IFIAS is incorporated under the laws of Canada as a not-for-profit corporation, and is a registered charity under the Canadian Income Tax Act. IFIAS has a legal entity in the U.S. which can be for fund-raising and operational purposes. IFIAS Americas is registered under Section 501 (c) (3) as a private foundation.
IFIAS is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. A majority of the Board members must drawn from the membership. The Board has a theoretical limit of 25 members, but currently stands at 10 members. They are as follows:
IFIAS is affiliated with UNESCO with Category B consultative status. IFIAS is a member of the INGO Forum, which is made up of international non-governmental organizations whose Secretariats are located in Canada. IFIAS shares with other INGOs the characteristic that its membership and governance is international. IFIAS is neither a northern or a southern organization: the location of the Secretariat is essentially a matter of convenience, unrelated to the basic concerns and interests of the institution, which are global in scope.