What’s Growing in Your Organization? ASAE Foundation Announces Innovation Grant Program Award Winners

What’s Growing in Your Organization? ASAE Foundation Announces Innovation Grant Program Award Winners


What’s Growing in Your Organization? ASAE Foundation Announces Innovation Grant Program Award Winners
  • Each winner will receive up to $10,000.
  • The four winners are:

1. American Library Association, Chicago, IL
2. Arizona Community Action Association, Phoenix, AZ
3. California Association of Health Facilities, Sacramento, CA
4. PCMA Education Foundation, Chicago, IL
PAST WINNERS: The four (4) 2014 Winners & Excerpts of Funded Projects include:
Illinois Homecare & Hospice CouncilA Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to Enhance Member Engagement and Credibility on a Topic of National Concern 
The Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council (IHHC) is currently working with the award-winning online learning center at the University of Illinois-Springfield, the Illinois Hospital Association, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to offer a high quality Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Best Practices to Reduce Hospital Readmissions through Care Coordination.” By showcasing groundbreaking work done by physicians at several Illinois medical schools working with local hospitals and by sharing best practices developed by members of our professional association, the project developers will encourage the kind of education and networking that has been largely missing between the medical “silos” that care for patients.
Marble Institute of AmericaInnovation through Industry Collaboration for Statistics & Benchmarking 
the Marble Institute of America (MIA) will develop, prototype, test and evaluate the interest and value of bringing multiple industry segments together. As part of their project, MIA will develop a website portal where members can obtain key industry statistics and benchmarks in one place, and they’ll create an industry blog to keep the members and partners updated and informed. Tbig picture goal is to connect and engage the stone industry in a meaningful discussion for the common good. The stone industry is mostly comprised of small-to-medium-size family business without the means to assemble this information on their own, so MIA is proactively moving to assemble and provide the data and foster conversations that advance the industry.
Soroptimist International of the AmericasLiveYourDream.org — Expanding its brand to meet activists online! 
Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The funded-project plans to expand its Live Your Dream (LYD) online community. SIA LYD goals include: increase the number of LYD supporters engaged through social media; increase the number of advocacy opportunities available; increase awareness of the LYD community; and increase awareness of and engagement with SIA programs more broadly through new partnerships, better relationships with constituents, and the recruitment of new supporters.
Tau Kappa Epsilon FraternityBetter In/Better Out
Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) was awarded a hybrid grant to implement Better In/Better Out (BIBO), a multi-faceted initiative designed to generate new ideas, develop processes to support innovation within TKE, and enhance communication across all levels of the organization.
The end goal is an internal dialogue at TKE that will create positive momentum, increase morale, and spark meaningful change.
ASAE supports 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, in the US and in 50 countries.
Full Press Release & Background Information listed below.
SOURCE: ASAE Foundation, http://www.asaecenter.org
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — ASAE Foundation, with major support from SunTrust Foundation, has selected four winning projects for its Innovation Grants Program (IGP), which received 55 applications this year. Each winner will receive up to $10,000, and they will be recognized during ASAE’s 2015 Great Ideas Conference, March 8-10, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.
The four winners are:
5. American Library Association, Chicago, IL
6. Arizona Community Action Association, Phoenix, AZ
7. California Association of Health Facilities, Sacramento, CA
8. PCMA Education Foundation, Chicago, IL
“The committee has been amazed by the different ideas submitted this year, and it was a difficult decision,” said Matthew R. D’Uva, CAE, FASAE, chair of the IGP steering committee and president and CEO of Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals International. “We had proposals ranging from a mobile app to assist with managing responses during a disaster to developing a measurement system that will enable organizations to capture and share ROI generated by community engagement activities. All of the winning projects will make a difference for their members and in their communities as well as contribute to the innovation of all associations with their thoughtful ideas and implementation. Congratulations!”
ASAE Foundation received applications from organizations of varied types, sizes, locations, and industries.
