- 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.
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:
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.
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:
- Association Impact Snapshot February/March 2021: Key Findings Report
- Association Impact Snapshot May/June 2020: Key Findings Report
- Association Impact Snapshot March/April 2020: Key Findings Report
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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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.