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Become A Gold Circle Award Judge

The Gold Circle Awards Committee seeks experienced member volunteers to serve as judges for the 2024 Gold Circle Awards program. The awards recognize associations whose marketing, membership, and communication programs exemplify the effective and innovative use of strategies and tactics to reach their target audiences.

Judge Eligibility

We are seeking judges to assist in reviewing and scoring entries for the 2024 Gold Circle Awards program. Entries for the Awards competition are evaluated in each category (16 in total) based on established criteria for excellence in association marketing, membership, and communications programs. Judges range from a variety of backgrounds in associations, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations. We are seeking experienced association professionals with the following:

  •  expertise of at least 1 to 3 years within the marketing, membership, communications industry, and/or respective Awards category
  • Availability to participate in all aspects of the Judging process (see expectations below)


Judges should expect the following:

  • To attend and participate in no more than 2 meetings, Orientation (Mid-February) & Selection Call (Early March)
  • To be assigned to judge and score entries from one award category, reviewing approximately 3-15 entries
  • To dedicate between 5-10 hours in overall volunteer time (including Orientation, reviewing & scoring of entries, & the Selection Call)
  • To disclose a conflict of interest in an assigned category (which will result in reassignment to a new category)
  • To provide feedback on their judging experience
  • The opportunity to have an inside look at the impactful and innovative association work of their peers

In exchange for their time, Gold Circle judges get an inside look at some of the most innovative and outstanding marketing, membership, and communications programs in the nonprofit and association profession. Judges are recognized for their contributions to the competition with their names recognized in ASAE media outreach communications, during ASAE's 2024 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference, May 30-31, where we will also recognize our 2024 Gold Circle Awards winners.

The call for judges will is open and will close on February 7, 2024. Association professionals interested in serving as judges for the Gold Circle Award competition must fill out the form posted in ASAE's Collaborate at the Volunteer Opportunities by the deadline. Specific questions regarding serving as a judge may be directed to Khia Azeez, GCA Awards Program Manager at goldcircle@asaecenter.org