About Us

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Mission Statement

The IFDA Educational Foundation's mission is to foster educational and philanthropic activities to enhance the furnishings and design industries.

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Background & History

The International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic and educational arm of the association. All members of IFDA belong to the Educational Foundation.

The purpose of the Educational Foundation is to encourage the development of educational programs and worthwhile projects that enhance the quality of living for the individuals and the public at large, while providing support for students entering and re-entering various professions in the field as well as opportunities for continuing education.


Dedicated to the support and service of the home furnishings and design communities, IFDA Educational Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501c(3) organization, raising and distributing funds to foster educational activities, as well as, related charitable endeavors. Administered by a six member Board of Trustees, EF's primary funding sources include a portion of IFDA member dues as well as donations from chapters, individual members, industry and corporate friends. Contributions, gifts and bequests are deductible for Federal income and estate tax purposes.

IFDA Chapters play a major funding role through yearly donations, memorials and special events supporting EF. Several chapters have established Educational Foundation scholarships or grants in honor of IFDA leaders or in memory of dedicated members. These include: the IFDA Leaders Commemorative Scholarship; the Ruth Clark Scholarship for Furniture Design; Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship; and the Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship. Grants include: Barbara Brock Memorial Grant; Irma Dobkin Universal Design Grant; Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant; Elizabeth Brown Grant for Interior Design Programs; Valerie Moran Memorial Grant; and the Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant. The Educational Foundation also provides a New Chapter Development Grant.

Projects and Accomplishments

The Educational Foundation of National Home Fashions League, as it was originally named, was organized in 1968. Thanks to dedicated leaders through the years, EF programs including National Student Design Competitions and support of projects such as the Textile Museum in Washington DC and the Nassau Community College Universal Design Library in Long Island, NY have made lasting contributions.

IFDA Educational Foundation continues to award yearly grants for endeavors that improve the quality of life and benefit the public at large. Grants have supported the restoration of historic sites through the efforts of Save America's Treasures including Lincoln Cottage, the New Orleans Music Hall of Fame, and "Orchard House" the Louisa May Alcott home place. Assistance has also been given to the Sewell Belmont House in Washington DC, Val Kil, home of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Celles Tomb in New Orleans.

The Foundation is committed to providing educational opportunities on many levels. IFDA Eduational Foundation supports educational events at leading industry markets as well as design centers. The Foundation promotes educational programs in local areas through Chapter Partnership Grants and sponsors professionally led Schoenthal IFDA Leadership Forums at annual IFDA Conferences and DesignEDGE, a design industry summit And, the Foundation awards a number of annual scholarships to talented students of all ages studying interior design areas, furniture design and marketing. The Foundation has also brought back the student design competition with a national IFDAEF Raymond Waites Design Competition Scholarship and the Cliff Young LTD Contemporary-Modern Furniture Student Design Competition.

The IFDA Educational Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees including: the Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair/Advisor; Director of Grants, Director of Communications, Director of Resources and up to four Honorary Trustees. The Chair appoints standing non-voting committee chairpersons. The IFDA President serves as an ex-officio member of the Educational Foundation.

The Foundation seeks to achieve quality program support through development of gifts from IFDA members, IFDA chapters, and corporate donors. Gifts of cash, appreciated assets, estate gifts, and deferred gifts are also acceptable methods of support.

How to Support IFDAEF

Contributions may be made to IFDA-EF through personal or memorial donations or by will to foster and continue the work of the Foundation. Tax-deductible contributions are accepted throughout the year as well as with annual dues renewals. An IFDA member is automatically a member of the Educational Foundation. Click Here to View our Pledge Card.