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#20 - ASA behind the scenes: The cost of "duning" business

ASA Board

Protecting everyone’s right to recreate on public lands is what the ASA is all about, but do you know what it costs to maintain that vigilance?

To give you a better idea, here is a 5-year average of where we raise our funds, and where we spend them:

DYK Cost of Duning Business 1

As you can see in the charts, ISDRA Permit Sales make up a majority of both our revenue and our expenses.  The chart below has been adjusted to reflect the net revenue from the ISDRA permit sales:

revenue detail

Membership, Business Sponsors, Donations, and raffle ticket sales provide most of our revenue. The challenge we face is that standing up for OHV recreation is expensive, it takes a village of experts: lawyers, lobbyists, and scientists. There are also accountants, administrators, and support staff. While we are so grateful for the countless hours of support from our amazing volunteers even things like maintaining a website, staying connected and attending events all have costs involved.

Being on the forefront of OHV advocacy is a 24/7, year-round responsibility. Whether there is an immediate, urgent need or the stirrings of something to come, the ASA must constantly be on the alert. Never again can we allow ourselves to be blindsided like we were in 2000 when we lost 49,000 acres at the ISDRA. Keeping the organization going is a must; and yes, it is costly. Here is an overview of the past 15 years:

revenue expenses bar chart

There is a perception that the ASA raises a lot of money to fight to keep the dunes open, and we do. But as you can see in the chart above, our revenues do not keep up with our expenses. For the ASA to continue the fight for OHV advocacy, financial support from the duning community is vital. If you are not yet a Supporting Member, please consider joining; it’s only $25 a year. If you have a business, whether you cater to the Sand Sports community or not, please become a Business Sponsor. We have several different levels available starting at only $125 a year. And as events come back and the ASA is able to head out to showcase our fundraising vehicles, please consider volunteering. We have a strong 20+ year history of success, and it’s up to you to help us fight for the next 20 years and beyond.


About the ASA Board

The American Sand Association's Board of Directors primary objective is to "UNITE, INFORM and MOBILIZE" the sand duning community to protect the right to ride.

  • President Bryan Henry

Board of Directors

  • Jim Bramham
  • Bob Ham
  • Kerry Griggs
  • Casey Cordeiro
  • Pat McArdle
  • Katrina Roalson
  • Dave Kuskie

Advisory Committee

  • Jerry Seaver
  • Bob Mason
  • Vincent Brunasso
  • Grant George

Secretary Nikki Daniels