ASAE Foundation Names Five Universities to Receive Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants

September 21, 2016

WASHINGTON— ASAE Foundation announces five university programs have received research grants as part of the Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants Program (SRGP). The SRGP will provide lead investigators with funds to conduct research on a cross-section of questions relevant to nonprofit membership and member-based associations. Each award is for one year, at a level of $7,500—with the funding period beginning mid-September.

The five awardees are:

American University

Passive vs. Active Engagement of Members in Their Membership Associations: Does It Make a Difference?

Investigator: Khaldoun AdouAssi, Ph.D., Department of Public Administration & Policy

George Mason University

Implementing, Disseminating and Translating Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Policy/Practice within Public/Non-Profit Organizations

Investigator: Danielle Rudes, Ph.D., Center of Advancing Correctional Excellence

Georgia Southern University

Investigating Career Paths of Association Executives: Linking Career Paths to Association Success

Investigators: Kerry Kuenzi, Ph.D. Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies, and Amanda J. Stewart, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Indiana University

Increasing Representation among Underrepresented Groups: An Analysis of Immigrant Involvement within Immigrant Rights Organization

Investigators: Brad Fulton, Ph.D., School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Grace Yukich, Ph.D., Quinnipiac University, and Richard L. Wood, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Salisbury University

Exploring Critical Success Factors of eLearning Program Implementations

Valerie Whitcomb, Ph.D., Program Instructional Designer

“The ASAE Foundation acknowledges that some issues that impact our members are not fully addressed within the scope of our current research. These grants help us expand our relationship with the academic community to help us explore these topics. The five winners will deepen insights to share with our members and our industry,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and ASAE Foundation President Susan Robertson, CAE

The next funding cycle for awarding SRGP grants is currently open; the deadline to apply is November 30. To learn more, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 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