The ASAE Research 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

2020 Innovation Grants Recipients Awarded

February 6, 2020

The ASAE Research Foundation is pleased to announce the organizations receiving funding from the Innovation Grants Program in 2020:

  • Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)
  • Focus NJ and New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
  • PA Foundation and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA)

Read more on the winners.

For more information please contact Andrea Wieters, [email protected].

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 funding to  to dive deeper into innovation and implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire association community. 

IGP is made possible through support from the SunTrust Foundation, GEICO, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

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. 

 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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