While there are fantastic associations around the world, the U.S. has some extra reasons to celebrate. According to the ASAE’s Association FAQ page, the first American settlers created trade guilds modeled after British traditions, so that people in the same industry could address common challenges and provide support.
This same article states that in 1830 French statesman/author Alexis de Toqueville said that the young country was so successful at democracy because people were forming associations, regardless of age, station in life, and disposition. High praise for our industry!
Almost 200 years later, U.S. citizens continue to establish, join, and work for associations. Why? Because they help people and improve society. And, instead of declining as time goes by, associations continue to grow – according to ASAE, there are 90,908 trade/professional associations and 1.2+ million philanthropic/charitable associations. And where are they located? All over the United States. Though fittingly, the #1 market is our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
So, take this opportunity to celebrate not only our country’s birth, but also the sector that played a part in its development. Happy Independence Day!