IANDS's mission is to advance global understanding of near-death experiences and related phenomena through research, education, and supportive communities and resources. Our vision is a world in which near-death experiences and related phenonena are widely recognized as valid and profound experiences that inspire and create lasting positive change. The strategic plan describes how this mission will be implemented over the coming year, with specific goals and strategies for each of the three major functions of our mission.

Each year the plan is revised by the IANDS Board of Directors with input from many people including IANDS members, working committee participants, experiencers, and other interested individuals. Strategic plans are not static; they are most useful if they are updated periodically to reflect changing circumstances and opportunities. For examples, we have already accomplished many items in the current plan and are working hard on others, learning as we move forward. We are committed to an annual planning process where we take into account our progress, solicit input from our members, and evaluate our priorities.

As with many non-profit organizations, the actual tasks that make up the objectives in the plan are done primarily by volunteers. IANDS is always seeking people with the time, energy, and skills to help us achieve our vision. We urge you to contact the IANDS office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let IANDS know how you can help.

In addition to human resources, IANDS will need significant funding to implement these important strategies. As outlined in the current plan, we have been working hard to increase membership which provides the bulk of our operating funds. To supplement that we are rapidly expanding the educational products and services, "fee for services," that we provide. We also are working on the infrastructure to receive planned gifts and will be fundraising for various objectives through grant proposals and constituent appeals.

Please let us have your input and any resources – time and/or funds – that will help us accomplish our mission and vision.

2024 Strategic Goals:

1. Improve visitors' experience and engagement on IANDS's website. (Examples: Complete creation of new modern design and content changes on website; appoint a Website Content Manager)

2. Enhance organization functions and customer service. (Examples: Hire 1/4-time Executive Director; create descriptions for each IANDS leadership role and working entity [committee, etc.]; create policy for IANDS presenters and podcasters promoting their own business)

3. Enhance resources for mental health support. (Examples: Expand listing of mental health professionals with transpersonal competence to include at least one referral from every [or almost every] state; revise Group Leader Handbook to include mental health response)

4. Increase IANDS's publications. (Examples: Complete production of El Yo No Muere, Segunda Edición; produce audiobook version of Impressions of Near-Death Experiences; create one-sheet/two-side Fact Sheet for NDEs and primary related experiences [ADC, SDE, etc.]; begin updating The Big Book of NDEs; pursue discussion of NDE virtual reality production)