December 18, 2017
    How will associations be affected?

    Plus, panelists still needed for Membership2020, and take a salary survey! Thinking Aloud, by Ed Dalere

    By Ed Dalere | 05/11/2017

    Wow, every week there seems to be something the Trump administration does that gets some people’s hackles up, and others telling them to simmer down now. Last week it was an executive order that directly affects C3 organizations, but it wasn’t as controversial as an earlier version suggested it might be. Also, there was the passage of the American Health Care Act, or Trumpcare. We’re still waiting to see how both will play out, especially the AHCA, which heads to the U.S. Senate.

    This week it’s the firing of FBI director James Comey. People’s reaction were much the same as last week. There are those who insist there is something not right about it, while others are pointing out that some politicians and others were for his firing before they were against it. How this development affects associations is not yet clear (at least in the immediate) but it is an interesting time for all Americans. 

    What do you think? How do you think any of this will affect associations, if at all? Leave your comments below. (You can now leave comments at the end of any TRENDS article moving forward.)


    Panelists still are needed for the discussion on millennials at the Membership2020 event, June 26 in Washington. Organizers are looking for outgoing professionals who are younger than 34. Also:

    * 1-4 years professional experience

    * outgoing, good public speaker

    * available mid-day on June 26, near Farragut North metro station

    * are a member of a professional association, have been previously, or would possibly consider it in the future.

    If you are interested, contact Linnae O’Flahavan at


    We’re also now collecting survey responses for the 2017 Association CEO Compensation Report, published by Association TRENDS. Go to to fill out your survey today. Be a part of this important resource that will help determine association CEO compensation. 

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