ASAE Foundation Announces New Grant Program to Spur Innovation, Raise Awareness of Efforts in Associations

WASHINGTON — ASAE Foundation announces a new pilot program called the Innovation Grant Program (IGP) that will provide awards to support innovation exploration and development as well as raise awareness about the innovation efforts within the association community. The new program will launch in the Fall of 2012.

WASHINGTON — ASAE Foundation announces a new pilot program called the Innovation Grant Program (IGP) that will provide awards to support innovation exploration and development as well as raise awareness about the innovation efforts within the association community. The new program will launch in the Fall of 2012.

Selected grant recipients will receive awards of up to $10,000 in either of two categories: travel or exploration. The travel grant is designed to support association professionals visiting organizations that have a demonstrated vision of innovation. The grantee would engage in state-of-the-art learning opportunities and identify ways to apply the outcomes to their organization. The exploration grant is designed to support the development of innovative activities within the grantee’s host organization and help bring the idea to fruition.

“We see these grants as an opportunity for ASAE to support and profile the innovation work that’s occurring in our community as well as a chance to raise the visibility of these programs with our peers. We will also foster new networks and create a comprehensive body of knowledge around these initiatives, programs, and models,” said Chairman-Elect, ASAE Chairman of ASAE Foundation Joseph M. McGuire, and president of Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

The target audience for the IGP grants will be individuals representing large- and small-sized professional organizations, trade associations, consultants, or industry partners. Details about the IGP will be available after October 2012.

“This will be one of many efforts by ASAE to increase the culture and accessibility of innovation within the association community,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and President of the ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE. “There are many new, exciting programs being developed and discovered by our members, and it’s critical that we enrich the learning experiences of our members, and also increase the exposure of what’s happening.”

ASAE Board member and Managing Director of ASQ Michelle Mason will chair the advisory committee for the program. The ASAE Board of Directors has approved funding for the IGP program in 2012-2013, and the ASAE Foundation is working to raise funds to ensure the grants continue after 2013.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

About ASAE
About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 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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