Associations shortlisted for legacy grants

Associations that have shown the beneficial impact of their meetings are in line for a substantial cash prize.

A shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme has been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The initiative celebrates the so-called ‘beyond tourism’ value of international association meetings giving organisations the opportunity to demonstrate their positive lasting legacy.

A panel of independent judges from the association world will determine three meetings that have shown the greatest impact, and award grants of US$7,500 on behalf of BestCities and ICCA.

Shortlisted associations represent a broad range of sectors including leadership; scientific innovation; humanitarianism; environmental issues; music; disease; disability, and child neglect.

Paul Vallee, managing director BestCities, said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is a showcase of excellence of lasting legacies within the meetings and events industry. We have been overwhelmed by the work submitted, which demonstrates the breadth of impact being delivered by associations.

“A core goal of BestCities is to nurture and develop the purpose of events beyond traditional planning, focusing on vital areas including legacy development, sustainability and accessibility. It is hugely encouraging to see these values being replicated by associations the world over, who are making lasting contributions to the destinations they visit.”

Dennis Speet, ICCA Interim CEO, added: “This is the second edition of the Incredible Impacts Programme and the quality of legacy projects we have received is truly astounding. The variety of industries represented in the submissions demonstrates the wide-ranging and deeply positive impact that the work of international associations has when it comes to finding solutions to societal challenges. We hope that this year’s superb entries inspire other associations and meeting planners to consider how they can create a legacy with their meetings and leave a long-lasting impact on their host destinations.”

The final judging will now take place with the winners to be announced after 10 September 2018.

The final shortlist:

  1. Soroptimist International
  2. The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  3. European Association for Palliative Care
  4. International Council on Social Welfare
  5. Down Syndrome International
  6. African Women in Leadership Organisation
  7. International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
  8. World Environmental Education Congress Network
  9. International Actuarial Association
  10. The International Society for Music Education
  11. Society for Ecological Restoration
  12. Union for International Cancer Control


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