The COVID-19 pandemic is a major health, safety and economic crisis. Citizens and governments across the globe face dire circumstances to keep people safe and their economies stable. During this challenging time, ASAE is doing everything it can to help its members and association professionals continue their critical missions and navigate the COVID-19 pandemic as safely as possible.
March 25-26: Register for American Associations Day 2021, ASAE’s legislative fly-in
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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
NEW: “Lobbying Activities” Defined!
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that, when calculating “lobbying activities” for a PPP loan application, 501(c)(6) organizations should use the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA): “For purposes of determining the eligibility of section 501(c)(6) organizations and destination marketing organizations for First Draw and Second Draw PPP Loans, “lobbying activities” is defined in section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1602).” (Read SBA’s FAQ; pp. 27-28)
This is a big deal and helps ensure thousands more deserving associations and other 501(c)(6)s can access essential relief through the PPP. For months, ASAE stressed to policymakers the critical need for applicants to use the LDA. Last December, ASAE wrote the SBA and US Department of the Treasury directly to help demonstrate why the LDA is the clear measure to calculate “lobbying activities” and have remained in close contact with committees of jurisdiction in Congress.
NEW: The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 passed Congress on March 10, 2021. Read ASAE’s overview.
Review the slides and watch a recording of Paycheck Protection Program 2.0: Lessons Learned So Far and Considerations for Associations to learn about the PPP application process.
Pandemic Risk Insurance Act
On May 27, 2020, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (H.R. 7011), which would establish a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses and event cancellations resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. ASAE has called for such a proposal since its March 19 appeal to Congress and played a major role to ensure that H.R. 7011 would support associations – particularly through coverage for event cancellations. If enacted, associations and others would have access to this insurance beginning on January 1, 2021.
“The Pandemic Risk Insurance Act offers a critical solution for associations and others devastated by event cancellations, slashed reserves and sharp membership declines amid COVID-19,” said Susan Robertson, CAE; American Society of Association Executives President and CEO. “ASAE thanks and applauds Congresswoman Maloney for introducing this important bill, which will no doubt help provide America’s 62,000 associations the security they need to fully reignite our community’s far-reaching economic impact through industry-focused conferences, workforce development and educational programming, among other critical services.”
The Skills Renewal Act
Introduced in the House by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Terri Sewell (D-AL) and G.T. Thompson (R-PA), and in the Senate by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), the Skills Renewal Act would serve as a boon for American workers hit hard by the financial reality of COVID-19. This important bill would provide Americans who have been laid-off or furloughed as a result of COVID-19 a $4,000 tax credit to pursue post-secondary skills training and credentials and thereby help reestablish their welfare and wellbeing.
If amended, as proposed by the Professional Certification Coalition (co-lead by ASAE), Americans could use the credit to pursue and obtain industry certifications and other professional credentials that would help them more fully access the economy and contribute to a dynamic marketplace through increased competition and consumer choice.
The Essential Pillars and Purpose of American Associations
On July 21, 2020, ASAE announced a new, mainstay messaging piece to support our members and the nonprofit association community: The Essential Pillars and Purpose of American Associations. This document is intended to correct misconceptions about nonprofit associations and their purpose and function in the economy and society at large. Please feel free to share broadly.
American Associations Week 2020
American Associations Week (AAW), June 15-June 18, 2020 was a free, week-long virtual education and advocacy event to help inform policymakers and urge Congress to support the association community. AAW highlighted meaningful ways that associations strengthen society, and provided programming and resources to amplify these messages and mobilize stakeholders to help inform members of Congress. Check out more ASAE resources:
- Download ASAE’s Advocacy Handbook, which was developed for American Associations Week 2020 and details ASAE’s main policy priorities.
- Download ASAE’s infographic on the Association Impact on the American Economy and Society, which demonstrates nonprofit associations’ presence and contribution across the economy and society.
- Visit our American Associations Week 2020 Downloadable Resources page for more advocacy materials, such as program recordings, social media support and template communications to legislators.
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