New Membership Fees, Donations Will Help Sustain IANPHI's Future

(Nov. 2, 2010) To promote sustainability and strengthen the finances of IANPHI, members in November approved the introduction of fees for membership to the association and created the IANPHI Foundation to manage those fees as well as funds from other sources. The fees will partially cover the cost of the annual meeting beginning in 2012, including scholarships to members from low-resource countries for attendance. In addition, several countries have stepped forward with donations to help guarantee the five-year-old organization’s future and the participation of countries all over the world, whatever their resources. 

The three-tiered membership fee plan will be based on several criteria: the country's economic status (World Bank classification), the institute's status as a full member or associate member, and whether there are other institutes in the country. 

Since its founding in 2006, IANPHI has received generous funding of almost $20 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has been the major source of support for the association’s meetings and capacity building projects. The current agreement with the Gates Foundation for support of IANPHI activities expires in October 2012. 

Beginning in 2011, membership will cost $500, $1,500, or $3,000 USD per year for low-, middle- and high-income countries, respectively. Associate members will pay half the fee of an institutional member. If the country has more than one member institute, the fee will be lower (2/3 of the ordinary fee). 

Contributions above the fees are also welcome, said IANPHI President Jeff Koplan in presenting the fee proposal to the General Assembly of IANPHI’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Institutes in Finland, Norway, and the United States have already pledged generous donations to help sustain IANPHI’s future.

In special circumstance, the Executive Board can reduce or waive the fee or allow it to be paid through an in-kind contribution. Members can request a reduction or waiver of the fee, or an in-kind contribution, in writing to the Secretary General. 

The IANPHI Executive Board selected a Board of Trustees to oversee the new IANPHI Foundation including IANPHI President Koplan and Vice President Pekka Puska (Finland), along with IANPHI Executive Board members Geir Stene-Larsen (Norway), Jane Wilde (Ireland), and Mohammed Hassar (Morocco). Funds will help cover the cost of annual meetings including scholarships for participants from low-resource countries, for communication and collaboration between the members, (including web and web-based tools), training activities, and Secretariat costs. 

To find out more about the membership fees, contact IANPHI Secretary-General Teija Kulmala

Donors Critical to IANPHI’s Global Mission

IANPHI thanks these generous donors who recently pledged additional support for IANPHI’s mission:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $30,000
  • U.S. CDC $25,000
  • Finland THL  E20,000 (includes personal donation from THL Director Pekka Puska}
  • Norway Institute of Public Health E20,000

—Interested in contributing to the IANPHI Foundation? Contact Secretary-General Teija Kulmala
"To promote sustainability and continue to host the annual meeting and other networking opportunities, IANPHI must become more self-supporting."

—Jeffrey Koplan
IANPHI President