In response to COVID-19, Congress passed the CARES Act to provide $2.2 trillion in financial relief for individuals, small businesses, corporations, hospitals, state and local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations. While associations are included in some of the CARES Act’s provisions, ASAE is very concerned that trade and professional associations experiencing severe revenue losses during the current pandemic were excluded from the popular and beneficial Paycheck Protection Program.

To discuss this issue, ASAE will bring together association professionals and Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) for a Zoom Video Town Hall on Monday, April 13 at 2:00 pm ET. Congressman Bera is a physician who represents Sacramento County, CA and Congresswoman Murphy represents Orlando, FL – a hub for association conferences – and is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Moderated by Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Managing Partner, Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC, and Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, Vice President for Public Policy at ASAE, this video town hall will bring together two of the top association advocates in Congress and discuss the critical need for associations to be included in an expanded Paycheck Protection Program. Specific goals for this session are to:

1. Hear directly from Members of Congress on this issue;
2. Have association professionals to share stories about their associations’ economic strife as a result of this pandemic; and
3. Hear how associations are making an impact in the effort to fight COVID-19.

To register for this free program, click here. For questions about what type of information may be useful to share with the Members of Congress, contact

 ASAE will hold a separate webinar on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 pm ET to discuss the advocacy efforts of associations and to break down the elements of the legislation. Separately, ASAE stands ready to assist members in taking advantage of the current aid available. To read more about ASAE’s advocacy work, visit To read more about the impact on the association community, visit