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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Last updated 5.14.20


Associations North is here for you and committed to providing resources to help you stay informed and protected during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our greatest resource is YOU, our community. TOGETHER we can learn, share, and come out of this situation stronger and more prepared.


We are proactively monitoring COVID-19 and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and the Minnesota Department of Health. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page. Please check the calendar of events for education and event details. We will continue to monitor conditions and make updates as necessary.


To Our Allied Members + Hospitality Community

We are here for you. We are all in this together and you are definitely in our hearts. We are working to bring additional resources as part of your Associations North membership.

Additionally, Associations North staff will be working remotely with full capacity to serve members.

Associations North Staff Direct Contact

Angela Kisskeys, Co-Director, VP of Operations + Communications | 651-358-3610 | angela[at]
Sarah Kragness, Education + Project Manager | 651-358-3613 | skragness[at]
Sarah Ruzek, Co-Director, VP of Finance + Education | 651-358-3612 | sarah[at]
Chris Villeneuve, Membership + Office Manager | 651-358-3611 | chris[at]



Here are some of Associations North priorities for the near future:

Bringing Connection + Community to Members - One of the benefits of in-person meetings is sharing with peers. Since face-to-face interactions are not possible for the short-term, we are creating opportunities for you to take advantage of your Associations North membership remotely. This includes webinars, live chats and Zoom meetings for our members and volunteers. Check the calendar for upcoming virtual opportunities and below (under Web Chats + Virtual Conversations) for recorded programs.

2020 Education and Events - All education and events this year will be held virtually. While we work to redesign what this will look like, please know that we are working hard to provide the most value for members during this challenging time and some of our programs will look differently this year. For example, the Meeting Planners Symposium (typically held in November) will be June 16 and 18 virtually. We will continue to share details as they develop.




The following resources are designed to streamline the flood of COVID-19 information circulating and offer guidance to help you and your association move forward in this changing business environment. If you have any questions or would like to share what your organization is doing, please contact us.


Safely Returning to Work

Steps for businesses to return to work will be a gradual process that requires critical planning for the safety of all.


Impact of Coronavirus on Associations Survey
Associations North has participated in Association Laboratory's global study assessing the current and future impact of the coronavirus on trade and professional association finances and strategy. Access Survey Results.


Funding + Financial Relief


Small Business Administrations Paycheck Protection Program

Nonprofits with less than 500 employees qualify for this new SBA program and we encourage you to apply if this would be helpful for your organization. The Paycheck Protection Program provides potentially forgivable loans for nonprofits at 2.5 times your average monthly payroll for up to $10 million. Nonprofits apply through their bank. This program is designed to be streamlined with the goal of helping nonprofits retain their employees; there’s no penalty for a “good enough” application.  If you’re interested, reach out to your nonprofit’s bank asap and check in with your board; it’s in your interest to apply quickly. (Source: propelnonprofits)



Coronavirus Aid, Relief + Economic Security (CARES) Act

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package to provide Americans emergency aid and help combat the pandemic. Two provisions in the CARES Act apply to 501(c)(6) associations: an employee retention payroll tax credit and emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants that can be used for payroll costs, rent or mortgage payments, or repaying obligations that cannot be met because of revenue losses. However, associations were not included in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which received an additional infusion of funds in a $484 billion interim package of new COVID-19 relief passed by Congress on April 23. That bill also included additional funding for the EIDL program. (Source: ASAE)

Tax extension. The IRS announced April 9 that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tax returns and payments for tax-exempt organizations and fiscal-year businesses due between April and June are now delayed until July 15, 2020.


COVID-19 + Unemployment

Has your employment been effected by coronavirus? Learn how to apply for unemployment, eligibility and benefits. Details.



Hospitality + Tourism

The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families.



Advocacy Updates + Call to Action

Associations North is in regular communication with ASAE in regard to advocacy efforts that have great impact on the association community. Currently, we must continue to educate Congress about the financial stress the COVID-19 pandemic has created for associations at the same time many of our organizations are trying to assist our own members to obtain emergency aid. Here's what you can do to help:


FOR YOUR TEAM + Remote office

Many organizations have asked employees to work remotely during Coronavirus. This can be a new work style for many and pose both benefits and challenges. Here are some resources to embrace this new working environment, tips to make sure your team is working effectively and navigating a virtual workspace.

We'd love to see your team!
Send Associations North a picture of your team working remotely, we'd love to feature you on our social media and showcase the association community.

Member CONNECTION + communities

Check out the following options to get answers to association questions, share information with peers, or simply engage in an association conversation.

These are not for political discussions, commercial information or job/employee searches. Additionally, Associations North complies with all antitrust laws and reminds all users to guard against activity that could be construed as a violation of antitrust laws.

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Web chats + virtual conversations

Legal Governance Challenges for Associations During a Pandemic (5.13.20)
From cancelled membership meetings to virtual board meetings to online elections, associations are struggling to find answers to a host of pressing governance questions. On Demand Recording | Additional Resources

Return to Work Considerations (5.12.20)
As associations grapple with the complex and difficult decision of how and when to safely return to the office, leaders need to carefully consider the law and have a process in place to protect staff and members. On Demand Recording

COVID-19: CARES Act (4.23.20)
Understanding the CARES Act, resources for associations and legal strategies for meetings. On Demand Recording | Legal Strategies Document | CARES Act Guide for Nonprofits | COVID Legal Strategies

Adding Member Value in the Time of COVID-19 (4.6.20)
Association professionals from across the country came together to share examples of how their organizations pivoted to create meaningful value in this moment of disruption. On Demand Recording | Follow-up Resources

How to go virtual while still creating an engaging experience (3.31.20)
Virtual co-creation event on how to go virtual (while still creating an engaging experience). On Demand Recording | Follow-up Resources

Event Cancellation Considerations (3.26.20)
Each day more associations are having to consider the future of upcoming events, whether this is canceling, postponing or rescheduling live events and conferences. On Demand Recording

Working Remotely (3.24.20)
Overnight, many of our teams are working remotely due to the pandemic. Uncover tips and tricks to get set up, maximize your workday, communicate with colleagues and more. On Demand Recording | Follow-up Resource

Additional Resources

Below are additional resources to help address general COVID-19 questions and concerns, tips and tricks for parents, activities and educational resources for children insurance, human resources, legal, as well as addressing the importance of mental health and wellness.