Advocacy is a Part of the Alliance’s Shared Values…
“The Alliance values collaboration with industry, policymakers, and non-profit community service organizations: Whenever possible, the Alliance seeks to work with organizations representing the financial services industry, state and federal policymakers, and non-profit community service organizations to achieve common goals.”
But “All Politics Are Local” So We Need You and Your Members To Get Involved
Grassroots advocacy requires a strong commitment from your members and chapter leaders. Members of Congress or State Legislators respond best to their local constituents. So, while the Alliance can do a great job of stressing the important role that fraternals play in providing financial stability for families, we also need the support from individual members.
Fraternals in Action…
The American Fraternal Alliance, the national trade association representing 59 fraternal benefit societies in the U.S. and Canada, announced that as of March 1, 2018 its member societies have contributed $15,334,387 to relief efforts from recent hurricanes, wildfires and the Mexican earthquake. In addition, fraternal benefit societies donated more than $2,000,000 worth of food and supplies for disaster relief efforts in affected areas.
Meaningful Fraternal Service = Fraternal Tax Exemption
The American Fraternal Alliance has prepared this presentation for use by members to show how and why the current 501(c)(8) tax exemption of the Internal Revenue Code is so vitally important to communities across America. We also show you what you can do to get involved and share the message of the impact that fraternals have on our communities.
Grassroots advocacy is a form of advocacy which originates among individuals concerned about a specific issue. The goal of effective grassroots advocacy is to interact with elected officials and their staff members in the process of attempting to educate and inform elected officials about as cause.
Interaction between any elected official and his or her constituents is a crucial part of the democratic process. Hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents is of the utmost importance to elected officials, as constituents are the ones who decide whether or not they remain in office. Email is usually the easiest and fastest way to communicate with your elected official, but you can also communicate by sending letters in the mail, or calling their office.
There are several ways to effectively communicate with your member of Congress. The easiest is by e-mail.
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Contact Your U.S. Representative – There is no central listing of member office public e-mail addresses. Each member of Congress establishes their office’s policy related to the processing and management of e-mail. Generally, if a member has a public e-mail address, it can be found on the member’s website. The office may list a public e-mail address or provide a form directly on the member’s website. The U.S. House of Representatives does not provide a listing of public e-mail addresses for the elected Representatives.
House Concurrent Resolution 10 (H. Con. Res. 10) and Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 (S. Con. Res. 7) are the Alliance-sponsored federal resolutions that reaffirm the value of the fraternal business model. Currently, H. Con. Res. 10 has a total of 69 co-sponsors, and S. Con. Res. 7 has a total of 15 cosponsors. The Alliance goal for 2018 is 100 co-sponsors. In the coming weeks the Alliance will start providing information to all member-societies about the role they and their members can play in our ongoing campaign for 2018.