The Foundation for Self Leadership exists to foster greater emotional, relational and societal healing and wellbeing—leading to a more peaceful world—through the practice of Self leadership, as identified by IFS.

To advance this mission, the Foundation for Self Leadership will:

  • Fund independent scientific research of the efficacy of IFS for PTSD, substance abuse and other conditions, in and beyond clinical settings.
  • Incubate innovative applications of the IFS model in various societal contexts (e.g., K12 educators, therapists to veterans, marginalized and traumatized communities) and professional settings (e.g., law, medicine, finance).
  • Nurture communities of practice through thought-leadership, programming and outreach.


The Foundation's operation and programs are entirely funded by private charitable giving. This support has historically has come primarily from individuals in the extended IFS community. The Foundation seeks to build relationships with grant-making organizations to establish a more sustainable revenue stream. Friends of the Foundation can support this initiative by connecting us to possible funders. For more information, contact


The Foundation for Self Leadership is governed by an independent, volunteer board of directors who fulfill specific legal duties and serve as a fiduciary of assets. Other responsibilities include strategic planning serving as ambassadors for the mission. Learn more.