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ASAE announces new leadership award. ASAE is pleased to announce a new program designed to recognize association executives who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the profession of association management--the Banff Centre-ASAE Award for Excellence in Association Leadership. The recipient will receive full tuition for one of three 10-day professional development programs as well as round-trip air travel courtesy of Air Canada, ground transportation, accommodations, and meals--a package worth more than $10,000.

Designed exclusively for and restricted to executive-level participants, the Banff Centre for Management and Executive Programs has earned an international reputation for excellence. The recipient may choose from three outstanding programs: Management Excellence, Guiding People and Organizational Change, and Creating and Implementing Innovation and Knowledge Management Strategies.

Applicants will be judged on the basis of their demonstrated success in the four core competencies identified by the Executive Management Section: self assessment/self actualization; innovation/change leadership; organizational design; and relationship maintenance.

Eligibility is restricted to association executives who meet the following requirements: ASAE members for at least three years; currently employed as a full-time CEO in an association or other nonprofit organization for at least three years; not a previous recipient of the award or the Banff Centre/CSAE Executive Leadership Award. Preference is given to those who have attained the CAE designation.

For more information and an application packet, contact Lee Moore, (202) 626-2706, or e-mail: All applications must be received by May 1, 2000. The recipient will be announced at ASAE Orlando 2000.

Olson highlights ASAE initiatives at Indianapolis press conference. ASAE President and CEO Michael S. Olson, CAE, made several announcements at a press conference during the ASAE Management and Technology Conference 1999 in December, including

* the official launch of the redesigned ASAE Web site;

* the creation of the ASAE-Banff Centre scholarship award program;

* an enhanced partnership with PlanSoft that allows for a free pathway for members to PlanSoft meeting planning tools via ASAE's Web site; and

* the ASAE Foundation exceeded its initial goal of $5 million for its "Partners for the Future" campaign and is working toward an amended goal of $5.5 million.

Olson also announced the meeting sites for the next four years of ASAE meetings and conferences. The venues for annual meetings are 2000 Orlando, 2001 Philadelphia, 2002 Denver, 2003 Hawaii, and 2004 Minneapolis. Management and Technology conferences will be held in Washington, D.C. in 2000, Baltimore in 2001, Washington, D.C. in 2002, and Chicago in 2003.

ASAE hosts students on Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), promoted Groundhog Job Shadow Day--which ASAE participated in on February 2--at a January 24 press conference held at ASAE. Powell is chairman of America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth, the organization that developed the event designed to provide a day of career mentoring to youngsters. ASAE is one of the organizations working with America's Promise to publicize and participate in Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

Powell said that volunteerism "begins the process of teaching youngsters that when you share yourself with others, you get a lot more back in return, and it's an obligation to be a good citizen." Thirty ASAE employees participated in the event, including President and CEO Michael S. Olson, CAE.

"Groundhog Job Shadow Day was a tremendous success, Olson said. "The students who came to our offices were eager to learn about what it means to be an association executive, and we were eager to show them." He said that through continued partnerships, "associations can continue to broaden the horizons of the nation's youth to a rich array of opportunities of which they may not have been aware.

Administration proposes tax on associations. The Clinton administration again proposed to tax the investment income of 501 (c) (6) associations in its fiscal year 2001 budget plan. The administration seeks to raise $1.5 billion across five years by taxing the interest, dividend, royalty, and rental income of associations. Under this plan, all income more than $10,000 will be subject to the unrelated business income tax. This tax targets the investment income that trade and professional associations rely on to carry out their exempt purpose.

ASAE has already begun an effort to defeat the proposal, delivering by hand a letter to all members of Congress on the day the budget was released. For more information, contact your representative, go to or call ASAE's Public Policy Division at (202) 626-2703.

JCT calls for new disclosures from exempt organizations. The Joint Committee on Taxation released a report suggesting items that should be disclosed that are currently unavailable to the public. They include Form 990-T for unrelated business income tax, information about exempt organization audits and closing agreements, more information about lobbying activity by 501 (c) (3) organizations, and annual tax filings for organizations that are related to exempt organizations.

ASAE filed comments with the JCT last year that focused on making the current Form 990 a more user-friendly document. While ASAE is a proponent of reasonable disclosure, the JCT's recommendations raise concerns about the actual benefit of making such information available to the public. The House Ways and Means Committee will accept written comments for the record on the issue until March 15. The Department of Treasury plans to release a study on a similar topic. For the full JCT report, go to

* ASAE's Strategic Leadership Forum will be held at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas, April 9-11, 2000. Keynote speakers include Dr. Oren Harari, formerly a senior consultant with the Tom Peters Group; Dr. Steven Stein, president of Multi-Health Systems; and Michele Hunt, founder of Vision and Values. The event is jointly sponsored by ASAE and GES Exposition Services, a trade show and event-marketing company headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in 36 major cities in the United States and Canada. The forum is by invitation only. For more information, e-mail Fern Brown:

* Speaking at a February 10 Alliance Forum breakfast, Representative John Sununu (RNH), center, said the Clinton administration's tax proposals are likely to face strong opposition from Congress. Sununu, a member of the House Appropriations and Budget committees, also predicted that association health plans provisions will become part of the "Patients' Bill of Rights" package sent to the president.

* Marcus S. Owens spoke about upcoming tax developments at a February 3 Town Hall meeting, a week before he retired as IRS exempt organizations division director. Owens predicted that the agency will study how Internet transactions and activity affect tax liability for all exempt organizations. He noted that the exempt organization community now totals 1.3 million organizations, representing 12 percent of the gross domestic product. "When times turn down, the exempt organization world needs to be ready for increased scrutiny," he said. "There is a real potential for significant changes."

* On February 4, ASAE filed its petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the association's challenge to the constitutionality of certain lobby tax provisions contained in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. The brief states: "This court's guidance is necessary to explain to Congress, to state legislatures, and to the Department of Treasury, the constitutional limits that must govern their actions when taxing protected speech." This petition marks the third and final level of appeals for this case.

* Marcie Granahan, who served as director of operations in ASAE's communication division for three years, was recently promoted to vice president of member resources.

* Jenny Harrington, who has been with ASAE for six years, was recently promoted from director of production to director of the newly created design and production department.
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