The Foundation acknowledges the financial and moral support it has received from the Center for Self Leadership and the community. Many IFS practitioners, IFS workshop participants, and users of the model have expressed their interest in advancing the mission of the Foundation by offering to help in concrete ways and/or by making significant financial contributions. On behalf of the IFS community and the beneficiaries of the Foundation’s effort, the Board thanks each and every one of you.
During its first full year of operation, 2014, the independent not-for-profit Foundation received $46,375 in total donations, either through direct giving or through our Gala event, which was held at the Annual IFS Conference in November. There were 121 attendees at the 2014 Gala and an additional 59 donors. Gifts hovered around an average of $620 and the median stood at $120. There were several gifts of $5,000. Every member of the volunteer board and the CSL staff made donations. Some non-CSL-led training programs have also sent in voluntary contributions to the Foundation.
These gifts have made possible the awarding of the first research grant, the ongoing development of an IFS-publications database, and the building of basic elements of the operational infrastructure. The Foundation is now set up to accept gifts of equity stocks, and has accepted its first such gift. A planned giving program is currently being set up.
We send a very warm sincere THANK YOU to each and every donor, as we are profoundly grateful for your support.
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The work of IFS is carried out by thousands of trained IFS practitioners and dedicated IFS trainers and, maybe more importantly, the personalized practice of Self leadership that many more clients, patients, and interested individuals incorporate into their own lives and interactions with others. The promotion of IFS depends in large measure on their professional applications and intellectual contributions.
In a similar manner, the success of the Foundation will depend especially at this stage of its develop- ment, on the efforts of volunteers, many of whom have rallied to lend their skills and creative thoughts to the various activities of the Foundation, which is fortunate to have them on board. Members of the Team will be engaged in different activities and, exemplifying constructs of the IFS model, be encouraged to work collaboratively as would parts of a healthy system.
Jill Stanzler-Katz, LICSW, who has been a practicing psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and consultant for over 30 years, has agreed to coordinate this team of volunteers. Reflecting the enthusiasm that volunteers have frequently expressed, she is “thrilled to be a part of the growth and advancement of IFS” and “loves helping to create community and cultivating leadership within organizations.” She underscored her particular interest in helping to create more diversity within the IFS community by developing ways to bring IFS into organizations and agencies serving less-advantaged populations. Such an outcome is very consistent with the Foundation’s values and priorities for its envisioned IFS training scholarship program.
The Board appreciates their gracious commitment of time and effort. We recognize the tangible successes they have already brought our organization, and we anticipate an exciting future with their able leadership.