Idealliance Foundation Establishes Award at Ryerson University

Ryerson's School of Graphic Communications Management shares the same mission as Idealiance, its CEO says, and that is to develop leaders in the graphics industry.


The Alexandria, Virginia-based International Digital Enterprise Alliance, better known as Idealliance, announces the establishment of the Idealliance Award at Ryerson University‘s School of Graphic Communications Management.

According to the nonprofit, the award was established “to support future leaders of the industry for accessibility and inclusive education opportunities, especially to those in need of financial support.”

The award was founded by the Idealliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by Idealliance in 2005 to advance global education, technical expertise, innovation, and transformative initiatives that prepare graphic communications professionals for the next generation of technology, workflows, standards, specifications, and market trends to help guide them as they prepare to make their imprint on the industry.

“The Foundation develops a vast depth of curriculum, training materials, programs and the most recognized certifications in the world to help propel the future leaders of our industry,” Idealliance says in a statement. “The Idealliance Foundation fulfills its mission by providing scholarships, training, certification, curriculum and support of living our brand through giving to students and educational institutions throughout the world, where there is a core focus in packaging, printing, publishing and media. The Idealliance Foundation is supported by contributions to the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event, the Idealliance Global Benefactor giving program, sale of training materials, and other special sponsorship programs.”

Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management is celebrating 75 years in operation. In the fall of 2018, GCM brought in 195 first-year students out of more than 1,000 applications received. Aside from its operations at its Toronto campus, the school also has a global presence, with 133 partner universities in 37 countries offering its curriculum.

“The alignment in values and mission is quite extraordinary. We do a lot with Ryerson University,” says Timothy Baechle, CEO of Idealliance and president of the Idealliance Foundation. “We meet their students and faculty all over the world and their focus on giving and family is something that is in perfect alignment with who we are as an organization and a foundation. Their curriculum is also very unique in the fact that it prepares students not just for graphics communications, but business and the world, allowing them to be amply prepared for life after university,”

The Idealliance Foundation notes that, as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, it is sustained by contributions, all of which are tax deductible. If you would like to give in any way, in any amount, as an organization or an individual, contact Baechle at tbaechle@idealliance.org or visit the website here.

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