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January 5, 2009 - ANSI has launched campaign to build support for 4 ANSI Foundations that are working to increase awareness of and participation in standards-related activities. They include Consumer Participation Foundation, Research and Education Foundation, ISO General Assembly Meetings Foundation, and USNC/IEC General Meetings Foundation. By working to build endowment of each Foundation, Institute assures that valuable education and outreach initiatives can continue to grow.

ANSI Requests Contributions for Foundations to Support Education and Consumer Participation


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American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
11 West 42nd St., 13th Flr.
New York, NY, 10036
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Press release date: December 29, 2008

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched a new campaign to build support for the four ANSI Foundations that are working to increase awareness of and participation in standards-related activities.

Originally organized in December 2001, the following Foundations were established by the ANSI Board of Directors: the Consumer Participation Foundation, the Research and Education Foundation, the ISO General Assembly Meetings Foundation, and the USNC/IEC General Meetings Foundation.

ANSI relies upon the continued contributions of its Federation of members and other interested stakeholders to support each of these Foundations. By working to build the endowment of each Foundation, the Institute assures that these valuable education and outreach initiatives can continue to grow.

Parties interested in supporting any or all of the Foundations outlined below may fill out and submit a contribution form. Donations will be recognized on ANSI Online.

ANSI Consumer Participation Foundation
The Consumer Participation Foundation facilitates participation by consumer interest groups in standards-related activities. The Foundation's endowment provides reimbursement of travel expenses incurred for consumer representatives who attend ANSI governance meetings, and those who participate in other meetings as an authorized ANSI delegate.

The program has been successful in enabling consumer advocates employed by or affiliated with prominent consumer organizations to participate on the ANSI Board and in the Institute's governance activities, as well as in the policy related activities of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO).

Trustees of the Foundation have provided sponsorship to help enable representatives of consumer organizations to attend relevant conferences, such as the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization's annual meeting and training symposium.

ANSI Research and Education Foundation
The Research and Education Foundation endowment facilitates numerous education and outreach activities and supports advancement of the ANSI Committee on Education's goal to raise awareness of the standardization industry. The initiatives of the Foundation represent an important step in ANSI's long-term commitment to the inclusion of standardization and conformity assessment information in university curriculum.

The Foundation has sponsored outreach workshops and international conferences that addressed the development of a standards-based curriculum for higher education. It also developed a "Standards Resource Guide" for students involved in the Environmental Protection Agency's P3 award competition. [see related article]

Presently, the Education Foundation is developing a series of case studies that will be used to promote standards and conformity assessment-related education and training activities among colleges and universities and within the global standardization community. The deliverable will satisfy a tactic of Strategy 10 of the United States Standards Strategy.

ANSI ISO General Assembly Meetings Foundation
The ISO General Assembly (GA) Meetings Foundation provides funding for the United States to host or facilitate one or more ISO GA meetings, as well as meetings of ISO Policy Committees held in conjunction with the ISO GA. The Foundation's endowment is currently supporting ISO 2012, the ISO General Assembly to be held in San Diego, California.

USNC/IEC General Meetings Foundation
The United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) General Meetings Foundation provides funding for the USNC to host or facilitate one or more IEC General Meetings and related concurrent meetings.

The Foundation's endowment is currently supporting IEC 2010, the IEC General Meeting to be held in Seattle, Washington, from October 6-15, 2010. At least 1,500 delegates and more than 700 accompanying persons representing an anticipated seventy nations are expected to attend the event.

ANSI is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID 13-1635253; contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

For more information or to download a contribution form, visit www.ansi.org/foundations.
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