As the worldwide COVID-19 crisis continues, associations are experiencing drastic impacts on their conferences, membership, and operations. These resources are compiled here to help you stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation.
“Aggressive and preventative measures are being taken to protect our individual and collective health. This is an unprecedented situation which requires many of us to adjust our normal practices,” ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE, said in a March 13 statement announcing that ASAE was initiating fully virtual operations. Read her full statement here.
ASAE Extends Virtual Meetings Through February 2021
ASAE announced on November 16, 2020, that it will extend its virtual meeting planning through February 2021 due to continued concerns for the health and safety of all members, industry partners, volunteer leaders, staff, and other stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“ASAE is making the decision now to convert to virtual or reschedule in-person meetings and conferences through February so that our community can plan accordingly,” said ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. “Like everyone, we remain hopeful that COVID-19 can be mitigated in the months ahead. Right now, the number of new coronavirus cases a day continues to grow, and we are in a crucial stretch where time will tell whether the crisis is further exacerbated or brought under control. We are extremely confident about the future of face-to-face meetings down the road and are carefully planning to bring our community together in person later in 2021.”
More ASAE Updates: ASAE is constantly evaluating its operations, programs, and services in light of the pandemic and making adjustments as needed. Read more about the impact of COVID-19 on ASAE operations, in-person programs, and membership renewals.
Paycheck Protection Program
Since the CARES Act passed in March, ASAE remains steadfast in its pursuit to help expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to cover 501(c)(6) organizations, which include trade associations, professional societies, chambers of commerce, business leagues and others.
On September 28, ASAE, along with 2,300 organizations from across the country, sent another letter to Capitol Hill that urges Congress to grant PPP access for our community.
Earlier in September, Susan Robertson, CAE, ASAE’s President and CEO, published an op-ed in The Hill that makes the case for why “Congress must act quickly to throw a lifeline to nonprofit associations.”
We’ve made progress. 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations have been included in major legislation introduced by both parties and in both the House and Senate. We still have much work ahead of us to help make these proposals as inclusive of our community as possible but we are getting there.
Pandemic Risk Insurance
In addition to immediate relief provided through the PPP, ASAE for months has called on Congress to establish a forward-looking insurance program that would cover business interruption and event cancellations due to future public health emergencies.
On July 1, ASAE sent its second of three massive sign-on letters to Congress. More than 2,200 organizations joined ASAE to formally endorse this program, which is outlined in the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.).
Robertson also participated in a roundtable event on September 10 to help build support for this important legislation. Hosted by Congresswoman Maloney and joined by industry stakeholders across the economy, the roundtable examined why we need access to this coverage and what is at stake if PRIA does not pass. Susan clearly stated that the “consequences would be fatal” for nonprofit associations and others if PRIA isn’t enacted.
“ASAE called for a PRIA-like package back in March when this crisis first hit and now we are so proud to vigorously support the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act,” Robertson said during the roundtable. “It is essential to the sustainability of associations and so many others during this crisis. For more information and a recording of the event, review Congresswoman Maloney’s press release.
ASAE Research Foundation Impact Surveys
The ASAE Research Foundation conducted a series of weekly Association Impact Snapshot surveys through the spring to explore how associations approached critical decision-making about member, volunteer, staff, and constituent needs. The data helped to measure the scope and impact of the early months of the pandemic on the association community.
The findings have been captured in two reports:
- Association Impact Snapshot March/April 2020: Trending Report
- Association Impact Snapshot May/June 2020: Trending Report
The foundation is planning to conduct additional surveys this fall to continue to track ongoing association response to the crisis.
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Other Tools and Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC’s resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, and information for travelers, businesses, and others. CDC has also issued guidance for mass gatherings.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: This COVID-19 emergency notification includes information on travel advisories, presidential proclamations on travel restrictions, and information for U.S. citizens returning from Europe and China.
World Health Organization: WHO has issued a risk assessment and mitigation checklist for mass gatherings, which includes a decision matrix that provides a recommendation on whether an event should be held.
Meetings Mean Business Coalition: MMB's toolkit of coronavirus preparedness and response resources is tailored specifically for meeting and event professionals. It includes talking points, templates, and "fast facts" graphics that can be shared in social media.