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ASAE Announces Associations Make a Better World Awards Program and Awareness Campaign

New York, May 30, 2002

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an organization dedicated to advancing the value of voluntary associations to society and supporting the professionalism of the individuals who lead them, is currently accepting submissions for its Associations Make a Better World Awards program.

The main goal of ASAE's campaign is to increase awareness, recognition and visibility of the important contributions that membership-based non-profit organizations make to society. As part of that campaign, the Better World Awards seek to recognize outstanding examples of associations that work internationally to promote programs, projects and activities that make significant contributions to societies and economies worldwide. Associations with programs that cross national borders are especially encouraged to submit nominations. [Editor's note: Those associations that work purely on programs, projects and activities oriented specifically for U.S. enhancement are asked to be submitted to the Associations Advance America Awards].

"The work carried out by ANSI and its association members focuses primarily on improving overall quality of life while promoting global competitiveness and international economic growth," states Dr. Mark Hurwitz, president of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). "I encourage full participation by all associations in the Better World awards, for when the activities and efforts of individual associations are highlighted, then so is the necessity and importance of the work that the standards and conformity assessment community does as a whole."

Complete descriptions of the Associations Make a Better World awards are as follows:

The economic achievement award honors those associations that have created programs, projects, or activities that have aided in bringing people, business, and government together, helping to fuel local, national, and global prosperity.
The social achievement award honors outstanding contributions made by an association to continuously educate members in order to ensure professional development and skill building; thereby elevating the quality of publicly delivered goods and services to the global community.
The advocacy/policy achievement award honors distinguished attempts by an association to serve as a liaison between individuals, businesses and governments, thereby providing a mechanism by which all groups may remain in contact.

Awards submission deadline is June 15, 2002. Submissions are free and can be made online, or submitted via fax or mail. Additional details regarding the nomination procedure, as well as information about the recipient selection process, judging criteria and examples of innovative programs for each category can be found on the Better World Website.

The recipients of the 2002 Associations Make A Better World Award will be recognized at the ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colorado that begins on August 17, 2002 and at the World Congress of Association Executives in Cancun, Mexico that begins on August 22, 2002. Award winners receive a special trophy representing their achievement, publicity and press releases, and posting of the program on the Better World website.

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