Monday, March 9, 2009

The IFSA Foundation Suspends Public Grant Activity

The following message was posted to SECUSS-L last Friday, March 6, 2009:

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Colleagues in Study Abroad:

On November 30, 2008 the IFSA Foundation posted a notice on SECUSS-L announcing that there would not be a grant cycle in 2009 and that our next cycle would have a deadline in January 2010.

Recently the Foundation Board of Directors conducted a thorough review of the foundations activities and finances and reluctantly decided to suspend any further public grant activity including the January 2010 date. This decision will not affect multi-year grants approved through 2008. Funds for these grants will disbursed in late fall of 2009.

We regret to announce that we will no longer be accepting proposals from colleges and universities and other not for profits seeking funds from the IFSA Foundation.

The Foundation was established as a self liquidating foundation and since its founding in 2004 it has awarded over $5,000, grants to approximately 90 colleges, universities and other not for profit institutions.

The IFSA Foundation is the only foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting semester and full year undergraduate study abroad. For information on the history, mission and grant awards please visit our website-

Board of Directors, The IFSA Foundation:
Tom Roberts
David Gray
M.Jean White
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While this is sad news for the field of study abroad we should all be thankful for the work of the board of directors and The IFSA Foundation itself for the contributions they have made to the field of study abroad.

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