Now more than ever, members of organizations like ASSP are relying on these professional associations to provide them with critical support, guidance and resources.
But many of these groups are experiencing significant revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crisis is causing many organizations to postpone large meetings, trade shows and other in-person events, and manage operational shortfalls that have befallen many businesses around the U.S. in recent weeks.
ASSP recently sent letters to U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth
and Richard Durbin
, and U.S. Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi
, Mike Quigley
, Jan Schakowsky
and Brian Schneider
, the federal representatives for the state of Illinois where the Society office is located, to voice concern that professional associations are being overlooked in coronavirus-related federal stimulus bills. The Society sent similar letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
provides relief for a large number of people and businesses, it does little to assist professional associations, ASSP says.
There are 92,000 trade and professional associations in the U.S, and ASSP will continue to advocate for their inclusion in future federal stimulus bills. If you would like to express your support for including professional associations in these bills, please visit Congress.gov
to locate contact information for your U.S. senator or representative.