register new liaisons are clearly detailed and responsibilities of current liaisons are elaborated in the liaison FAQ.
A Noble Initiative in PM Training
For the last two decades, PMIEF has immensely provided tremendous life changing opportunities. Testimonials from all corners of the globe where it has remarkably initiated educational support programs are more than enough evidence to prove of its success. On the other hand, donors consistently contribute as a gesture of their continued support. PMIEF believes that Project Management training should be available for all, in other words, “Project Management for Social Good.”