Global security professionals impacted by pandemic receive assistance for certification and membership
Alexandria, VA (27 January 2021)—ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, today announced that since the launch of the program in November 2020, the ASIS Foundation has awarded more than 120 COVID-19 Support Grants to its global membership. This is a major component of the association’s efforts to address the global economic climate and those security communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
The ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees approved $100,000 in grants to be awarded to ASIS members in need, encouraging individuals who had been financially impacted by the pandemic to apply for a grant to renew their ASIS membership free of charge or to receive a complimentary online certification study program. This program will continue through March 2021. Grant applications are reviewed by ASIS staff and all application materials remain confidential.
“Giving back to the security community is what the ASIS Foundation does best,” said Brian Allen, CPP, Chair, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. “We recognize that security professionals around the world have faced unprecedented challenges and need support. I thank my fellow ASIS Foundation board members for their agility in addressing the challenges faced by our members throughout the world.”
Highlights from this program thus far include:
- 124 grants awarded to date, to recipients in 27 countries
- 76% of grants received were used for the renewal of ASIS membership
- 50% of grant recipients are located outside of the United States
- 24% of grants received were used for certification review courses
Recipients’ stories range from those who got COVID-19 themselves and now face high medical bills, to those who have endured pay cuts up to even 50 percent, those who have been furloughed for a month or more, or those who have lost their jobs all together. Applicants come from a variety of positions—from front-line to senior level and business owners. Many worked in event security, hotels, airlines, and other industries that have been very hard-hit by the pandemic.
“This is a great example of ASIS leaving no security professional behind during these challenging times,” stated John Petruzzi, Jr, CPP, President, ASIS International. “On behalf of our members in 158 countries, I would like to thank the leadership of the ASIS Foundation for their support of our global network of security professionals.”
To learn more about how the ASIS Foundation makes a difference in the security industry and communities we serve through research, grants, and scholarships for security professionals, visit asisfoundation.org.
About the ASIS Foundation
The ASIS Foundation was founded as an affiliate of ASIS International in 1966 to serve the security industry through education and research. The Foundation provides an opportunity to give back to security industry colleagues and awards more than 100 grants and scholarships annually to support security professionals. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and managed by a full-time staff director. The Foundation’s work is made possible by generous gifts from individuals, chapters, councils and organizations. For more information about the ASIS Foundation, please visit asisfoundation.org.
About ASIS International
Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets. Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.