The ASAE Foundation funds and illuminates experiments in association leadership and management, bringing to light new or enhanced models as well as insight into innovation process and practice.

Innovation Updates

2019 Innovation Grants Recipients Announced

The ASAE Foundation is pleased to announce the organizations receiving funding from the Innovation Grants Program in 2019:
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • American College of Cardiology National Headquarters (ACC)
  • National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Research Explores Innovation in Associations

The Innovation in Associations research report, Associations Innovate: The Journey From Intent to Action, provides a comprehensive understanding of how associations choose to innovate, where they choose to focus these innovative efforts, and the strategies and practices associations have applied for success in innovation. The research identified effective practices to help association leaders nurture innovation within their own organizations. Read more.

Innovation Grants Program

The Innovation Grants Program (IGP) provides awards to support innovation exploration and development within associations to help leaders actively and creatively address changes and challenges. Grant recipients receive $10,000 to implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire association community. IGP is made possible through support from the SunTrust Foundation, GEICO, and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston.

Hear how innovation and being an IGP grant recipient has played a role in how the Association of American Medical Colleges works together to create change. IGP is made possible through support from the SunTrust Foundation, GEICO, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and Choose Chicago.

 The Innovation Grants Program reminds me that associations are all about useful solutions, turning our collective curiosity and creativity into something with tangible benefits for members and the communities we serve. — Miguel Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association, 2016 IGP Award Recipient

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