The ASIS Foundation: Giving Back While Looking Ahead
During the past two years, the world has faced a once in 100-year pandemic with COVID-19 creating upheaval in every aspect of our lives. Many of our security colleagues were affected and faced hardships including loss of jobs, reduction in hours, or contracting the virus themselves.
In response, the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees approved $100,000 to create a new grant program for ASIS members in need. Individuals severely impacted by the pandemic were encouraged to apply for a grant to renew their ASIS membership free of charge or to receive a complimentary online certification study program.
“Giving back to the security community is what the ASIS Foundation does best,” says Brian Allen, CPP, Chair, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees.
Thanks to generous support from ASIS members, ASIS chapters, and corporate sponsors, the foundation can give back to the profession in meaningful ways such as the COVID-19 Support Grants, certification scholarships, research, and chapter grants.
In the past year alone, the foundation has:
- Awarded 232 COVID-19 Support Grants to members in 32 countries to assist those who had lost jobs and income due to the pandemic.
- Awarded 21 Chapter Starter Kit Grants to support ASIS chapters in hosting their own certification preparation classes.
- Awarded 166 Certification Scholarships to members in 49+ countries to directly support members pursuing professional ASIS certification.
- Funded new research on the State of Security Management and the changes in security convergence since the COVID-19 pandemic.
To fund this important work going forward, the foundation relies on your support. New this year, the foundation is hosting a Virtual Fitness Challenge. This fundraiser is a fun way to get active and participate at your own pace from anywhere in the world, while also giving back.
If you will be attending GSX in person, be sure to pick up your limited-edition Orlando GSX pin for a suggested donation of $20. Pins will be available at the foundation booth in the ASIS Hub, the ASIS Store, and the Headshot Studio, and all proceeds benefit the ASIS Foundation.
For more information on the ASIS Foundation and to get involved, visit its website: asisonline.org/get-involved/asis-foundation.