“Associations play a critical role in their community as well as impact the global society. SunTrust Foundation understands the value associations bring and want to help foster innovation,” said Vince Wesley, Senior Vice President, and Manager of the SunTrust Not-for-Profit and Government Team in Washington, DC. “We see these innovation grants as an opportunity to help organizations advance their mission, so they can continue making a difference for their members, constituents, and industries they serve.”
For more information about the program, visit the IGP’s website.
About ASAE and the ASAE Foundation 
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. 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. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.
SOURCE ASAE
CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FROM ASAE WEBSITE
What would you do with a $10,000 innovation grant?
Innovation: the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs
Changing business models is a pressing priority for most associations. There is a strong emphasis on innovative solutions to address unique and complex challenges of the 21st century.  But how do you find the resources and support to begin such a project?
ASAE wants to help you pursue innovation in your organization. The Innovation Grants Program provides awards to support innovation exploration and development in order to raise awareness and engagement in innovation efforts for the association community. Grant recipients receive $10,000 to dive deeper into innovation and get support to implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire association community. Learn about past recipients and their projects in the
Who is eligible for the 2015 grants? It’s likely that you are! The intended audience for the Innovation Grants Program is the creative individual interfacing with the association community from all angles of the organizational spectrum. Therefore, individuals from professional or trade associations, nonprofits, association industry partners, and consulting companies that serve the association community are eligible  to apply. All applicants or applicant teams must include at least one ASAE member.
In serving as a champion and role model for innovation, this exciting program represents one element in ASAE’s commitment to increase the credibility, approachability and culture of innovation in the association community.
IGP Criteria
The intent of this grant program is to help successfully implement new ideas. However, we understand that not every innovative idea becomes an innovation. Many fail. That’s the nature of experimentation.
Therefore, while our goal is innovation, what we’re really looking for is innovative ideas — along with a plan to apply those ideas. We’re supporting organizations and individuals to try new things.
If you are wondering whether your new program, product, service, or process qualifies as an “innovative idea,” consider these questions:
·      Does it seem innovative to you?
·      Do you hope it will create new opportunities or significantly improved ways of doing business?
·      Does it represent a speculative venture that could succeed or fail?
·      Is it new for you or your organization — and also not standard practice in the industry? (If others have tried something similar, with any degree of success, that’s okay with us, as long as it’s new and not commonplace. In fact, you might build on the concepts of innovative project you’re observing elsewhere.)
If your answer to all four questions is yes, your idea will probably sound innovative to our review committee as well. As you can see, we’re not defining this narrowly because we don’t want to limit your creativity. We encourage you to imagine what might be possible, share one of your best ideas with us, and explain to us how our funds can help you apply that idea. Whether it succeeds or fails, all of us will learn from your efforts, and these lessons learned will continue to support and encourage innovation.
When reviewing applications, we also consider:
Significance
In looking at a proposal’s potential significance, we examine how well the project plan addresses the IGP objectives — raising awareness of and engagement in innovation efforts in the association community, fostering new networks for nonprofit innovation, and creating a comprehensive body of knowledge around innovation initiatives, programs, and models. We also consider the relative importance of the organizational issues the project addresses in relation to the larger association community. We look for projects that will be significant within and across organizations and address issues that are common to similar organizations and industries.
Project Design and Practicality
The project design should state specifically the actions and process by which the project will address the underlying need and achieve the objectives. In order to evaluate the design, we must have a good sense of what you intend to do and how you intend to accomplish your tasks. We look for a vision, a plan for integration, and projected next steps that are carefully considered and clearly articulated. The methods for achieving project objectives, the desired outcomes, and the process for evaluating plan objectives should all be well-defined and understood.
Applicability and Transferability
An essential element for this program is finding projects that can serve as inspiration for other organizations and industries facing similar challenges, problems, or opportunities. IGP intends to grow innovation in the association community but also seeks to share models for innovative efforts. Therefore, we examine each proposal with regard to broader application, adaptation, and transferability.   
Impact
We are looking for projects that will have long-term effects for recipient organizations and their constituents. We look for projects that can potentially shake up organizations by implementing new ideas, creating new models of engagement, and transforming organizational culture. We take into account the project’s potential for far-reaching impact and/or appeal to multiple stakeholders within and across organizations, and we consider the measurability of market benefits, need, and future demand.
