The International Federation of Professional Organizing Associations (IFPOA) is a forum to foster communication and best practices amongst professional organizing and productivity associations worldwide in a collaborative effort to elevate our industry globally. The member associations work together to increase the visibility and professionalism of the organizing and productivity industry throughout the world through cooperation and respect amongst Federation members.

Each member association is represented by its President and his/her designee. The Federation meets formally twice a year via Zoom to exchange information including professional best practices, association challenges and organizing profession statistics. They also meet informally at various Association conferences throughout the year.

IFPOA Meeting April 28, 2017

NAPO Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


The History of the IFPOA

In November 2006 at the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) Conference in Toronto, Ontario, the then presidents of the three largest professional organizing associations in the world – Barry Izsak of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Jane Woolsey of POC, and Lynne Johnson of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (now the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, ICD) – met informally to discuss areas of common interest. From that meeting grew their vision to create a global community of professional organizing and productivity associations to elevate the professional organizing industry worldwide.

The group met again in April 2007 at the NAPO Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were joined by POC Vice-President Morva Bowman, Incoming NAPO President Standolyn Robertson, and NAPO Treasurer Valentina Sgro.

The official formation of IFPOA took place on November 3, 2007, at the POC Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The IFPOA continues to grow with member associations around the world.

Signing IFPOA Agreement
The IFPOA Agreement was signed in November of 2007 in Vancouver, Canada.  Standing from left to right are Standolyn Robertson, NAPO; Jane Woolsey, POC; and Lynne Johnson, ICD.