Welcome to NCSU Institute for Nonprofits’ Site for Research on Membership Associations

This site is the center for information on the joint efforts of the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education, and Engagement and ASAE.  Please refer to the links below for details on opportunities, research data access, grants and scholarships.

Research Datasets for Scholars

The ASAE Foundation and The Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education, and Engagement (INPREE) are engaged in a partnership to offer academic scholars free use of datasets developed by ASAE:  The Center for Association Leadership and The ASAE Foundation.  Datasets exist on a variety of topics, and new datasets will be periodically added to this website.

The datasets are available only to academic scholars affiliated with higher education institutions. It is strongly encouraged that data be used for academic research publications, conferences, and presentations. Datasets are not available for commercial or proprietary use.   Information on the datasets is available through the links in the sidebar.


We are pleased to announce grants and awards available for academic scholars. Please visit the funding opportunities page to learn more.

Recent Presentation

To see the slides from our recent presentation at the ASAE Annual Meeting on our study of certification and accreditation programs, please click on the presentation title: Leveraging Your Credentialing Program

Literature Review

The Institute for Nonprofits’ staff has put together an extensive literature  review (January 2000-November 2013) on nonprofit membership associations. The report also cites relevant publications (January 2000-October 2011) on topic areas such as credentialing and data set relevant research. We recognize that there may be important articles omitted and encourage additions to be made by contacting us at inpreeprojects@ncsu.edu. This resource is available for all and can be downloaded here: ASAE Bibliography