ASAE Foundation Announces Three Innovation Grants Program Award Recipients

January 15, 2019

WASHINGTON—The ASAE Foundation named three awardees for the 2019 Innovation Grants Program (IGP). Each grant recipient will receive $10,000, and they will be recognized during ASAE’s 2019 Great Ideas Conference, March 17-19, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. These grants are funded through support from the SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, GEICO, and Choose Chicago.

The three awardees are:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
“Mixed Reality Simulation (MRS)”
Alexandria, VA

American College of Cardiology National Headquarters
Washington, DC

National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers
“Microlearning at NACUBO”
Washington, DC

“On behalf of the committee, I want to congratulate the 2019 awardees. It is never an easy task for the committee to make its selections among all the applications received. They reflected creativity and commitment to an innovation process – we look forward to having them share that journey and add to the innovative efforts within the association community.” Rita Chen Fujisawa, 2018 chair of the IGP steering committee and Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Association of Health Facilities.

During the last seven years, the ASAE Foundation has received close to 300 applications and awarded a total of 28 innovation grants to organizations of varied types, sizes, locations, and industries. These numbers underscore the value of innovation in the association community.

“Since 2013, the Innovation Grants Program has been the impetus for innovation growth and open experimentation in the association community. I continue to be impressed with the research, creativity, and dedication being applied to meeting diverse sets of member needs. We appreciate the continued support from SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, GEICO, and Choose Chicago. Congratulations to this year’s winners,” said ASAE EVP, President, ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE. “

For more information and to apply for IGP, visit IGP website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE,, 202-626-2735.

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