In addition to the above major criteria, reviewers also look at the project’s objectives, the applicant’s potential and commitment to innovation, the clarity of the application, the project management plan and budget, and the organizational commitment and resources.
Does your idea meet these criteria? Learn about the application in the Process tab!
2014 Winners
2014
Illinois Homecare & Hospice CouncilA Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to Enhance Member Engagement and Credibility on a Topic of National Concern 
The Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council (IHHC) is currently working with the award-winning online learning center at the University of Illinois-Springfield, the Illinois Hospital Association, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to offer a high quality Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Best Practices to Reduce Hospital Readmissions through Care Coordination.” While the program modules will target members of IHHC and the Illinois Hospital Association who work in hospital, home care and hospice settings, as well as nursing home colleagues, the free MOOC will be widely available — to anyone anywhere.
By showcasing groundbreaking work done by physicians at several Illinois medical schools working with local hospitals and by sharing best practices developed by members of our professional association, the project developers will encourage the kind of education and networking that has been largely missing between the medical “silos” that care for patients. The MOOC will also foster the kind of learning and networking needed to establish “cross continuum caretaking teams” – much needed in the New Health Age. It will not only bring added credibility to the partnering organizations, it will serve as a reminder that when college educated adults need further training, professional associations can present competent and creative solutions.
Marble Institute of AmericaInnovation through Industry Collaboration for Statistics & Benchmarking 
With their IGP award, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) will develop, prototype, test and evaluate the interest and value of bringing multiple industry segments together to meet member needs, taking both MIA and the industry in a new direction. As part of their project, MIA will develop a website portal where members can obtain key industry statistics and benchmarks in one place, and they’ll create an industry blog to keep the members and partners updated and informed. MIA will also participate in multiple presentations at industry trade shows, chapter events, and online forums to share and discuss their data. Internally, a new steering committee and workshop training for staff, the steering committee, and stake holders will help MIA shift to pursue these innovations.
The project centers on establishing benchmarking data and presenting that data to the industry, but the big picture goal is to connect and engage the stone industry in a meaningful discussion for the common good. The stone industry is mostly comprised of small-to-medium-size family business without the means to assemble this information on their own, so MIA is proactively moving to assemble and provide the data and foster conversations that advance the industry.
Soroptimist International of the AmericasLiveYourDream.org — Expanding our brand to meet activists online! 
Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) plans to energize the Soroptimist brand and increase global awareness of one of its programs by expanding a new innovative online community called Live Your Dream (LYD). LYD is a recently-launched dedicated community of supporters who take both on- and offline action in support of Soroptimist programs that empower women and girls to achieve their dreams.
LiveYourDream.org was founded as a new entry point for people who wanted to support and participate in the mission without the barriers of club membership. LYD got off to a great start in its first year, but through IGP funding, SIA will seek to increase the number of LYD supporters engaged through social media, increase the number of advocacy opportunities available, increase awareness of the LYD community, and increase awareness of and engagement with SIA programs more broadly through new partnerships, better relationships with constituents, and the recruitment of new supporters.
Tau Kappa Epsilon FraternityBetter In/Better Out
Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) was awarded a hybrid grant to implement Better In/Better Out (BIBO), a multi-faceted initiative designed to generate new ideas, develop processes to support innovation within TKE, and enhance communication across all levels of the organization. TKE is comfortable with innovative thinking but is now concerned with new and better ways to channel ideas and conversations into actionable strategies – thus the title “Better In/Better Out.”
As part of their project, TKE will pursue inputs from external organizations outside of the fraternity market, colleagues in other fraternal organizations, and undergraduate leaders within the TKE fraternity through site visits to innovative leaders and TKE-hosted events. TKE staff will be trained in intentional learning and in how to apply what they learn in new contexts. TKE will engage staff at all levels in different ways in the process of developing ideas, evaluating potential projects, and implementing new innovations. The end goal is an internal dialogue at TKE that will create positive momentum, increase morale, and spark meaningful change.
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