Issue Roundup: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)



ASAE Extends Virtual Meetings Through 2/21
Advocacy Update
ASAE Research Foundation Impact Surveys
Other Tools and Resources


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.”

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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.


Advocacy Update

Paycheck Protection Program

Thousands of 501(c)(6) nonprofit associations and others can now access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Read ASAE’s issue brief on the year-end legislation that provides critically needed relief for many in our community.

Since March, ASAE and its members actively urged Congress to expand the PPP—the flagship COVID-19 relief program—to include 501(c)(6) nonprofit associations. Across three sign-on letters in 2020, ASAE joined with 8,700 signatories to urge Congress to provide deserving members of our community PPP access.

On Monday, January 11, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a notice to resume applications for the PPP. Until further notice, however, SBA will initially accept applications only from “participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries.”

Regulators also released an interim final rule as guidance for first-time PPP applicants and others. This guidance does not clarify 501(c)(6) eligibility as it relates to “receipts from lobbying” or “lobbying activities.” On December 22, 2020, ASAE delivered a letter to regulators seeking clarification of what these terms mean and how SBA and the Department of the Treasury plan to implement 501(c)(6) eligibility criteria.

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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.

To read more, visit ASAE’s coronavirus advocacy and resources webpage. or email [email protected] with questions.


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:

The foundation is planning to conduct additional surveys this fall to continue to track ongoing association response to the crisis.


Recorded Webcasts

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Demonstrating Leadership Resilience: A CEO Dialogue. Watch Now.

Applying to the Paycheck Protection Program: What Your Association Needs to Know. Watch now. Download slides.

Leveraging Local Regional Component Relations During COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue. Watch now.

How Nondues Revenue Can Help Associations Thrive During (and Beyond) COVID-19. Watch now. Download slides.

Exploring Accepted Practices for In-Person Events During and After COVID-19. Watch now. Download slides.

Evolving Legal Considerations During COVID-19: Ask an Attorney. Watch now. Liability Waivers for Association Meeting Attendees.

The Case for Sunsetting Programs: Crisis Response or Level Setting. Watch now. Download slides.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Membership: A CEO Dialogue. Watch now.

The Association Revenue Recovery Plan. Handouts and transcript provided.  No recording available as we experienced a problem with the recording for this event.

Leading Through Crisis and Uncertainty: A CEO Dialogue. Watch now.

The Shift to Virtual During and After COVID-19: A Young Professionals Dialogue. Watch now.

Preparing Your Office and Employees for Returning to the Workplace. Watch now. Download slides.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Staff Associations: A CEO Dialogue. Watch now.

COVID-19: Moving From Triage to Modeling a Future for Your Association. Watch now. Download slides.

Technology Continuity in Times of Crisis: A CEO and CIO Dialogue. Watch now.

Foresight Works Live: Fast Data in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond. Recording coming soon.

Addressing Workforce Challenges During COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue. Watch now.

Association Advocacy in COVID-19: The CARES Act and Future Legislation. Watch now. Download slides.

Making Critical Decisions About Meetings Amid COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue. Watch now. First Round Scenario Response PlannerWhat Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation.

Crisis Response Workshop for Associations. Watch now. Download slides.

Congressional Town Hall: Association Advocacy on COVID-19. Watch now. The CARES Act: A Guide to the Resources for Nonprofits. 

Association CEO Roundtable: Response to COVID-19. Watch now.

Not Governance as Usual: Virtual Approaches to Manage Your Governance Strategy. Watch nowDownload slides.

Tips and Tools for Creating an Awesome Virtual Event Experience. Watch nowDownload slides.

Remote Work During COVID-19: Human Resource and Technology Considerations. Watch nowDownload slidesSummary: Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Coronavirus: Community Conversation on Association Impact. Watch nowDownload slidesEvent cancellation insurance FAQLegal Strategies for Association Meetings.



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Re-Opening Offices: Staff Health and Safety

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Returning to the Workplace: Legal Obligations and Risks, June 9, 2020


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.