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How You Can Help on Giving Tuesday 2023

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October 18, 2023

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, is Giving Tuesday, and the RCI-IIBEC Foundation (US) and RCI Foundation Canada will be participating in this day of support for charities all over the world.

“The depth and breadth of knowledge I gained from the symposium was immeasurable. Being in the company of experts and pioneers in the field was both humbling and enlightening. I found myself engrossed in the sessions, soaking in every bit of information, and coming out with a renewed passion for the subject. The event not only allowed me to expand my knowledge but also provided a platform to network, share, and learn from others. “Beyond the learning, the joy of being there, and the fun interactions made the experience truly memorable. Such opportunities are rare, and I cannot thank you enough for making it possible for me.” Tyler Seiwert, Pittsburg State (Kansas), Construction Management Major, BES Student Sponsorship and RCI-Newlan Scholarship Recipient

This year the foundations’ goal is to raise $126,000 for the student funds: the Robert W. Lyons and Lewis W. Newlan scholarship funds as well as the Joe Hale Student Sponsorship Fund. Donations will go toward eight scholarships and sending students to the IIBEC Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as to the Building Enclosure Symposium (BES) in Toronto, Ontario, next fall.

“It’s all about investing in our future. Last year we raised $115,000 and were able to use these funds to send 39 students to the Houston convention and 23 students to the BES in Orlando this past September,” said Ralph Paroli, chair of RCI Foundation Canada. “Additionally, this academic year we awarded $30,000 in scholarships, bringing us to $175,000 invested in these academic scholarships since they were created in 2018.”

The Joe Hale Student Sponsorship Fund (formerly named the student convention fund) has helped sponsor 320 students to attend the IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show and BES by covering registration, hotel, meals, and up to $750 in travel expenses. These students also receive one-year student membership in IIBEC. Many of these students now have careers in the building enclosure industry.

Some average costs for these programs are:

Lyons Scholarship (per individual): $5,000

RCI-Newlan Scholarship (per individual): $2,500

Convention sponsorship (average): $1,536

Student membership in IIBEC: $180

Student registration for BES: $175

Gifts to the foundations’ general fund over the last year helped complete research grants on unit price procurement and roof fasteners, and it funded an updated monograph on wind uplift on low slope roofs as well as research on spandrel glazing heat loss.

Here’s how you can help:

Between now and midnight of November 28, individuals, families, and industry can make gifts online at:

(US) RCI-IIBEC Foundation

(Canada) RCI Foundation Canada

Additionally, if you or your company would like to donate stock or vehicle or make a pledge, please contact Rick Gardner, foundations development officer, at