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Policy Statement 460 - The Role of Non-Profit Educational Organizations in the Public Sector

Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on March 15, 2018
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on May 6, 2018
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 13, 2018


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