Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the Foundation?

Browse our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular announcements about grants, internships, and educational and professional development opportunities. You may also contact our Foundation Directors, who will be happy to answer questions. VRA members will see periodic postings on VRA-L and on the News feed of VRA’s home page.

What is the purpose of the new VRA Foundation?

The VRA Foundation develops and expands educational and research opportunities in the public interest; manages grants and develops programs to improve the visual resources field; sponsors research in information sciences and educational technology; publishes informative articles, guidelines, and online resources; and complements the work of VRA by providing educational, literary, and scientific outreach to the larger community and general public. Through the VRA Foundation, VRA furthers its significant and educational and research efforts.

What is the difference between the Visual Resources Association and the VRA Foundation?

VRA established the VRA Foundation to oversee and develop grants, administer educational activities, and support community outreach projects. The missions of the two organizations are closely aligned, with a few important distinctions. VRA is a non-profit 501 (c) 6 trade association created to provide direct services to its members, while VRAF is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization serving the entire visual resources profession more broadly, regardless of VRA membership. VRA is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. VRAF’s mission proceeds from there to provide financial support for a broad range of educational and research efforts in the profession, including but not limited to the activities of VRA.

Can I become a member of the VRA Foundation?

The VRA Foundation is not a membership organization. Many of the activities of the Foundation will emanate from VRA and the VRA membership, however, the Foundation also provides a home for collaborative initiatives with other organizations and individuals.

How is the Foundation governed?

The Foundation is governed by a set of bylaws and a board of seven directors. Foundation bylaws stipulate that the VRA Executive Board appoints four directors, while the Foundation Board itself appoints three. Foundation directors’ three-year terms are staggered. Between two and three individuals are selected each year before the Foundation’s Annual Meeting, which is scheduled concurrently with VRA’s Annual Conference.