Project Management

PMIEF and Special Olympics Partner to Prepare Youth Leaders


The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) sustains its commitment to youth through partnerships with the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofits. This not only enhances these organizations’ operations and programming, but also enables them to more meaningfully engage young people in rigorous, project-based activities as they learn project management. As a result, they develop the life skills necessary for academic, professional and personal success.

PMIEF awarded a grant to Special Olympics, Inc. in 2017 for the “PMIEF – Special Olympics Project Management Center of Excellence” initiative. The organization, founded 50 years ago by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, provides year-round athletic training and competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The grant strengthened the project management capabilities of Special Olympics’ staff across the globe through in-depth training to support its fundraising, programming and communications. It also permitted the organization to establish a Project Management Center of Excellence, through which it develops and implements its project planning, execution, governance and standardization.

The foundation further collaborated with the organization in 2018 to support its newly launched Youth Innovation Grants initiative. PMIEF …

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