The Chapter of the Year Award


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Past Winners

Southeast Wisconsin (Small)
Greater Phoenix Chapter (Large)

About this Award

The Chapter of the Year Award is split into two categories: chapters with more than 200 members and chapters with 200 or fewer members. The criteria for each category are identical. These awards will be presented to the two chapters that excel in membership marketing, professional development, newsletter publishing and Web communication. Additionally, these chapters meet or exceed membership expectations, are fiscally responsible, communicate to their membership a clear strategic plan and implement its action items. They also maintain quality growth, are innovative in raising funds and have a high percentage of members attending and participating in meetings. The judging panel will consist of an IFMA staff person and six IFMA champions who have experience in chapter leadership positions.

Chapters must be in good standing with IFMA. This award will be given to only one chapter in each category per year as determined by the judges. A chapter that has won this award within the past two years is ineligible to participate.

Criteria & Scoring

Judges score entries based on the following criteria and point guidance. Learn more »

  1. What has been the most successful strategy for membership marketing? Describe in quantifiable terms how this strategy has strengthened the chapter. How is this strategy tied into the chapter’s strategic plan? (0-20 pts.)
  2. What strategy does the chapter employ to retain its members? What feedback instrument is used to measure satisfaction? Describe in quantifiable terms how this strategy has strengthened the chapter. How is this strategy tied into the chapter’s strategic plan? (0-10 pts.)
  3. How does the chapter contribute to the professional development of its members? Discuss the various monthly programs offered, additional seminars and chapter participation in encouraging members to obtain a credential. How is professional development strategy tied into the chapter’s strategic plan? (0-10 pts.)
  4. How has the chapter worked with local colleges, universities or institutes and other organizations to advance the facility management profession? Does the chapter offer support to the IFMA Foundation? (0-10 pts.)
  5. Discuss chapter communications. How is important information disseminated to members? Include information about the newsletter, public relations, Web site, etc. How is this strategy tied into the chapter’s strategic plan? (0-10 pts.)
  6. Discuss the chapter’s financial strategy. How are funds raised and how is revenue spent? Are donations made to the IFMA Foundation or scholarship funds? How does the chapter focus its charitable giving so that it meets their mission and advances the facility management profession? Are sponsorships accepted and how are they utilized? How is this strategy tied into the chapter’s strategic plan? (0-10 pts.)
  7. How does your chapter recognize chapter volunteers? Does the chapter have an annual awards program? If yes, what awards do you give? (0-10 pts.)
  8. How has the chapter tied its strategic plan to IFMA’s strategic plan? What efforts are made for chapter-wide buy-in of the strategic plan? (0-10 pts.)
  9. What is the strategy for succession planning? How are future chapter leaders identified, engaged and prepared? (0-10 pts.)

Additional Information

Specific requirements for the Chapter of the Year Award:

  • Nominator must be an IFMA member in good standing (dues current).
  • Chapter must be recertified for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

General Information

  • Nominations are scored on content only, not creative presentation of the submission.
  • The submission covers activities from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.
  • Submission forms are PDF documents. Get Adobe Reader
  • Submission form information should be typed or computer-generated within the PDF form.
  • All answers are limited to one page (500 words).
  • Please limit exhibits to five file attachments unless specifically stated otherwise in the award category.
  • Please be sure to email the completed submission form and exhibit files as email attachments to
  • Exhibits, such as booklets, pictures, are an important part of this submission.
  • All questions on the nomination form should be completed as requested.
  • Authorization should be made digitally on the PDF form.
  • Deadline for receipt of nomination to IFMA is May 12, 2014.