Other Ways to Get Involved

International Speakers Circle
Bring experts from around the world to speak with your class, team, congregation, or staff, speaking on topics ranging from women’s roles in Sub-Saharan Africa, to community organizing in Nepal, to healthcare in Nicaragua.

The IPM Speakers Circle brings visitors from around the world to the United States each year to share their work with our Project Partners, as well as on many other topics, with friends and supporters of IPM.

Topics for discussion may include women’s rights, human rights, community organizing, women’s health, children and nutrition, and much more.

Contact IPM to invite one of our speakers to share with your group, or organize an event of friends and family to hear about the remarkable work of our speakers from around the world.
Contact the IPM office at office@ipmconnect.org or +1.216.932.4082 to book a speaking engagement.

Annual Events
There are lots of ways to get involved in IPM’s events—either on our Event Committees, as a volunteer, or through sponsorship opportunities.

IPM’s Annual Luncheon, Cleveland
Our Annual Luncheon is held each year in Cleveland, and provides a chance for local supporters to gather and learn more about IPM’s work. We feature a keynote speaker from one of our Regions of focus each year, and present the Richard E. Sering Award to those who foster the same dedication to promoting justice, peace, and hope around the world as Rev. Sering did for over 30 years as a friend and supporter of IPM.

Our Namaste event, held every Spring in Cleveland, is a chance for IPM family and friends to celebrate together the work of IPM and our Project Partners. There is food, music, dancing, handicrafts, a silent auction, and other activities for those of all ages.

Annual Event in St. Louis
IPM holds an annual event each year in St. Louis, Missouri, the city of our founding, in recognition of IPM’s remarkable history. We inaugurated this event in 2008 and presented the First Annual Mayer-Strege Award, named for our founders. This event has become an annual tradition, and a great way for those new to IPM to learn about our founding mission and vision.

Volunteer Driven Events

IPM relies on volunteers to dream up and run events around the USA and the world to expand IPM’s reach and grow our mission and vision. There are lots of great, budget-friendly, ways to support IPM by running an event of your own with friends, family, or community members. Some event ideas might include an informal informational gathering, a movie screening with discussion, a dinner or cocktail party fundraiser, or a selling IPM handcrafts. Events can be fundraisers, or educational events. Have a creative idea of your own? Contact the IPM Staff for support and resources in planning your event at ifender@ipmconnect.org or +1.216.932.4082

Past events have included:
Christmas Brie en Brioche Sale
Yoga in the Park fundraiser
Christmas Concert series in New York City
Online sale of handmade crafts
“High Tea” to benefit IPM Project Partner
Ladies Night Cocktail Party with IPM International Visitors
Garage sale fundraiser

Wish List
IPM is always looking for contributions of items, or expertise that would enhance our work, and expand our ability to effectively support children, women, and youth around the world. We are currently seeking:

Small, digital video cameras (preferably Flip cameras: www.theflip.com)
Skype friendly headsets (see www.skype.com)
TV with built in DVD player
Couches, sitting chairs, reception furniture
Computers (new or like-new condition)

Giving Circle
Consider starting a giving circle of friends and family to benefit IPM! Gather an interested group together to make a joint contribution. Giving circles are a great way to expand the reach of IPM while multiplying your personal impact on IPM’s Project Partners. You may choose one Project to give to consistently with your circle, or choose a new Project each month. There are many models for giving circles, and IPM Staff are available to help you decide what might work best for you. Call Ilze Fender at +1.216.932.4082 or email her at ifender@ipmconnect.org for more information.