About Us
The American Institute for Conservation and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation work together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage. Partner with us to further that mission.


The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

FAIC is a 501(c)3 corporation whose only member is the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Our board of directors, comprised of up to 15 members, works in conjunction with the AIC board of directors to develop strategic direction for the organization.



Our mission is to save cultural heritage for future generations, protecting it from decay and destruction.

We advance research and education, lead treatment and collection care initiatives, and deploy conservation expertise to where it is most urgently needed. Our work empowers conservation professionals, strengthens cultural institutions, and engages stakeholders, including public audiences, as we work together to protect cultural heritage for humanity.

Core Values

Honoring Cultural Heritage

FAIC promotes the preservation of cultural heritage as a means toward a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.

Equity and Inclusion

FAIC seeks, values, and embraces diverse backgrounds, experience, and perspectives.

Advancing the Field

FAIC promotes the advancement of expert knowledge and skills centered on the examination, documentation, analysis, treatment, and preventive care of cultural heritage. We promote understanding its value and context and stress informed and shared decision-making. 

Partnership and Community Engagement

FAIC creates and sustains private and public partnerships that enrich and advance the preservation of cultural heritage.

Building Operational Strength and Sustainability

FAIC embraces sustained, strategic management of our organization, reflecting our responsibilities to conservators, allied professions, partners, the public, and our mission.