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ASIS Foundation Wins the First Quarter 2021 Communitas Award for Excellence in Community Service, Organization Community Service

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Foundation recognized for its global COVID-19 Support Grants Initiative

Alexandria, VA (29 March 2021)ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, today announced that the ASIS Foundation has been named a winner of the prestigious Communitas Awards for Excellence in Community Service, Organization Community Service for its COVID-19 Support Grants program, which awarded more than 120 support grants to ASIS members who have been personally impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program has been a major component of the association’s efforts to address the global economic climate and those security communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

Started in 2010 as an outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, the Communitas Awards is an international effort to recognize the spirit of communitas– people helping people. Communitas winners unselfishly give of themselves and their resources and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities.

“We are thrilled that our COVID-19 Support Grants have been recognized for making a real impact in our profession,” said Brian Allen, CPP, Chair, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. “As the Foundation is supported by generous donations from ASIS members, chapters, and organizations across the globe, this recognition would never have been possible without their support.”

The Communitas Awards recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals that are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those that are changing how they do business to benefit their communities. Communitas nominees are evaluated based on the extent and effectiveness of their program. The size and potential scope of the nominee is also taken into consideration. Winners are located throughout the world and include companies like MasterCard, Honeywell, Dow Chemical, Toyota and Vonage.

AMCP is a several-thousand-member group that honors creative achievement and fosters partnerships with charities and community organizations. As part of its mission, AMCP gives grants to community organizations and underwrites a large portion of Communitas expenses.

“The impact of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Support Grants has been felt around the world,” stated Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE, CEO, ASIS International. “I applaud the efforts of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for answering the call of support from our global membership swiftly and effectively.”

Highlights from this program include:

  • 200 grants awarded to date, to recipients in 29 countries
  • 75% of grants received were used for the renewal of ASIS membership
  • 25% of grants received were used for certification review courses
  • 51% of grant recipients are located outside of the United States

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.


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, communities, and organizations. For more information about the ASIS Foundation, please visit

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 (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits)—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