Lobbying in Proportion

The percentage of revenue organizations spend on advocacy.

It's common knowledge that the largest trade associations spend the most on advocacy efforts. However, as the chart below shows, all 501(c)(6) organizations spend about the same percentage of their total revenue on advocacy. That's according to the ASAE Foundation's Association 990 database, which tracks organizations that report a minimum of $200 in membership dues and at least one paid employee. For more information on Association 990, visit www.asaefoundation.org.

Percentage of total revenue spent on advocacy

Less than $1 million:

1.1%

$1 million to $10 million:

1.1%

$10 million to $20 million:

1.1%

$20 million to $50 million:

1.3%

Over $50 million :

1.7%