IREM Foundation Board of Directors

IREM® Foundation Board of Directors

At the IREM Foundation, we’re guided by our belief that well-managed real estate leads to thriving communities. So, we offer scholarships and grants, provide access to innovations in technology and sustainability, and ensure real estate is managed by diverse, knowledgeable, and effective professionals. Since 1977, the IREM Foundation has been assisting those in the real estate management profession as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Learn more about our work at

Applications open through July 15, 2024, for the 2025-2027 IREM Foundation Board of Directors. There are 4-5 open seats for the 2025-2027 term.

  Important updates about 2025 events

   Participation in IREM governance will look different starting in 2025 as we take a new approach to our events! 

   Starting in 2025, IREM will host two new events: 
  • PropertyCon
    An IREM education experience

    April/May (location TBD), a two-day event of educational programming and networking for members and non-members; no governance meetings. This conference allows us to: 
    • Extend our brand as an educational Institute  
    • Expand our reach to more members and non-members – giving more of what people want 
  • IREM Leadership Forum (replaces IREM Global Summit)

    October in Chicago, a training and governance event that includes: 
    • Chapter training for Chapter Boards and IAEs (similar to current Chapter Leadership Retreat) 
    • Networking and celebrations  
    • Governing Council – will be hybrid, participate in-person or virtually
    • Other governance meetings held in-person: IREM Board of Directors, IREM Foundation Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, RVP Advisory Council 
    • All other committees, advisory councils, and ethics panels will be virtual only throughout the year 

What does this mean for you as you consider volunteering in 2025? 
Our goal is to always enhance member experience and optimize volunteer time. This re-imagined approach allows more flexibility and inclusion for governance participation – helping us to expand our volunteer pool. 

  • Save time and money! If you apply to serve and are appointed for a committee, advisory council, or ethics panel, all your meetings will be virtual only. 
  • If you apply for and are nominated to serve on Governing Council, you can choose to attend in-person or participate virtually. 

“There are many reasons as to why I am an IREM volunteer. However, the one I am most grateful for is that I can make an impact on an industry that means so much to me. Whether that be through my participation on an IREM committee or advisory council and the IREM Foundation or through DEI, membership, and charity committees at my local chapter. I also enjoy expanding my network outside of my company, local chapter, and city.”

Kurstie Butcher, CPM®, ARM®
Property Management/Operations Specialist
Draper and Kramer AMO®
Lake in the Hills, IL

Things to know about the Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors must fall within one of the following categories:

  • IREM member or subject matter expert with expertise relevant to the Foundation’s purpose
  • Current or retired real estate manager
  • Educator or researcher

The role, responsibilities, and expectations include:

  • Directors serve three-year terms.
  • Be an annual contributor to the Foundation.
  • Create annual, measurable goals to support fundraising and/or organization priorities.
  • Actively serve on at least one of the Foundation’s standing committees. Committees include Audit & Investment, Development, Grant Review, Nominating, and Scholarship.
  • Prepare, attend, and actively participate in all meetings scheduled throughout the year. Communicate scheduling conflicts in advance; attendance and participation are tracked.
  • Participate in activities as defined by the Foundation Board’s scope of work, such as fundraising, program evaluation, and strategic planning.
  • Build working relationships with other Directors that contribute to consensus-building and decision-making to benefit the Foundation.
  • Act in good faith and in accordance with what is in the best interest of the Foundation.
  • Adhere to the Foundation’s Code of Conduct.

Other important resources:

Looking for other ways to get involved with the IREM Foundation?

Click here to learn more about the Associate Foundation Board.

Foundation Board of Directors FAQs

  • Who is eligible to apply for the Foundation Board of Directors?

    All IREM members and non-members may apply. You must meet the desired qualifications at the time of applying.

  • What are the next steps after I submit my application?

    The Foundation Nominating Committee vets all applications to ensure all qualifications are met before advancing applicants.

    You may be asked to provide additional information, or to interview with the Foundation Nominating Committee.

    The Foundation  Nominating Committee Chair contacts all candidates and provides specific details.

  • If selected by the Foundation Nominating Committee as a Director candidate, when would I be officially elected?

    If selected, you will be notified in August by the Foundation Nominating Committee. The Foundation Board elects the slate of Director nominees during the Foundation Board of Director’s meeting during the IREM Global Summit. All Foundation Board of Directors’ terms begin January 1 through December 31; terms are for three-years.

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Questions? Contact IREM Headquarters at or (800) 837-0706 ext.6094 or (312) 329-6094.

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