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Whatever happened to St. Baldrick’s Day?

March 11, 2019

I’ve had more than a few members ask me why I haven’t asked them to contribute to my St. Baldrick’s fundraising campaign. I’m sure most just want to see me part ways with my rapidly graying hair, while others sincerely wanted to continue to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s noble cause of curing childhood cancer https://www.stbaldricks.org.

I’m taking a one-year hiatus from St. Baldrick’s Day fundraising this year for the simple reason that I will soon be asking the CEOs of Alliance member societies to make a personal contribution to the brand-new Alliance Political Action Committee (PAC), and to ask their eligible employees to participate in the PAC, as well. And I’m just not bold enough to ask you to support two critically important causes within the same month.

I’ll be joined in that fundraising effort by the members of the Alliance PAC Board. We’ve set what we believe to be ambitious but attainable goals for contributions from eligible employees of each society based on asset class and we’re determined to reach them.

The Alliance PAC is the latest arrow in our advocacy quiver. PAC contributions to legislators and candidates who believe in the fraternal system, combined with strong grassroots connections between lawmakers and society representatives at the local level, and effective lobbying strategy on Capitol Hill, will allow the Alliance to promote the value of the fraternal business model and the tax exemption that allows it to exist to Members of Congress for generations to come.

And that’s our objective – to build relationships with legislators that are as durable and long-lasting as the fraternal community itself.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about the Alliance PAC in the coming weeks and months. I hope you will join me and your fraternal community colleagues in our effort to build our PAC and enhance the fraternal brand among federal policymakers.