When an organization sees benefit in Quality and implements because it wants to, the level of enthusiasm is higher and the level of activity is greater. That is why I strongly see advantage in the US Baldrige or the Canadian National Quality Award programs. Whether the program is funded or not, I suspect there always will be US organizations that will be prepared to implement some version of improved Quality and Excellence on a volunteer basis.
profile and the additional support it gets from professional organizations, including the ASQ.
These days, if they still really need the $9M, there are tons of ways to raise that kind of money. Remember that the Baldrige Foundation is supposed to be about organizational performance excellence through innovation and improvement.