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AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.
AIGA pursues its mission by connecting practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons through regional, national and global events and by creating and curating content that:
AIGA had 67 chapters as of December 31, 2013; AIGA Middle East was added during the course of the year as an international affiliate. Chapters serve as AIGA’s most direct connection with members and are led by passionate, dedicated volunteers.
The board of directors refined AIGA’s strategic framework in 2013, based on feedback from members and chapter leadership. The framework is organized around four critical areas:
22,323 members belonged to AIGA as of December 31, 2013, an increase of 9 percent compared to December 31, 2012.
Goal: Ensure a well-managed, financially sound, and responsive professional organization
AIGA’s FY 2013 audited financial statement is available online. AIGA’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Friedman LLP provided an unqualified audit of AIGA practices and finances, the highest expectation for prudent and responsible financial management.
Note: The uses of funds reflect the allocation of staff and overhead to each function, as well as direct expenses.
In FY 2013, revenue from membership dues totaled nearly $2.9 million. In order to provide services to members, AIGA raised the balance of the $5.2 million budget from program fees, sponsorships, grants or working capital. In other words, for every dollar in membership dues received, AIGA raised close to an additional dollar from other sources.
Membership revenues cover the following, including activities that would have to be undertaken individually by chapters without the benefits of scale when done centrally:
Fundraising, development, communications, advocacy, competitions and exhibitions, and education are funded from revenues raised by AIGA from program fees and development activities.
AIGA’s board of directors is elected by members at the Sustaining, Design Leader and Trustee level. The board plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA, ensuring
that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past,
present and future members.
AIGA’s official sponsors—Adobe, Aquent and Shutterstock—make
significant investments in AIGA, and in turn support activities we would not be
able to pursue alone. Their support is critical to AIGA's full range of programs each
year and represent a substantial and sustained investment in the future of
design and the design profession.
As AIGA’s Official AIGA Sponsor for Design Solutions, Adobe
creates innovative programs that give members a voice and engage the creative
community in dialogues about design and technology.
Aquent is the Official AIGA Sponsor for Professional
Development, serving as a source for creative and design talent as well as
providing access to great career opportunities for AIGA members nationwide.
AIGA’s Official Sponsor for Creative Inspiration,
Shutterstock, offers members a comprehensive library of more than 15 million
stock photographs and vector illustrations.
Presenting sponsors play a critical role by investing in a
single national AIGA event or initiative that AIGA develops for its members. Frequently, these activities
would not be possible without the support of the presenting sponsor.
The Creative Group (TCG)—a leader in matching creative talent with the best companies—is the Presenting Sponsor of INitiative, a new AIGA national program that provides knowledge and tools to help in-house designers make a greater impact at their companies, evolve professionally and connect with a broader network of peers.
Program and event sponsors contribute to the resources necessary for AIGA to provide specific individual programs and events to its members, to the broader design community or to the public.
AIGA’s 15-member board is elected by the entire professional membership
and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA.
Section: About AIGA -
Each year, AIGA provides a report of
activities and accomplishments to members and stakeholders; the 2012
report is shown here in full.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
Section: About AIGA
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NEW YORK—July 1, 2014. Today five board members and a new presidents council representative join the national board of directors
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After much discussion throughout the entire design community, the national board
approved the sale of AIGA’s building in New York City. At this pivotal point in our history, the board
adopted a revised strategic framework which articulates four strategic focuses for the organization and outlines the process and timeline for funding decisions.
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