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IRS Promotes Tax Break for Year-End Charitable Giving

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) partnered with Independent Sector and National Council of Nonprofits this week to draw attention to a special tax provision that allows more people deduct donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return. The pandemic-related provision allows married couples filing jointly to deduct Read more

December 16, 2021|

ASAE Endorses Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2021

ASAE endorsed a bill introduced yesterday by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to create a federal backstop that will help cover losses resulting from a future pandemic or public health emergency. The Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2021 directs insurers to provide pandemic coverage for event cancellation losses – which is Read more

November 4, 2021|

Watch 2021 Summit Award Winner Videos

Following a successful, sold-out Summit Awards last week at the National Building Museum, ASAE is sharing the 2021 Summit winner videos with the association community. Steve Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and ASAE Board Chair, said the winners “raise the Read more

October 7, 2021|

House Set to Vote on Infrastructure Bill

As of late this afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was seemingly plowing ahead with a planned vote in the House today on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that progressives in her caucus have threatened to oppose. “We’re on a path to win the votes,” Pelosi told reporters earlier Read more

September 30, 2021|

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The Senate passed a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill on a 69-30 vote on Tuesday, teeing up a vote in the House that would deliver President Biden his first major bipartisan victory. Although 19 Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Senate Democrats in advancing the bill, the Read more

August 12, 2021|

Senate Plans to End Employee Retention Credit Early

The bipartisan infrastructure bill released last Sunday would end the employee retention tax credit (ERTC) that Congress created to help businesses retain employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. A provision in the legislative package would end the ERTC on Sept. 30 instead of the current Dec. 31 expiration date, raising an Read more

August 5, 2021|

ASAE Announces 2021 Power of A Summit Award Winners

ASAE this week announced the winners of the 2021 Power of A Awards, created to celebrate and promote the invaluable contributions that associations make to America and the world. Six associations will be recognized with a 2021 Summit Award, ASAE’s highest honor for the association community, during the Summit Awards Read more

July 29, 2021|

ASAE, AHP Coalition Support Bill to Strengthen AHPs

ASAE and the Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans voiced support for legislation introduced this week to expand healthcare options and lower costs for small businesses and their employees through AHPs. The “Association Health Plans Act of 2021” (H.R. 4547) was introduced yesterday by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI). Read more

July 22, 2021|

ASAE, BCC Urge Congress to Mitigate Pandemic Risk

ASAE and other members of the Business Continuity Coalition (BCC) urged lawmakers in a Senate Banking subcommittee hearing today to develop a public/private program to mitigate event cancellation, business interruption and related losses from a future pandemic or other devastating event. The Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment Read more

July 22, 2021|

Supreme Court Strikes Down CA Donor Disclosure Law

Today, the Supreme Court nullified a California law that required nonprofit organizations to disclose a list of major donors, including names and addresses, to the State. While California is required to keep disclosures private from the public, opponents of the law say that does not happen. In a 6-3 ruling Read more

July 1, 2021|

ASAE Joins Business Continuity Coalition

ASAE joined the steering committee of the Business Continuity Coalition (BCC) as a part of the association’s steadfast effort to help pass critically needed pandemic risk insurance legislation. “ASAE is honored to join the BCC and help find a strong solution for pandemic risk insurance and, in particular, event cancellation Read more

June 10, 2021|

ASAE Submits Workforce Comments to Senate HELP

ASAE submitted comments today to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions in support of legislation that would allow individuals across the country to use their 529 education savings plans to cover the costs of certain workforce training and credentialing programs. Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) Read more

April 8, 2021|

Spanberger, Upton Introduce Bill to Expand 529 Savings Plans

A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced legislation yesterday that would allow individuals across the country to use their 529 education savings plans to cover the costs of certain workforce training and credentialing programs. The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act was introduced by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Fred Upton Read more

March 25, 2021|

ASAE Kicks Off American Associations Day 2021

More than 350 association professionals are meeting virtually today and tomorrow for ASAE’s annual legislative fly-in, called American Associations Day 2021. This is the second consecutive year ASAE has held the fly-in virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic but participants are using the event to showcase for policymakers why associations Read more

March 25, 2021|

ASAE Announces 2021 Sentinel Award Winners

ASAE’s 2021 Sentinel Awards will be presented to Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). The awards will honor the Congressional leaders who championed the cause of including nonprofit associations and other 501(c)(6) organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program Read more

March 18, 2021|

Appeals Court Provides Win for Credentialing Community

A recent federal court ruling affirmed that associations and other private certification bodies have the right to establish their own credentialing standards. ASAE and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.), founding members of the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC), filed an amicus brief in the case, Kenney v. American Board of Read more

March 11, 2021|

SBA Guidance Answers 501(c)(6) Lobbying Questions

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued guidance last Friday clarifying that Section 501(c)(6) organizations can calculate their “lobbying activities” under the same parameters as the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) when determining their eligibility for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Since Congress passed legislation last December to expand Read more

March 11, 2021|

Congress Passes $1.9T COVID Stimulus Package

Congress yesterday approved a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package for the still-struggling U.S. economy, delivering President Biden his first significant legislative victory since taking office. The bill, titled the American Rescue Plan, includes another round of stimulus checks up to $1,400 for most Americans; extended, additional unemployment benefits for Read more

March 11, 2021|

ASAE Supports Establishment of Senate D+I Office

ASAE this week joined a sign-on letter urging Senate leaders to make an institutional commitment to increasing congressional staff diversity by establishing a bipartisan Senate Diversity and Inclusion Office. The letter, organized by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, cites research conducted last year by the Joint Center Read more

January 28, 2021|

ASAE Details Critical Role of Associations in Letter to Biden

ASAE delivered a letter to President Biden yesterday urging the administration to engage the association community in policy discussions of critical importance to the nation. ASAE typically sends an introductory letter to each incoming administration, though this year’s letter reflects the extraordinary and immediate challenges facing the White House as Read more

January 28, 2021|

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