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Awards are categorized either as individual or association/organization and reflect programs, initiatives, and work which took place between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. The nomination period closes on October 18, 2019 and will not be extended.

Association/Organizational Awards:

  • Golden Shoestring
    No Money? No Problem! Tell us how you successfully met a challenge head-on with a budget of under $5,000.

  • Impactful Community Philanthropic Program
    Entries must include public service programs that involved and benefit the greater community and surrounding areas beyond the confines of the specific association.

  • Impactful Technology
    The Technology Award is intended to highlight member(s) who demonstrate an innovative use of technology. Successful submissions will detail the objective and goals of the effort and demonstrate an effective use of the organization's resources. The submission should also convey the impact the technology had on the organization and its members. Submissions can include, but are not limited to website, event technologies, apps, etc.

  • Innovative Communications Program
    Any improved or innovative tactic your association has used to communicate to its membership. Successful submissions should detail the campaign objective and goals and how those were achieved. It should also highlight the different audiences/segments attempting to be communicated with. Submissions can include but are not limited to mailings, email campaign, social media plan, video series, etc.

  • Innovative Marketing Campaign
    Any new, unique or innovative way your association marketed a program or event. Successful submissions should detail the campaign objective and goals and how those were achieved. It should highlight the creativity of the campaign and how that creativity conveys the message of the organization. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, print advertising, social media, web, email, etc.

  • Innovative Membership Program
    Do you have a recruitment, retention, new member, lapsed member, or education program with results that exceeded your expectations? These programs can be general, focused on a particular hot button topic specific to your members, or on a particular program, initiative, or product. Be sure to include the measurable goals and outcomes. What was the feedback from your members, how do you know it worked, what can other ISAE members learn from your entry and how could they replicate it?

  • Outstanding Annual Convention
    Entries must be a convention that benefits your membership and makes a positive impact on your organization.

  • Outstanding Government Affairs Program
    Entries should outline how the legislative-specific government affairs program successfully lobbied elected officials or public agencies on a member issue on a local, state or national effort.

  • Outstanding Individual Program/Event
    Any single-day, non-convention event planned by the association for the membership. Focus of the event could be education, advocacy, networking, etc.

  • Supplier Company of the Year
    Nominee company must be a supplier member of ISAE who has provided exceptional service in working with associations, is understanding of association needs, and has demonstrated an active support of ISAE.

Individual Awards:

  • Association Executive of the Year
    Nominee must be a regular, voting member of ISAE and actively involved in a full-time position as the chief staff executive for an association. A minimum of three years association management experience is required. This person has shown dedication, innovation and leadership. This is the kind of executive all association professionals aspire to be.

  • Association Professional of the Year
    Nominee must be a regular, voting member of ISAE and actively involved in a full-time position as a staff member (not CEO) for an association. A minimum of three years association management experience is required. While not the top person in the association, the nominee is a leader who moves the association to the next level.

  • Individual Supplier of the Year
    Nominee must be a supplier member of ISAE in a full-time position serving the association industry. Nominee must have a minimum of three years' work experience with associations and provide outstanding customer service to ISAE member associations.

  • Rising STAR of the Year
    Nominee must be a regular member of ISAE. Nominee must have one to three years' service in or to the association industry. This person is one who makes contributions to his/her association, loves learning new things and provides outstanding service to the membership.