About the IRF

IRF is a foundation, not an association, and as such does not maintain a membership. The IRF does however have an active constituency with over 5,000 individuals in our database and over 55,000 unique users a year accessing our research. 

Our constituency draws from suppliers of incentives and rewards products to program owners in Fortune 500 company’s that run Reward and Recognition programs to the many Incentive Houses that serve our market. We also provide hundreds of hours of education each year to all aspects of the incentives and meetings industry and execute our own annual event that brings together 400 of the industry’s top executives for 4 days of education and networking.


How to Get Involved

About the IRF

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), a 501(c)(3) private not-for-profit foundation, funds research studies and develops education serving all segments of the global incentive and recognition industry.

Our research and education focuses on incentives, recognition, and motivation in the workplace with specific research in to engagement, non cash awards. Over its 26 years in existence the IRF has underwritten over 90 projects and committed more than $2 million to research and education.

These research studies have positioned the Incentive Research Foundation as the global resource for independent, cutting-edge information and analysis of incentive marketing practices and applications. Each year the IRF executes 12-17 studies on industry trends.


Research & Education Partners

The IRF accomplishes its mission through an extensive network of education and networking partners including: Aspect Marketing Intelligence, University of Massachusetts, New York University, University of Southern California, University of Missouri, University of Southern Florida, University of Waterloo, Aberdeen Research Group, American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC), the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), The Wharton School, London Business School, Temple University, Northwestern University, Ryerson University, Luton Business School, and GfKNOP.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees oversees all activities within the foundation and is responsible for adopting strategies and policies that further the foundation’s mission. In addition, the Trustees are active in the execution of the foundation’s many research, education, communication and event efforts, made possible through our IRF committees.

Meet Our Board