At Iron Mountain, we believe that everyone deserves equal access to the ideas and artifacts
that compose our human experience, regardless of economic or geographic barriers.
That’s why we created the Living Legacy Initiative to help museums and other nonprofit
institutions protect and provide access to these cultural and heritage treasures. To
fulfill our mission, we draw on our 60-year experience and provide our non-profit partners
with a combination of financial grants, in-kind services and information management
How the Living Legacy Initiative works
Iron Mountain identifies potential partners through a rolling RFP process and chooses
organizations based on a combination of need, impact of the proposed project, and Iron
Mountain’s ability to make meaningful contributions to the project’s success.
While each partnership varies depending on the type of project and the needs of the nonprofit,
Iron Mountain usually lends assistance through a mix of consulting, solution architecting,
financial grants and in-kind services. These in-kind services include digitizing
documents and analog media; restoring deteriorated film and audio reels; and securely
storing hardcopy items for archival or disaster recovery purposes.
Why this work is so important
To lose a piece of our culture or heritage is to lose a piece of ourselves. We must preserve
it and make sure it’s accessible so that we may better understand ourselves and
each other. Most of us tend to take for granted our ability to access elements of our culture
and heritage like famous landmarks or historical documents. But these original sites
and records won’t last forever. Eventually we’ll lose them to age, weather, disaster, war or
While technology allows us to create digital copies of physical items and to share them
via the Internet, many museums and cultural institutions lack the financial resources and
know-how to properly preserve cultural material and make it digitally available. In fact, a
recent survey of these organizations conducted on behalf of Iron Mountain found that 30
percent felt they lacked the expertise to implement policies and processes for preserving
their collections, and 38 percent said they lacked the proper resources.
Through the Living Legacy Initiative, Iron Mountain can help its nonprofit partners close
the gap, providing the requisite resources and expertise. This advances the organization’s
mission of preservation and education and gives Iron Mountain the opportunity to do
something it loves and finds critically important.
Why Iron Mountain believes it can make a difference
At our core, we protect information and create access to it. That’s what we do today for
94 percent of the Fortune 1000, and that’s what we did 60 years ago when we opened as
an underground storage facility for protecting records from the possibility of nuclear war.
Over this time, we have grown to become the world’s largest information storage and
management company, with a broad portfolio of solutions for storing, accessing and using
information; an expansive service network across 36 countries, and decades of experience
and knowledge on how to protect and manage information.
In our trust is information belonging to the world’s largest companies along with price-less