ACPA and The Power of A

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One in every three Americans is a part of our nation’s vital association and nonprofit industry.

As an association, ACPA is part of a larger community of associations and non-profits that includes 90,908 501(c)(6) trade or professional associations and 1,238,201 501(c)(3) charities, foundations or religious organizations — ACPA is classified as a 501 (c)(3).

That means that ACPA is part of a vast network in North Carolina and around the country.

  • Associations employed more than 1.6 million people in all 50 states in 2009; 1.2% of the private sector workforce in the U.S. works for an association.
  • Associations create jobs in every state, with more than 30,000 501 (c)(3) organizations in North Carolina.
  • Associations are major contributors to the meetings industry, holding meetings and seminars across the country.

The ACPA National Office Team are members of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and are dedicated participants in the nonprofit industry. This network provides resources, benchmarks, connections and support – whether through ASAE or another local or national association. And while ACPA does not lobby or have a government affairs program, with The Power of A, we influence change.

It should surprise no one that one in every three Americans is a part of our nation’s vital association and nonprofit industry. Whether as an employee, a member, a volunteer or donor, at the heart of our community are people – researchers, innovators, mentors, communicators – whose expertise and hard work collectively create a stronger America and world.

The Power of A is a branding and messaging platform established to help ASAE and other associations communicate their value to Capitol Hill, the media, and other key audiences. Its primary purpose is to ensure that associations continue to have the resources and support to carry out their vital missions.

Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE, Power of A Committee Chair and President and CEO of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, said the following about associations, “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.”

Associations and nonprofits tap the power of millions – those who are most knowledgeable and passionate about industries, professions and ideas. In virtually every business sector and industry, across the country, state to state, associations mobilize millions to turn change into progress one step at a time.