In 2004 a task force was appointed by the Visual Resources Association Board to investigate the tax status situation of the VRA and to make recommendations.  VRA was incorporated in 1982 as a 501 (c) 6 organization, a trade association.  Although a trade association is non-profit, it is an organization established solely to provide direct services to its members.  VRA exemplified a well-functioning and significant 501 (c) 6 organization.  As it grew, the Association’s importance came to extend beyond its member services. Yet, due to United States Internal Revenue Service tax status limitations, the VRA, as a 501 (c) 6 trade association, had not been able to pursue major grants to engage in research or other educational endeavors.

The Association’s educational and research components had become important assets and major resources for the general public and the field of information management.  After a year of studying the issues, the task force recommended that from an organizational standpoint, a separate 501 (c) 3 Visual Resources Association Foundation offered a way to most efficiently oversee and extend these significant and influential educational and research efforts.

 In July 2007, the VRA Foundation was incorporated in the state of Delaware, and in September 2007 the Internal Revenue Service granted the Foundation 501 (c) 3 tax status. The purpose of the new VRA Foundation was to develop and expand educational and research opportunities in the public interest; establish standards for emerging electronic media; manage grants and develop programs to improve the visual resources field; conduct and/or sponsor research in the information sciences and educational technology; publish informative articles, guidelines, and online resources; and complement the work of VRA by providing educational, literary, and scientific outreach to the larger community and general public.

The VRA Foundation Board is comprised of seven directors serving two year terms. Four of the directors are appointed by the VRA Board, and three by the Foundation Board.  Three officers -- a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary -- are selected by the directors from their ranks.

VRA Foundation Founding Board of Directors

Loy Zimmerman, Chair
Arts Curator, Visual Resources Collection
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Margo Ballantyne, Secretary
Visual Resource Curator
Lewis & Clark College
Portland, Oregon

Ann Thomas, Treasurer
Slide Curator
Union College
Schenectady, New York

Kathe Hicks Albrecht
Visual Resource Curator
American University
Washington, DC

Elisa Lanzi
Director of Imaging Center
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts

Virginia M.G. Hall
Senior Instructional Designer
Center for Educational Resources
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Allan T. Kohl
Visual Resources Librarian
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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