Why Partner with the IVMF?

There is a strong and compelling business case supporting the decision to become a partner to the IVMF—such a commitment not only advances corporate citizenship and social responsibility objectives, but also creates a unique opportunity to realize both social and economic return to the business.

Through partnership with the IVMF:

  • Advance your corporate citizenship and social responsibility goals
  • Invest and be a part of the nation’s leading academic institute impacting the military-connected community through class-leading programs, services, and research
  • Become a strong voice shaping the national conversation and related policy
  • Access our expertise as a trusted, neutral arbiter of facts and trends related to the veteran and military community

Specifically, the case supporting a partnership with the IVMF is strong and multi-dimensional, to include:

Leadership in an Area of National Importance

More than 3 million men and women have made the transition from military to civilian life since 2001. Many of these veterans have endured multiple combat deployments and extended separations from family. Not since World War II has the country been in a position to shepherd an entire generation of combat veterans and military families through the transition from military to civilian life. The issues they face are formidable, and efforts to support veterans and military families will be the subject of public and private-sector discourse for the next 20 years.

The IVMF team is playing a central role in defining and informing this discourse, and supporting our efforts positions our partners to have a meaningful voice in this important social and economic conversation.

Leverage State-of-the-Art Research and Practice

The success of veterans, active service members, and their families stands at the forefront of the mission-driven work that IVMF undertakes daily. While there is extensive data readily available that drives the work, the programs, and the impact of what we do; data alone can only provide so much insight.

Elected officials, civic and business leaders, and creative professionals need concrete illustrations of how veterans and family members serving in the civilian work world effects the economy and the community. Supporting the IVMF creates an opportunity for your organization to do the following:

  • Comb resources and research to provide the most impact.
  • Take such resources and focus on specific programs and practices for veterans and military families.
  • Make Change. Resources and research combined with action can make change in government, communities, and ultimately the lives of veterans and military families.

Media and Public Relations Impact

The IVMF and our associated programming are the subjects of extensive and ongoing media coverage. The IVMF’s self-employment focused training program has been the subject of more than 100 national news stories, reaching more than 46 million unique individuals. This media coverage includes the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, along with the ABC Evening News with David Muir, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News, as well as the New York Times, LA Times, INC Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur Magazine, and numerous others.

Additionally, the IVMF’s programs and publications are regularly publicized by the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor, and other federal agencies.

Partner with the IVMF

We are grateful for our compassionate corporate, philanthropic, university, and government partners. Each partnership helps veterans and military families get the proper training, education, and other resources they need to ensure long-term careers and a successful lifestyle in career transition.

Learn more about our partners, what they do for the IVMF, and how you can help.

If your organization wishes to explore partnership opportunities with the IVMF, please contact Raymond Toenniessen, Assistant Vice President for Veterans Development, at 315.443.0256 or rmtoenni@syr.edu.