Executive Report  |   October 2015
The Power of Association
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  • Paul Pomerantz
    ASA Chief Executive Officer
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Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Executive Report
Executive Report   |   October 2015
The Power of Association
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 8-9.
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 8-9.
Associations did not originate in America, but they have come to play a unique and critical role in our democracy. Virtually every profession and industry in the U.S. is represented by one or more associations. Associations provide invaluable services, including continuing professional education, advocacy, development of standards, research and public safety. Associations exemplify the importance of unity and collaboration, especially during challenging times. Moreover, associations are a strong force in our economy, employing approximately 1.6 million people nationwide. And that’s not all – association members are noted for their charity. Almost 45 percent of association members reported volunteering their time in the past year.
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