Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on March 25, 2021
Approved by the Public Policy and Practice Committee on May 6, 2021
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 16, 2021


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) believes that non-profit educational organizations operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code must be free to perform their educational function in the public sector without unreasonable government restrictions or the loss of opportunities for federal assistance for their activities.


In the past, efforts have been made to restrict non-profit educational associations that receive federal grant money from engaging in any organized effort to educate government agencies on issues affecting the public health, safety, and welfare.


Section 501(c)(3) organizations, such as ASCE, that receive federal funding for educational purposes provide an invaluable contribution to the nation by advancing the profession they represent and regularly engaging in activities that educate lawmakers about issues that impact the public health, safety, and welfare. 

ASCE Policy Statement 460
First Approved in 1997