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General Information

What is Institute for Organization Management?


Institute for Organization Management 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. It is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Its curriculum, comprised of four week-long 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**.

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While on-site, attendees participate in 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.

Week at a Glance
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By enrolling in any U.S. Chamber Foundation Institute program, you agree to be bound by Institute’s policies and procedures.

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Institute for Organization Management attendee Randall Chase shares what surprised him about Institute. Randall is Social Media and Marketing Manager at the Texas Association of Business.