Investments Bounce Back

A look at how association investments are beginning to rebound.

Association portfolios took it on the chin just as much as your IRA or 401(k) did during the last recession: In 2008, investment income accounted for a negligible proportion of associations' total revenue. But those investments have slowly bounced back, with the largest associations by staff size enjoying the biggest ROI percentages. That's according to the ASAE Foundation's Association 990 database, which tracks organizations that report a minimum of $200 in membership dues and have more than one employee.

Return on investment in 2010 (by number of employees)

10 or fewer:


11 to 50:


51 to 100:


More than 100: