The Infrastructure Masons’ founding principles say we are professionals meeting to connect, grow, and give back. This last part of the phrase, “give back,” is the purview of the Infrastructure Masons Fund, or IM Fund. The Fund is a group within the iMasons organization dedicated to researching, recommending, and implementing charitable donations, investments in people and industry, and other monetary and volunteer contributions that advance the digital infrastructure industry.
The iMasons Board of Directors has mandated that 15 percent of the organization’s annual income will be diverted to the IM Fund. Throughout the year, special event fundraising will also be dedicated to the IM Fund, like the iMasons Local Edition admission fees and donations. The Board can also decide to divert additional monies to the Fund at any time.
The IM Fund is guided by the IM Fund Committee, a group of volunteers who research donation and investment opportunities, debate the impact of those donations on the industry, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on disbursement of monies to industry-advancing activities.
The IM Fund will be used to fund many different types of industry investments. The fund may decide to provide grants to middle and high schools to raise awareness of the data center industry among young people, influencing them when they are just beginning to decide what their life’s pursuit might be. University scholarships could encourage multi-disciplinary studies as students prepare to enter the job market.
Investments in incubators, startups, and non-profits that advance segments of the industry are also a possible donation target. Groups that promote efficiency, or expand access to knowledge and technology to developing economies could also be beneficiaries. As long as the disbursement advances the digital infrastructure industry, the IM Fund Committee will consider providing financial support, and the broader Infrastructure Masons organization can provide guidance and volunteer help.
The IM Fund has already received over $100,000 in contributions from iMasons budget and special events.
IM Fund Donation
|05/16/16||IM End User Event||$50,000|
|11/16/16||IM Leadership Summit Event||$7,602|
|02/23/17||IM Local Edition, CA||$3,525|
|03/06/17||IM Local Edition, CO||$2,103|
|03/13/17||IM Local Edition. NY||$7,130|
Infrastructure Masons is having a contest to see which Local Edition can raise the most money for the IM Fund! Winner will be celebrated at the Leadership Conference in Nov 2017. The winning local group will receive a prize, to be decided by the IM Fund Committee.
The IM Fund has already donated $50,000 to help build a school in rural India, in cooperation with the Just Let Me Learn foundation. The new school is in Sesawng, a village in the remote mountains of Northeastern India.
The effort to fund the school grew out of a 2012 trip to India in which IM founder Dean Nelson and his mother encountered children who had limited or no access to education. The two created Just Let Me Learn to provide children in economically challenged areas of the world access to education “built on high academic standards and a world view based on human dignity and self-worth.”
Infrastructure Masons held an initial meeting in May of 2016 and raised $50,000 for the school effort, and providing critical financial support to get the school completed and help these children understand and experience the benefits of the digital infrastructure.
How to Get Involved
If you’d like to help with the Infrastructure Masons fund, contact Mark Monroe via firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask to participate in the IM Fund Committee. Meetings are once a month, and the group makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to spend the IM Fund donations.