February 2020 Print

Monthly Lunch Details

Tuesday, February 18
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Embassy Suites West Little Rock
11301 Financial Centre Parkway
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72211

REMINDER: Executive lunches are $20 in 2020. Please be sure to select "Executive Lunch - $20" when you register for the meeting. 

How can your prevent fires from breaking out? How can you—whether facing a destructive coworker or a corrosive culture—protect yourself in an atmosphere that seems like is beyond repair?

In "The Arsonist in the Office," Author Pete Havel equips you with the right tools and techniques that help identify the arsonists and protect you and your organization.

Read more here

ASAE's policy is that anyone that RSVPs and does not attend the meeting will be billed.

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Membership Renewal

Thank you for your membership in ASAE! We value your participation in the organization and are planning a great year of programs and events in 2020.

All memberships and partnerships expired on December 31, 2019. Please login to the "Member Area" to renew online and review the membership information we have on file for you.

If you have not received your membership renewal email or partnership information, or if you have someone you think would make an excellent new member or partner, please contact Stephanie at 501-223-9188.

Please note that Executive lunches will be $20 in 2020, but you can still pre-pay to make meeting payments easier. Associate members can pre-pay for lunches and save $5 per lunch, or $45 for the year. Consider this option when you renew your dues and you will just have to RSVP online for each lunch and avoid submitting a monthly payment.

Dues must be paid no later than March 15 to be included in the 2020 directory. 

If you have questions about membership renewal, please don't hesitate to contact Stephanie at 501-223-9188 or [email protected]

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The Association Societies Alliance (ASA), in partnership with Dynamic Benchmarking, LLC, has launched ASA Real-Time Compensation Benchmarking, an online compensation survey and benchmarking platform for executives of professional, trade and service-centric associations and nonprofits.

The new data gathering and reporting platform, powered by Dynamic Benchmarking, is the next evolution of the biennial Association Executive Compensation & Benefits Survey, which ASA has conducted since 2013.

ASA opened the the online survey in January 2020 with initial reportable data expected to be available for users to access and download as soon as Q2 in 2020. To encourage participation in and demonstrate the value of the new program, throughout 2020 ASA will provide participating associations with free access to all data reports.

Participation in the survey itself will always be free, and beginning in 2021, 365/24/7 access to the real time data will be available with an annual subscription expected to be priced competitively with the rates most associations have been paying for the previous static biennial Compensation & Benefits Survey.

Questions? Check out these FAQs!

See the full press release here.

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Association Management Information

The Art of Positive Communication for Development

Date/Time: Febraury 20, 8:30 AM to 10:15 AM

Location: AEDD, 105 East Roosevelt Rd., Little Rock, AR 72206

This session with Dr. Julien Mirivel is an introduction to the art of positive communication for development professionals. It is built on the premise that "the spoken word, spoken honorably and well, can make a difference that no other form of communication can equal." In the talk, he shares a simple model to inspire all participants to communicate more positively. With personal examples and stories, the audience will practice concrete behaviors that will have a positive effect at work, at home, and in the community. By the end of the talk, every person in the audience will be able to create their best moments and to connect with others more deeply.

Register by Monday, February 17. Cost: $35 Association of Fundraising Professionals Members/$55 Non-members

Learn more and register here.

Update from ASAE Interim President and CEO




As we enter a new year, I am writing to share the latest on our policy issues, the wins from 2019, and our plan for the future. With state legislatures beginning their work this month and the presidential election approaching, it’s more important than ever for the voice of association professionals to be heard.

21% Unrelated Business Income Tax on Transportation Costs

In December we saw a major win for the association community when Congress repealed the first-ever tax on employee parking and transportation benefits for tax-exempt organizations. This was possible thanks to the countless association professionals who wrote letters and visited congressional offices to support repeal, ASAE’s UBIT Coalition, as well as the legislators on both sides of the aisle who understood the compliance challenges and administrative burdens that the tax created for nonprofit groups.

Defending Association Certification

We are also proud to share that we are gaining traction on a bipartisan bill to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs. The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act was introduced last month by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to help students and individuals already in the workforce advance their career development through training, certification and credentialing programs.

We are also carefully watching state legislatures for bills that pose a challenge to voluntary professional certification. Already this year over 70 bills that impact association certification have been introduced. Beginning in 2018, associations have seen increasing, often haphazardly written, professional credentialing reform laws across the country. ASAE and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence formed theProfessional Certification Coalition to protect the association community against these threats. Association advocates have been critical in educating elected officials on the merits of certification, and in stopping dangerous legislation in state capitals around the country.

New Issues

There are also new issues on the radar, like the possible sale of the .org registry to a private equity firm, which could greatly increase the price of association domain name registrations and renewals. Read more in Associations Now. We also continue to be active in defending Association Health Plans (AHPs) and federal tax legislation, including advocating for a grandfather clause for the excise tax on certain executive compensation. In addition, our team is monitoring any potential threats to associations meetings.

It’s critical for association professionals and industry partners to stay engaged in the process and remind elected officials of the positive impact of the association community on the economy and society overall. 

Susan Robertson, CAE,
Interim ASAE President & CEO


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CAE (Certified Association Executive)

When you make the decision to pursue your Certified Association Executive credential, you take a big step toward advancing your association management career. The prospect of taking the CAE exam can be daunting, but thorough preparation can help you feel confident when you sit down to take the test.

This eight-week online seminar series will take participants through all nine CAE exam domains. In each session, the instructor will explore one or two domains and review recommended readings and practice questions. Three attendees will be randomly selected to walk the group through the assigned practice problems. Click on the Agenda tab below for more details on the course breakdown.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase the CAE Study Guide to aid in preparation and to access a practice test. 

This online seminar series consists of eight 60-minute live online sessions that feature facilitated audio content and conversations. Before the first session, registrants will receive login information and links to test their computer and become acquainted with the platform. Participants will have access to recorded sessions, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Registration for this online seminar series will close Friday, February 7, 2020, at 12 p.m. ET.

Read more and register here.

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