ASAE Foundation Selects Innovation Grants Program Award Winners

WASHINGTON—ASAE Foundation announces the four winning projects for the Innovation Grants Program (IGP). Each winner will receive $10,000, and they will be recognized during ASAE’s 2017 Great Ideas Conference, March 5–7, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. These grants are funded by a grant from the SunTrust Foundation with additional support from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.

The four awardees are:

American Industrial Hygiene Association The Industrial Hygiene ProPath
Falls Church, VA

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Creating a Knowledge Sharing Platform to Accelerate Innovation in Accounting and Finance Durham, NC

Institute of Food Technologists
Go with Purpose Global Challenge: Elevating Student Engagement through Global Collaborations
Chicago, IL

National Court Reporters Foundation
Hard-of-Hearing Heroes Project
Reston, VA

“Since the ASAE Foundation started the IGP program five years ago, we have received a number of outstanding applications that illustrate the innovative work associations are doing to help improve the industry. The committee had a hard time selecting four winners again this year,” said Paul K. Farrell, Au. D., CCC-A, 2016 chair of the IGP steering committee and Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. “Congratulations to the winning associations!”

During the past five years, the ASAE Foundation has awarded a total of 20 IGP grants and has received close to 250 applications from organizations of varied types, sizes, locations, and industries over the past five years.

“For the past five years, ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants have invested in bettering our communities and fostering new ideas for the association sector. One of our core business pillars is giving back to our communities by finding association and non-profit partnerships that will help us deliver on our purpose,” said Vince Wesley, Senior Vice President and Manager of the SunTrust Not-for-Profit and Government Team in Washington, DC. “We’re proud to support these grant recipients along with the great work of the ASAE Foundation.”

“The ASAE Foundation strives to educate the community about different trends and issues that associations are facing through innovative solutions, and IGP is a tremendous vehicle for identifying and promoting stellar examples from the association community that help deliver on that promise,” said Eileen M. Johnson, CAE, partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. “We are so proud to be a supporter of IGP and the recipient organizations, as their work helps inspire associations to think about how to turn a challenge into a great innovative opportunity.”

For more information about the program, visit the IGP website.

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

About ASAE and the ASAE Foundation
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