ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program Expands to Five Grants, Applications Now Available for Associations

July 14, 2017

WASHINGTON—ASAE Foundation is accepting applications for its Innovation Grants Program (IGP) through October 1. Celebrating its sixth year, IGP is a program that provides monetary awards to support innovation exploration and development in the association community. GEICO has joined on as another supporter for the IGP.

The IGP grants are funded through a major grant from the SunTrust Foundation with additional support from GEICO and Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston L.L.P. There will be up to five grants awarded in either of three categories: travel, exploration, and hybrid (a combination of travel and exploration). Grant recipients will receive awards up to $10,000.

“The community has seen the impact of the Innovation Grant Program, and we appreciate the continued support from SunTrust Foundation and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. We are excited that GEICO’s donation helps us continue to support and cultivate a culture of innovation throughout the association community,” said ASAE Chair-Elect and ASAE Foundation Chair Matthew R. Shay, CAE, President and CEO National Retail Federation. “I urge our members to apply, so they can create programs that deliver tremendous results for the organization and its members.” 

Individuals from professional or trade associations, nonprofits, association industry partners, and consulting companies that serve the association community are eligible to apply, and applicants or applicant teams must include at least one ASAE member. The ASAE Foundation is looking for proactive and creative ideas that help propel association management in such areas as leadership development, technology, marketing, membership and community engagement, product development, and business practices.

“Associations create programs and services that influence everything we do on a daily basis.  The ASAE Foundation strives to inform our community about the different approaches associations are using to implement projects, ideas, and services. These grants have influenced how organizations initiate and practice innovation through developing programs that are making a difference. Our goal is to share the results, and inspire new ideas with our members,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and President of the ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE.

Criteria and details about the application process are on For questions regarding the innovation grants, please contact Dr. Sharon E. Moss, CAE, at

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

About ASAE and the ASAE Foundation
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 35,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 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