Science and Technology Research Institutes

Arma International Educational Foundation

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.armaedfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The ARMA International Educational Foundation is a funding resource for individuals and organizations for the advancement of knowledge in the field of information management through research and education.  The Foundation concentrates its funding and promotional activities in three areas: supports research to address critical issues in information management; provides education development grants and scholarships to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities of practitioners in the field and fosters educational initiatives that develop information management skills and programs.

Main Programs

  1. Research in Records and Information Management
  2. Scholarships
  3. Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement
  4. Support overseas RIM education
Service Areas

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International

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Preston W. Shimer

Keywords

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Records research scholarships education information

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EIN

31-1556655

 Number

4635154210

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies, Associations (U03)

Management & Technical Assistance (U02)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Raised funds and provided: 1. Nine graduate school scholarships at the Masters or PhD Degree level for individuals planning a professional career in records management.2. Three Research Projects for this year.  Twenty have been funded since 2002.    a) Implementing Litigation Readiness    b) Establishment of an Online International Directory of English-Language Courses in Records and Information Management.    c) Maintain and Update Records and Information Management Standards and Guidelines Reference    d) Explore the feasibility and support for a juried journal in the field of Records and Information Management.Goals for current fiscal year include raising funds for and providing at least:a) Provide nine graduate level scholarships    b) Spend $10,000 on new research projects in the areas of social media and Generally Accepted Record-keeping Principles    c) Provide undergraduate tuition reimbursements for 20 students engaged in after hours degree programs needed to further their RIM careers    d) Support training in overseas locations in the field of RIM.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Research in Records and Information Management

The Foundation has a Research and Development Framework to help focus and provide context, direction and priorities for research and development efforts in records and information management. The emphasis of research and development initiatives is in areas where the information professionals need new strategies, products, and tools right away to deal with the implications of information technology and other issues. The approach is pragmatic: identify a problem or issue, review best practices, look at actual records and information settings, carry out analysis, develop solutions or recommendations, bring a report or other product to completion in a timely fashion, and widely disseminate the results.

 

The budget for each research project is $5,000 plus $500 in administrative costs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$5,500.00

Program 2

Scholarships

The overall Goal is to strengthen records and information management through development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of selected practitioners in the field.
The Objectives of the program are to:

Enhance the capacity of individuals to deal effectively with records and information management issues through support for educational programs that significantly expand their knowledge and understanding of issues and practices.

Strengthen the capacity of individuals to pursue successful careers in this field through effective program leadership and contributing to professional associations.

Each scholarship grant is $3,000 plus approximately $500 in administration costs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$3,500.00

Program 3

Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement

This program provides tuition grants up to $1,000 per course to individuals who have already completed one year of college work and are studying to earn a degree needed to support a career in records and information management.  This Fiscal Year, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded for the Fall semester and 10 for the Spring.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

Support overseas RIM education

This project is help fund the expenses associated with bringing North America instructors to developing countries, particularly in Africa

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Funding Needs

Develop and implement strategies to enhance fundraising for the endowment. Current efforts are aimed at the professional members of our parent organization, ARMA International. The average donation is $100 per year from 5% of the membershi000. Provide funds and leadership for a major research project to benchmark and audit the implementation of enterprise-wide electronic records management software systems in 5 major organizations.  To date, no research project has verified that the benefits promised expensive and large systems are being achieved and that the cost of these systems is justified. All evidence is anecdotal. Project budget is $500,000 ($100,000 per organization audited.)Provide a development program to encourage participation by major vendors in the field with major donations.  Estimated need: $25,000.Build the outreach capacity of the Foundation’s web site in order to provide useful and needed services to the records and information community. Web design services to enhance the distribution of free research project reports via search engines are estimated at $5,000.Build and operate a central data base of available scholarships offered by ARMA International Chapters and other groups in order to increase the number of students who become aware of these programs and apply for them. A data base, accessed via the Foundation web site will direct inquiries to the offering organizations. Web design services to achieve this goal are estimated at $10,000.

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AEMA International Educational Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Arma International Educational Foundation

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Principal Officer

Preston W. Shimer

BIO

US Navy - 3 years active duty as Supply Corps OfficerPrivate Business Experience - 36 years (1966 - 2001) employed by the following organizations in management positions with increasing responsibility:Price Waterhouse; Hotel Corporation of America; Chesebrough-Pond's Inc.; Coopers & Lybrand; Rockwell International; Zasio Enterprises Inc.; and own consulting business.Foundation Administration - 12 years

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Foundation does not have a CEO/Executive Director.  There is only one paid contractor who serves as part time Foundation Administrator."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nicholas J. De Laurentis CRM

State Farm Insurance

Term: July 2012 - June 2014

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