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Foundation for Information Technology Education Launches New Website

Monday, August 20, 2012   (0 Comments)
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The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) launched a new website at http://www.edfoundation.org/

Vist the new website and read about the foundation's scholarships, conferences, and programs.  Learn how you can make a tax deductible contribution to help continue and expand FITE's efforts in information management education.

The Foundation for IT Education is a not-for-profit independent organization representing practitioners, educators and researchers. FITE's mission is the development of individuals in the Information Technology Industry. It seeks to provide leadership in identifying educational opportunities that will advance the information systems profession. FITE was established in 1975 through generous donations of then DPMA members and was matched by an IT education pioneer who has since passed on….Paul Pair. Gifts and grants to the Foundation are exempt from Federal Income Tax, under section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation's objectives are:

  • To provide educational programs and services for information technology professionals, educators, the computer industry, business, government, or the general public.
  • To determine the needs and desires of information technology professionals with regard to professional education and development.
  • To develop and implement educational courses and information technology programs that will meet the needs and desires of information technology professionals.
  • To encourage the information technology profession in the development and adoption of technical and managerial information technology standards and preferred practices.
  • To develop and implement educational programs for information technology personnel self-evaluation.
  • To develop and implement educational programs for the evaluation of hardware, software and managerial systems.
  • To assist educational institutions in the development of effective business information technology curricula.

The Foundation sponsors the highly successful Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON) for the professional educator, as well as the corporate professional. ISECON is a premier educational event, annually bringing together educators, professional trainers and textbook publishers in concert with the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR). The Education Special Interest Group (EDSIG) of the Association of Information Technology Professionals provides important management support for this distinguished event.  The Foundation has been an annual sponsor of the AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) since 1996.

FITE sponsors a grants and awards program for colleges and universities as well as individuals and organizations, to provide funds for projects that further educate in the areas of information processing.

The Foundation also has a IT scholarship program. In some cases the Foundation, through its investment firm, manages the funds for scholarships established and conducted by local AITP chapters. In other cases the Foundation not only managers the funds, but also manages the screening/selection process. Annually, the Selection Committee screens hundreds of applications to identify the worthy recipients of these scholarships.

FITE also sponsors the DPMA Legacy Society that recognizes friends of the Foundation who have either funded or planned a deferred gift, such as a bequest or a life income plan. It is named in honor of the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA) which rose to prominence during the pioneering days of the information technology profession and provided many of us with valuable professional growth opportunities, outstanding professional fellowship, and lifelong friendships. 

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Regents who lend their time, talent and energy to support projects, programs, and initiatives like ISECON/CONISAR, the AITP National Collegiate Conference, scholarship reviews and selections, and the scholarship fund management.

Grants are welcome from all organizations to expand these programs. Gifts and grants to the Foundation are exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code.  This exemption also applies to contributions made by AITP chapters, regions, officers, individual members or non-members.

The gifts and grants exemption from Federal Income Tax also applies to contributions made by AITP chapters, regions, officers, individual members or non-members. Chapter and individual contributions are often placed in the Foundation's endowment fund to ensure continuity of the Foundation and to provide maximum leverage for the contribution. Your help is solicited so that the Foundation's much needed and long overdue efforts in information management education can be continued and expanded.

Send your contribution to the Foundation for Information Technology Education at the address listed below or visit the Foundation's website at http://www.edfoundation.org/ to find out more about making a donation.

Foundation for IT Education
500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60611


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