Issue Roundup: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)





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.


ASAE Vaccination Policy for In-Person Events

ASAE’s number one priority is the health and safety of our event participants. Our goal is to hold a safe event, recognizing it is not possible to remove all risks, in particular concerning COVID-19. ASAE will put required measures in place to provide a safe environment for its event attendees. Policies for each meeting will be set according to CDC and public health recommendations, federal, state, and local regulations applicable at the time of the event, and what ASAE deems necessary to manage the risk for its event attendees. ASAE may change, update, or add to these requirements at any time as it deems prudent to best protect the health and safety of attendees and others, and attendees must comply with relevant policies and requirements as communicated by ASAE. ASAE cannot be held liable for COVID-19 cases arising because of event attendance and currently requires of all attendees at ASAE in-person meetings and events to provide or agree to the following:

  1. A signed Waiver and Acknowledgement of Personal Responsibility
  2. A commitment to wearing a mask at all times, except when actively consuming food or beverage
  3. Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19

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Advocacy Update

Pandemic Risk Insurance

Pandemic risk insurance—and especially coverage for event cancellation—remains a top priority for ASAE. A pandemic risk insurance program, which ASAE first called for in March 2020, is critically needed to help our community and others fully reestablish programs, services, the workforce, and our overall economic impact.

In May 2021, ASAE joined the Business Continuity Coalition as a steering committee member. The BCC brings together more than two dozen industries and companies representing more than 60 million workers. In addition to trade associations and professional societies, the BCC showcases organizations in the restaurant, entertainment, hospitality, gaming, retail, communications, broadcasting, and real estate industries, among others. Read ASAE’s press release for more information.

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


ASAE Research Foundation Impact Surveys

The ASAE Research Foundation continues to study how associations have approached critical decision-making about member, volunteer, staff, and constituent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association Impact Snapshot Surveys assess the pandemic’s impact on association business operations, including meetings, nondues revenue, and staff management.  

The foundation conducted two surveys in 2020 and one in early 2021. Key findings have been captured in the following three reports: 

In addition, a Phase 3 Comprehensive Final Report is available for download.  

The foundation plans to conduct additional surveys to continue to track ongoing association response to the crisis. Please reach out to if you have questions. 


Recorded Webcasts

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Demonstrating Leadership Resilience: A CEO Dialogue
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Applying to the Paycheck Protection Program: What Your Association Needs to Know
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Leveraging Local Regional Component Relations During COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue 
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How Nondues Revenue Can Help Associations Thrive During (and Beyond) COVID-19
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Exploring Accepted Practices for In-Person Events During and After COVID-19 
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Evolving Legal Considerations During COVID-19: Ask an Attorney 
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The Case for Sunsetting Programs: Crisis Response or Level Setting 
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Membership: A CEO Dialogue 
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The Association Revenue Recovery Plan 
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Leading Through Crisis and Uncertainty: A CEO Dialogue 
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The Shift to Virtual During and After COVID-19: A Young Professionals Dialogue 
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Preparing Your Office and Employees for Returning to the Workplace
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Staff Associations: A CEO Dialogue
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COVID-19: Moving From Triage to Modeling a Future for Your Association 
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Technology Continuity in Times of Crisis: A CEO and CIO Dialogue
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Addressing Workforce Challenges During COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue 
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Association Advocacy in COVID-19: The CARES Act and Future Legislation 
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Making Critical Decisions About Meetings Amid COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue 
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Crisis Response Workshop for Associations 
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Congressional Town Hall: Association Advocacy on COVID-19 
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Association CEO Roundtable: Response to COVID-19
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Not Governance as Usual: Virtual Approaches to Manage Your Governance Strategy 
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Tips and Tools for Creating an Awesome Virtual Event Experience 
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Remote Work During COVID-19: Human Resource and Technology Considerations 
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Coronavirus: Community Conversation on Association Impact 
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Will Your Association Soon Do a Live Event With Attendee COVID Testing?

Reopening Your Association’s Offices

Reopening-for-Business Plan

Membership Renewal During COVID

Not Going Back – 100% Virtual

Can We Require Attendees to Be Vaccinated?

Staffing a Hybrid Event: How Does That Work?

How Are You Keeping Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity on Peoples' Minds During COVID-19?

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A Post-Pandemic Strategy for Strategic Planning, January 30, 2022

CES 2022 Excels, Despite Last-Minute Omicron Changes, January 20, 2022

The Documents Groups Are Using to Ease the Transition to In-Person Gatherings, December 8, 2021

A Look at the Steps Nonprofits Took to Survive the Pandemic, December 8, 2021

How to Lead Your Association's Return to In-Person Events, November 28, 2021

Nondues Revenue in Pandemic Times: The Power of Passive Revenue Streams, November 17, 2021

Deep Dive Report: Comeback: The Return to In-Person Meetings, November 15, 2021

Three Ideas for Adapting Your Membership Model to Changing Times, November 2, 2021

Three Video Conferencing Myths (and How to Work Around Them), October 29, 2021

Meeting Planners Stressed After Delta, Struggling With Hybrid, September 16, 2021

Leading Through a New Brand of Burnout, September 6, 2021

Create a "Pandemic-Proof" Pricing Strategy, September 1, 2021


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Groups Consider New Insurance Options When It Comes to Dealing With Event-Related Risks, January 12, 2022

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Certification Programs, January 10, 2022

Today's Events Require Communication Efforts That Put Safety First, December 13, 2021

Navigating Vaccine Mandates in the Association Workplace, November 15, 2021

A Look at the Financial Policies That Helped Three Groups Navigate the Pandemic, October 25, 2021

Effective Strategies for Marketing Virtual Events, October 4, 2021

Have the Right Policies in Place When Transitioning to a Virtual or Hybrid Office, September 30, 2021

Six Steps for Creating a Virtual or Hybrid Sponsorship Prospectus, September 13, 2021

Steps for Successfully Implementing Your Hybrid Workforce Plan, August 23, 2021

Top Takeaways on How Membership Will Survive the Great Reset, August 16, 2021  


Other Tools and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC’s resource page includes information on COVID-19 vaccination and testing, variants, and travel updates. 

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: This State Department resource includes information on travel advisories, presidential proclamations on travel restrictions, and country-specific COVID-19 information.

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.