The Project Management Institute is the leading professional membership association in the world that is not-for-profit and serves the project, program, and portfolio management professions. Since its founding in 1969, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has been providing value to more than 2.9 million professionals who are located in nearly every country in the globe. This is accomplished through worldwide advocacy, cooperation, education, and research. Through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities, PMI develops careers, improves corporate effectiveness, and further matures the profession of project management.