ASAE Foundation Annc Two Universities Receive Association Management Grants

March 1, 2017

WASHINGTON— ASAE Foundation names two university programs that are receiving research grants as part of the Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants Program (SRGP). The SRGP provides lead investigators with funds to conduct research on a cross-section of topics relevant to nonprofit management and member-based associations. Each recipient will receive a $7,500 grant that starts in mid-March and lasts for one year.

The two awardees are:

Salisbury University
The Economics of Online Professional Education Exploring the Delta between Design, Delivery, and Demand
Valerie J. Whitcomb, Ph.D., Academic Program Instructional Designer; Franklin P. Perdue School of Business

University of Oregon
The Role of Associations and Intermediaries in Shaping and Legitimizing New Organizational Fields: Examining the Growth of Social Enterprise in India
Saurabh Lall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management

“Congratulations to the two awardees. Their research will provide valuable insights on issues that affect the growth, scope, and sustainability of membership organizations and the association community. These studies reflect knowledge opportunities in association management that can be uniquely explored through collaboration with higher education. We look forward to sharing the results,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and ASAE Foundation President Susan Robertson, CAE

The next application cycle for SRGP is open and deadline to apply is June 1. To learn more, visit

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

About ASAE and the ASAE Foundation
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 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.
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