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About Institute 

What is Institute for Organization Management?

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Institute was designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management.

Its curriculum, comprised of four weeklong sessions, is taught by university professors, industry experts, and leading practitioners in the chamber and association industries. Each session is five days long and is offered at five locations across the country annually; allowing participants to choose which site or time of year best fits their schedule**.

While onsite, participants sit through 24 hours of course instruction and engage in lively discussions on a multitude of matters affecting the association and chamber industries. With courses on topics such as advocacy, media training, membership, finance, legal issues human resources, and much more, Institute ultimately educates participants on all facets of running a nonprofit organization.

Graduates of the four-year Institute for Organization Management program receive the IOM Graduate Recognition, signifying 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. 

Additionally, the curriculum is tied to the CAE and CCE bodies of knowledge, allowing participants to earn credit for an industry certification in one simple step.

**While most students attend the same Institute site four years in a row, it is not required

Interested in Attending?

If you are interested in attending Institute for the first time, download our Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program. In just six pages, learn the real benefits that Institute has to offer. Please also visit our Policies and Procedures page for additional requirements. 

The toolkit includes:

From Their Perspective: Institute Attendee Testimonials

No one sums up the value of Institute better than someone who's experienced the program first hand. Here's what a few of our attendees are saying about the Institute experience:

"During my four-year tenure, I've taken the things taught at Institute and literally turned this chamber around. Membership has increased over 100%, and our chamber finished the year in the black for the first time in over 20 years. The knowledge I've gained has prepared me and this chamber for a significant leadership role in the community and for the future."
Wayne Harris, IOM, Executive Director, Crestview (FL) Area Chamber of Commerce

"Institute has been the most valuable learning experience of my association career."
Mark Biel, IOM, CAE, Executive Director, Chemical Industry Council of Illinois

"When I returned, I was asked for the one 'a-ha' moment I had. I replied that I had so many 'a-ha' moments every day it would be impossible to name just one."
Lori Higgins, IOM, President, MetroNorth (MN) Chamber of Commerce

"Without Institute, I would not have gained the skills needed to enjoy a successful, 50 year career in Organization Management."
Dick Upton, IOM, CCE, President, American Lighting Association
Recipient – 2008 American Chamber of Commerce Executive "Life Award"