The IACTM Foundation origin
In 2007, the IACTM co-founders Jana Allmrodt and Jevon Dängeli began making contact with humanitarian organisations in South Africa with the intention to provide free training to volunteers at those organisations. Their idea was to equip volunteering charity personnel and social workers with NLP and coaching skills in order for this to have a positive impact at a grassroots level within the poorer communities in South Africa. This initiative began to flourish, with the first sponsored participant attending their course in 2008. A year later they relocated their home to Europe and although they still present their courses in South Africa annually, without regular in-person contact with humanitarian organisations in that country, their initiative became hampered.
In order to continue their mission as well as make it more global, they approached other service providers in the coaching, therapy, mentoring and training industry, encouraging them to get involved. Their aim was to identify useful education resources that could be made freely available for the benefit of disadvantaged individuals and groups, by supporting and empowering the volunteers that are dedicated to helping these people. This initiative lead to an accumulation of education resources (including courses, products and services).
Next, they conceptualised and established a means of ensuring that all education resources offered by IACTM are of the highest quality and value. For this purpose, the IACTM Standard of Excellence was created in order for education resources that meet this standard to be eligible for The IACTM Stamp of Approval.
With only the investment of their own time and energy, Jana and Jevon were limited in their capacity to popularise this initiative sufficiently in order for it to have a significant benefit to society. Then, as the flood of refugees from Africa and the Middle East to Europe escalated in 2015, a sense of urgent need arose to get helpful resources to those that could put them to good use. All around Europe people without any form of training in dealing with humanitarian issues began volunteering their time and energy to help the desperate refugees that were arriving in their countries. This catastrophe prompted Jana and Jevon to give urgent attention to making the useful resources in their organisation more available to people that could benefit from them. As such, a separate branch of IACTM was created – committed to supporting and empowering those who were actively involved in helping others in crisis. After a series of intensive dialogues with people involved in humanitarian aid, eliciting their challenges and needs, the complete concept and function of the IACTM Foundation was finalised in December 2015. The IACTM website was rebuilt to accommodate this new service, which was launched to the public in June 2016.
Today, the primary mission of the IACTM Foundation is to create opportunities for positive change through empowering people who volunteer their time and energy in humanitarian aid initiatives. We go about this by making the volunteer’s choice of IACTM approved resources available for free. We pay the resource providers to deliver their course, service or product at no cost to the volunteer (beneficiary). In order to achieve this, we seek donations from sponsors.
“We are truly grateful to our sponsors for their generous contributions, for this is what enables The IACTM Foundation to fulfil its mission.”
To this day Jana and Jevon continue to invest their time and energy into managing and growing this nonprofit cause. Read more about the IACTM Foundation here.