By Bill Fairbanks, CSI, CDT
I hope you have heard The Foundation mentioned by Houston CSI members. For those who are not familiar with, or have questions about THE HOUSTON CSI FOUNDATION I offer this review.
Definition for this type of foundation: an institution financed by a donation or legacy to aid research, education, the arts, etc.
The Houston CSI Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1974 for the purpose of advancing construction technology, documentation, and communication throughout the design and construction communities through education at all levels within the industry.
Since its inception in 1974, the Foundation has sponsored architectural/engineering/construction (AEC) student activities at CSI conferences. It has contributed to student travel expenses and funded scholarships for area college students.
The Foundation bylaws establish a board of seven directors serving three-year, staggered terms. The Chapter is the sole member of the Foundation and the chapter’s B.O.D. elects the Foundation’s directors. Unfortunately, the Houston Chapter of CSI is the only contributor to the Foundation. There is no reason why other groups, companies, or individuals should not contribute to this deserving charity. The contributions are tax deductible.
In the last few years, most of the Foundation’s efforts have been devoted to scholarships and student travel. No doubt, The Foundation’s board will explore new areas and opportunities that will advance the educational mission of CSI.
For any Houston CSI member who wishes to further support our industry, volunteering to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors could be your answer. There are currently three openings on the board for one-year terms. Please contact me or any chapter officer for further details.