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What’s the difference between AIC and its Foundation (FAIC)?

AIC and its foundation (FAIC) have a symbiotic relationship.  They support each other and, each in their own way, support conservation professionals and advance the field of conservation.

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

  • AIC was founded as a 501(c)(6) for those engaged in the conservation of historic and artistic works.
  • AIC serves its members and AIC sponsorships are not tax deductible.
  • AIC establishes and upholds professional standards, promotes research and publications, and fosters the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.
  • AIC membership dues ensure that members have access to innovative publications, online resources, and useful tools for businesses, can participate in Annual Meeting workshops, and have a national voice in support of the field.

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC)

  • FAIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose only member is AIC. Donations to FAIC are voluntary and do not come from individual AIC member dues (With member approval, AIC Specialty Groups donate annually to FAIC).
  • FAIC administers scholarships and grants, creates and collaborates on Professional Development workshops, administers emergency programs and maintains an emergency response team with specially trained members, and much, much more.
  • FAIC was founded for scientific and charitable purposes and donations are tax deductible.
  • FAIC undertakes and underwrites programs and initiatives to advance the conservation profession nationally and internationally and serves as a convener to promote the exchange of knowledge.