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Becoming a Project Partner

Project Partnership Guidelines

Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Inquiry

Founded in 1974 by former missionaries Jim Mayer, Paul Strege, and others, IPM identifies and selects community-based, interfaith projects around the world for funding and technical support by linking them in partnership with individuals, families, congregations, schools, and like-minded organizations around the world. IPM strives to provide an alternate, effective, and personal way to develop partnerships that promote justice, peace and hope in three program areas:

Children Women Youth

IPM's emphasis is on partnering together, sharing hope and empowering one another to seek change. To achieve this, IPM focuses on the following four principles:

*Shared Partnership where mission is a two-way street between projects and donors;
*Global Awareness that we are part of a inter-connected world community;
*Personalization where projects work in direct partnership with donors & friends;
*Facilitation of work across borders of faith, culture and economic privilege.

ELIGIBILITY: IPM looks for projects that address the root causes of injustice and works for social change. The project should facilitate interfaith collaboration and participate in the local community. All those interested must submit a ONE-PAGE description of the project and proposed budget prior to submitting an application. IPM Staff will notify you on how to proceed upon receipt of your ONE-PAGE project description.

IPM makes contributions generally totaling no more than US$10,000 annually for a period of three to five years. IPM will accept no more than one application per year for any given project or organization. The annual project proposal deadline is August 1st for the following calendar year.

PROJECTS BASED IN THE USA must be part of or sponsored by an organization that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations requesting funds for their own projects may not have budgets exceeding US$250,000. This condition may not apply to sponsoring organizations.
In the event that IPM invites you to apply you will be asked for to provide copies of the following documents:
1. The organization's IRS classification letter;
2. The organization's latest audit and/or financial statements or records;
3. The organization's current operating budget;
4. The list of the organization's Board of Trustees;
5. A letter of support from the sponsoring organization.

PROJECTS BASED OUTSIDE THE USA:
Organizations requesting funds for their own projects may not have budgets exceeding US$100,000. This condition may not apply to sponsoring organizations. Projects must either be:
A. Affiliated with a US based 501(c)(3) organization or
i. In this case please follow the guidelines 1-5 listed under projects based in the USA; OR
B. Affiliated with a non-governmental organization (NGO) or voluntary agency (VOLAG). In the event that IPM invites you to apply for partnership you will be asked to provide copies of the following documents:
i. The organization's current operating budget;
ii. The project's current operating budget;
iii. The list of the organization's Board of trustees.

All approved projects must have a designated coordinator(s) who is willing and able to enter into formal partnership with IPM. This partnership entails:
*Regular correspondence with IPM donors and friends;
*Successful completion of the project's goals and objectives;
*Annual submission of reports and completed evaluations to the IPM office;
* Facilitation of cross cultural visits by IPM donors, friends and staff;
*Openness to possible sponsored travel to IPM's headquarters or other sites *
*Willingness to help replicate their project or share experiences and expertise with other communities.

IPM does not generally accept requests for capital, endowment, conferences or denominational evangelization. IPM uses the SMART evaluation process to chart progress and ensure that the success of the project may be shared with others. All projects should therefore be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based. While completing your application you should specifically consider the following criteria.

1) How does your project address the root causes of injustice and work for social change?
2) How does your project facilitate interfaith collaboration?
3) How does your project respect diversity of your local community?
4) How does your project include the participation of your local community?
5) How does your project value the whole person's body, mind and spirit?
6) How does your project respect the environment?
7) How does your project avoid duplication of other local efforts?
8) How does your project plan to continue into the future?