Opportunities for conservation around the world - via IIC’s Opportunities Fund
By becoming an IIC World Member, you are donating to the IIC’s Opportunities Fund on top of your standard IIC membership. This Fund was established in 2010 to provide membership to individuals and institutions who cannot easily afford the annual subscription fees.
By providing the benefits of IIC membership for both individuals and institutions, conservators and conservation professionals will be better able to advance their skills and access the relevant knowledge for the care of heritage. Donors to this initiative will be recognised as World Members through regular publication of both new supporters and beneficiaries in News in Conservation.
As an example of what the money given to IIC’s Opportunities Fund has achieved, the Department of Conservation at the Hudogestvena Akademia (National Academy of Arts) in Sofia, Bulgaria has been given membership so that the students there can increase their professional knowledge and expertise.
A list of institutions supported by the Opportunities Fund can be found Opportunities Fund.
The impact for these institutions has been significant, summed up by Stefan Belishki of the Hudogestvena Akademia: “membership of IIC gives us a wonderful opportunity to get in contact with other professional conservators, to discuss professional issues and, of course, to see ourselves in the big picture of the profession and in the complex process of conservation of cultural heritage. This networking allows us to update and increase our knowledge and (eventually) to contribute by sharing experience, achievements and professional problems.”
There are more institutions with similar needs, but there is not the cash to pay for all those who would benefit. The Opportunities Fund needs a major injection to ensure its long-term success
World Membership Categories
These categories of World Membership are available:
World Membership Category - Annual Donation
Gold World Member - £180 or more
Silver World Member - £60 or more
Bronze World Member - £25 or more
World Member - up to £25
Current IIC World Members
Since 2012 the response to a call for donations during the membership renewal process has generated a tremendous response, and IIC Council acknowledges and thanks all those who have contributed.
The donors for the current IIC membership year are as follows:
IIC Gold World Members
IIC Silver World Members
Jo Kirby Atkinson
IIC Bronze World Members
IIC World Members
Barbara Berrie H
Jose Artur dos Santos Pestana
Christine Leback Sitwell