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American Associations Day 2016

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March 9-10, 2016

Schedule of Events

Scholarship Guidelines

There is no registration fee for this event. Additionally, a scholarship is available for attendees who make Hill visits that are from outside the DC-metro area. To RSVP for this year’s fly-in contact Mary Kate Cunningham, ASAE Public Policy Department staff, at 202-626-2787 or

Download our American Associations Day App! The new mobile app will include a schedule of events, speaker bios, talking points, Congressional directory, @Power_of_A twitter updates, and ways to share information on social media sites. The app can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play for use on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android operating systems.

Helpful Documents:

Public Policy Update

The Basics of a Hill Visit

Draft Meeting Request – House of Representatives

Draft Meeting Request- Senate

Why Associations Are Tax Exempt

The Value of Face-to-Face Meetings

ASAE Leadership presents the 2012 Sentinel Award to Rep. Jim Moran

American Associations Day (#pwra) is the only legislative fly-in where association professionals like you can connect with Congressional offices and share your story on important association issues, like tax reform, allowing federal employees to attend private meetings, or nonprofit governance.
This unique opportunity allows you, as an association professional, to create connections with policy-makers that will not only advance the association industry, but your own organization as well. And ASAE will even provide you with a scholarship to do it.

The event is open to any association executive, staff member, or leadership volunteer that is passionate about association issues and wants to make a difference, as well as meet and network with fellow advocates from across the country. Registration is free, and out-of-town attendees are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $300 to reimburse travel costs if they visit their members of Congress.

Attendees connecting at the American Associations Day Reception, hosted by the ASAE Board

Associations have achieved so many legislative successes over the past few years: repealing the new 1099 requirement, protecting the charitable deduction, adding nonprofits to a small employer tax credit, and promoting association meetings as economic drivers.  Those successes are due to association executives creating lasting connections with their members of Congress.  American Associations Day is your chance to create those connections and lay the groundwork for future legislative successes, both for the association community and your own association.

Media Coverage:

ASAE Honors Rep. Jim Moran for Effort on Ethics Rule (CEO Update, subscription required)
New Research Shows Associations Impact Society (Meetings Focus)
Fly-In Execs Seek Lawmakers’ Help on Association Issues (CEO Update)
The Importance of Associations (Association Trends)

2013 Fly-In Links
Social media guide for American Associations Day
A Beginner’s Guide to Hill visits

2012 Fly in Links – Attendee Information
Schedule of events
Speaker bios
Scholarship reimbursement form
Scholarship guidelines
Generic Hill visit feedback form
Association advocacy survey summary

Jim Clarke PowerPoint Presentation from Fly-In
John Graham PowerPoint from Fly-In

Issue update for Congressional visits
Association meetings one-pager
Nonprofit resolution one-pager
Insurance Exchange one-pager
Association lobbyist guidelines

Articles to Help You Prepare for Your Visit
Grassroots Efforts That WorkAssociations Now, October 11
Building Relationships with the Big Dogs” by Amy Showalter Associations Now, August 2009
What Does It Take to Get Legislative Staff to Remember Your Information” by Amy Showalter
Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill” by the Congressional Management Foundation