ASAE Foundation Welcomes African Association Management Study Mission to Washington

Association executives from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nairobi, Nigeria and South Africa will arrive in Washington, DC April 24 for a week-long learning opportunity convened by the ASAE Foundation. The African Association Management Study Mission includes education sessions on various topics of association management, as well as in-person visits with representatives from leading U.S. associations.

WASHINGTON—Association executives from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nairobi, Nigeria and South Africa will arrive in Washington, DC April 24 for a week-long learning opportunity convened by the ASAE Foundation. The African Association Management Study Mission includes education sessions on various topics of association management, as well as in-person visits with representatives from leading U.S. associations.

The goal of the study mission is to help African association executives develop skills to create strong, self-sustaining membership organizations and to share with their American counterparts some of their successes and lessons learned during their trip to Washington. Study mission attendees will engage in learning sessions and knowledge exchange in areas such as financial management, membership development, non-dues revenue, board leadership development, advocacy, and marketing and communications.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for us to share with our African counterparts the nuts and bolts of U.S. associations and the work our organizations conduct on behalf of members, as well as an excellent way for U.S. associations to learn about the work of associations in several African countries directly from their counterparts,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

U.S. association professionals were invited to serve as mentors to delegates during one-on-one discussions; join the group for a reception to exchange knowledge and build connections; and support an attendee with a partial scholarship to cover various expenses. 

“This study mission would not be possible without the help of the ASAE community, which has supported this idea from its inception,” said Velma R. Hart, CAE, executive director of Giving Initiatives and Alternatives and immediate past chairman of ASAE. “In the first few weeks of planning this program, we’ve received more than 100 volunteer requests, which is really an overwhelming expression of support from the ASAE community and shows the kindness and goodwill of the people who make up our community. It is also a great example of our commitment to extend the global reach of our profession.”

The ASAE Foundation wishes to thank all contributors who have supported the program with in kind and monetary support:

  • DelCor technology Solutions Inc, led by President Dave Coriale and CEO Loretta M. DeLuca, and The Signature Group, led by President & CEO Mike Perdue, donated iPads for the African delegation. 
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise has agreed to sponsor two delegates from Nigeria and one from Ethiopia.
  • USAID Mission in Monrovia, Liberia, has agreed to sponsor three delegates from Liberia.
  • Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, CPAs has agreed to sponsor a delegate from Kenya.
  • The International Theos Foundation has agreed to sponsor a delegate from Kenya.
  • The American Industrial Hygiene Association, under the leadership of Peter J. O'Neil, CAE, chairman-elect of ASAE/chairman of the ASAE Foundation and executive director of the AIHA, has offered a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 from the organization.
  • Susan Sarfati, CAE, CEO of High Performance Strategies, LLC, has agreed to provide accommodations for two of the delegates during their stay in Washington.


For more information about the study mission, contact Megan Freedman at [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub M. Konysz, 202-626-2831, [email protected]

About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.


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