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

Equity, Inclusion, AND Access

We welcome, engage, and support all voices, backgrounds, and perspectives to catalyze change in the field and foster a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. We support equity and equitable decision-making and opportunity. We strive to provide an inclusive environment and accessible opportunities for all partners and participants, especially those that are underrepresented or marginalized. 

Partnerships, Collaborations, and Connections

We create and sustain private, public, and community partnerships based on trust and inclusivity that advance the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. We are the best advocates for the field when we connect and speak in a collective voice.

Climate Impact, Environment, and Sustainability

We recognize the unprecedented environmental perils to cultural heritage and the need to support climate resiliency, to mitigate our environmental impact, and to be sustainable in our actions. We strive to advance sustainable practices to fight the impact of the climate crisis, preserve heritage at risk, and improve our field.

Operational Resilience and Excellence

We embrace the strategic management of our organization, reflecting the responsibility to our mission, and are committed to doing so ethically, sustainably, and transparently.