GTC of IFMA has always been an avid supporter of the IFMA Foundation.
In fact, members Buck Fisher and Mike Schley are IFMA Fellows! We also have several chapter members who are involved with the Foundation on many levels. What is the IFMA Foundation and what does it do? The IFMA Foundation is dedicated to the mission of promoting education for the facility management profession around the world and making FM a Career of Choice.
Each year the GTC of IFMA holds the Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this tournament are used for a scholarship for the IFMA Foundation. A few years ago the scholarship was named for Buck Fisher for his commitment to the Greater Triangle Chapter, the Foundation and the Golf event throughout the years. The scholarship is awarded at World Workplace to a student chosen by the Chapter after applying through the Foundation, meeting several criteria and a vigorous judging program. The Greater Triangle Chapter is the largest benefactor chapter wise to the Foundation.
This year and moving forward, we will also be supporting the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI). The GWI seeks to fill the growing FM workforce talent gap as more than half of today’s practitioners are expected to retire in the next 5-15 years. We must introduce the profession to students before they make career decisions and increase the number of accredited FM degree programs worldwide for those seeking FM higher education.