ASAE Foundation Announces Four Universities Receive Scholarly Research Grants

September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON— The ASAE Foundation names four academic institutions to receive research grants as part of the Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants Program (SRGP). The SRGP provides investigators with funds to conduct research on a cross-section of topics relevant to association and member-based organization management. Each recipient will receive up to a $7,500 grant and for this latest awards cycle, will begin on September 1 and lasts for one year.

The four awardees are:

George Mason University
Association Advocacy for Broad, Sector-Wide Interests: Promoting the Charitable and Business Sectors in Federal Policymaking
Alan Abramson, Professor; Schar School of Policy and Government

North Carolina State University
Planning for Advocacy Efforts: Best Practices from Tourism Industry Associations
Whitney Knollenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
(Co-Investigator) Ashley Schroeder, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University
(Co-Investigator) Amanda Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, North Carolina State University

The George Washington University
Building Bayanihan: Decolonizing Association Management from Whiteness
Nathan Victoria, M.Ed., CAE, Senior Director, Recruitment, Engagement, and Volunteerism; NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
And, Doctoral Candidate; Executive Leadership Program, Human & Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
(Co-Investigator) Julia Storberg-Walker, PhD, Associate Professor, Executive Leadership Program, Department of Human & Organizational Learning

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Representation and Inclusion in Associations: An Examination of Board Diversity and Volunteer Management
Jaclyn Piatak, PhD, Assistant Professor; Political Science and Public Administration

“Congratulations to the four 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 interim ASAE President and CEO, and ASAE Foundation President Susan Robertson, CAE

The next application cycle for SRGP is open Fall 2019 and deadline to apply is January 2020. To learn more, visit

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

About ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 46,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. 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.