ASAE Research Foundation Announces Three Innovation Grants Program Award Recipients

February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON—The ASAE Research Foundation named three awardees for the Innovation Grants Program (IGP). The ASAE Research Foundation will be in contact with each grantee throughout the year with opportunities to share their projects with their association peers. These grants are funded through support from Truist (Formerly SunTrust Foundation), Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP and the Atlanta CVB.

The three awardees are:

Two-Year Award of $30,000

American Political Science Association
Addressing Issues and Mechanisms of Systemic Inequality in Political Science Discipline
Washington, DC

One-Year Award of $10,000

Educational Theatre Association
A New Student Membership Model: Working Toward Cultural Competency
Cincinnati, OH

One-Year Award of $10,000

National Association of Home Builders
How Associations Can Promote Worker Wellbeing and Behavioral Health to Their Members
Washington, DC

“On behalf of the committee, I want to congratulate the 2021 awardees,” said Mark R. Nelson, Ph.D., MBA, CAE, 2020 chair of the IGP steering committee and Executive Director for the Merchant Acquirers' Committee. “It is never an easy task for the committee to make its selections among all the applications received, and this year we saw many high-quality proposals. The awardees selected this year reflected creativity and commitment to an innovation process with projects aligned to our theme of workforce development. We look forward to having them share their journey and add to the innovative efforts within the association community.”

During the last eight years, the ASAE Research Foundation has received more than 300 applications and awarded a total of 34 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 helped associations discover solutions to emerging challenges affecting our community through innovation strategies,” said Sharon Moss, PhD, CAE, President of the ASAE Research Foundation. “We congratulate this year’s winners for their inspiring, creative projects and we look forward to seeing the results of their important work. Many thanks for the continued support from Truist (Formerly SunTrust Foundation), Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, and the Atlanta CVB which helps ASAE underwrite these research grants.”

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


MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Vest, CAE, 202-626-2735.


About ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research 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. Visit ASAE at