by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 09, 2018
The American Society of Association Executives Foundation has awarded five $10,000 grants for various programs through the foundation's Innovation Grants Program. The recipients will be recognized during ASAE's 2018 Great Ideas Conference, to be held March 11-13 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. The grants are funded by support from the SunTrust Foundation; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P; and Geico.
 
"We continue to see a diversity of programs being submitted for IGP, which highlights how associations are being innovative to enhance their members' experiences," said Paul K. Farrell, Au. D., CCC-A, 2017 chair of the IGP steering committee and associate director of audiology professional practices at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "The committee had a tough time selecting the five winners this year."
 
In the past six years, the ASAE Foundation has awarded 25 IGP grants and has received close to 300 applications from organizations of varied types, sizes, locations and industries. "The IGP awards have given our members the opportunity to explore new ways to provide programs and services, so they can meet the needs of their members and advance their mission," said Susan Robertson, CAE, executive vice president of ASAE and president of the ASAE Foundation. "I'm impressed with all the submissions."
  
Receiving the grants are the American College of Rheumatology for its "Uniting Collaborators for Innovation" program; the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International for "Centralized Digital Signage Management"; the BBB Wise Giving Alliance for "Advancing Collaboration"; the International Association of Fairs and Expositions' "Technology in the Barn: Augmented Reality Usage at Fairs and Expositions" program, and the National Association of School Nurses's "Building Leaders and Developing a Guiding Framework for 21st Century NASN Affiliate Infrastructure."