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Chapter Awards Guidelines


IIDA proudly recognizes the chapters and respective boards who work throughout the year to strengthen their regional community and share the IIDA vision. Each year, awards are presented to chapter recipients who demonstrate stellar entries in areas of importance.


  • Chapter of the Year (Large and Small)
  • Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development (new category)
  • Excellence in Graphics
  • Excellence in Chapter Advocacy & GRA Activities
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications
  • Excellence in Programs & Forum Educational Activities

Submission Requirements

Files must be PDF format, maximum of 50MB. Include no more than 10 pages of supplemental materials to support your entry. Any materials exceeding 10 pages of supplemental material will not be considered.  

Each submission must include a one-page, 500 words max, Submission Statement detailing objective, budget, and outcome, plus photos, graphics, testimonials, and visuals of the initiative.

Award submissions must be submitted electronically by May 13, 2016. All submissions must be the original work of the chapter and/or city center. Please do not include any headquarters initiatives. Work described must have taken place between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. 

Submission Judging Criteria

In an effort to streamline chapter efforts and judges' time, each category will be judged on the following criteria along with the additional judging criteria for that category:

  • Objective: Clear chapter goals, learning objectives, plan of action
  • Financial: Chapter budget, content, and quality of the program in line with the costs and/or profit
  • Outcome: Designated objectives met or exceeded; successful execution of plans
  • Connection to chapter mission: Consistent messaging/branding; programs that returned to the chapter's overall goals
  • Value of chapter membership: Program purpose and benefits, volunteer commitment, local contact
  • Creativity: Unique/creative programs, originality in design, innovative solutions
  • Membership reach: Enticing programs/initiatives, clear target group, effective marketing
  • Relevance to IIDA International mission/graphics standards: Program message and graphics consistent with headquarter's missionand guidelines

If an entry fails to encapsulate one of the judging criteria above, its respective score will reflect that omission.


The judging panel consists of experts in association and industry best practices. Judges will review for quality, passion, and innovation based on the above stated criteria. Award levels include first place and honorable mention. However, judges are not required to award at all levels.

With the exception of Chapter of the Year, winners will be announced during the Chapter Leadership Council Meeting in June. Chapter of the Year winners will be announced at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 12, 2016.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Clare Socker at