The Foundation for Self Leadership is incorporated in the State of Illinois (June 14, 2001) and registered as a charitable organization. The Foundation is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code and operates as a not-for-profit public charity (EIN: 20-1318139).  

The organization, which was fully reactivated in August 2013, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, whose members are elected by the Board at the end of the year and serve staggered three-year terms. An Executive Director, who reports to the Board, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Foundation's operations and supervises a team of paid and volunteer associates.

[See Organizational Bylaws]

Throughout all its activities, the Board and staff of the Foundation aspire to model and act in accordance with qualities of Self-leadership.

The Foundation's overall vision is to facilitate access to mental and emotional healing and well-being. It does so by promoting research and advocacy around IFS as both a model and a paradigm. In particular, the Foundation engages in three types of activity:


(1) Supporting rigorous examination of the efficacy of various IFS applications through the independent gathering and analysis of empirical evidence, both hard and soft evidence.

(2) Inspiring as well as catalyzing new IFS applications in multiple settings, with special attention to serving individuals and communities in need.

(3) Growing a vibrant community of practice.