More than any other product, service, or benefit, Alliance members count on their trade association to provide them with state-of-the-art political advocacy to make certain that public policymakers at the state and federal level know who fraternals are and what fraternals do as financial services providers and community volunteer facilitators. The Alliance’s professional staff devotes much of its time, energy and effort to advocacy initiatives. And those efforts are supplemented by retained advocacy counsel at the state and federal level.
But there are no better advocates for the fraternal system than the executives of Alliance member societies. And that simple fact was demonstrated on Tuesday, April 21, when more than 70 fraternal leaders took Capitol Hill by storm. In just four hours, eighteen delegations of Alliance executives met with more than 60 Members of Congress and their staff to tell the fraternal story and demonstrate first-hand the value and viability of the tax exemption that allows us to accomplish our unique financial and social missions.
This was the Alliance’s third “Day on the Hill” event in the past six years, and the results exceeded even our high expectations. Members of Congress have a much better understanding of the impact fraternals have in their own backyards and nationally, and a clear recognition that our tax exempt status delivers a big bang for the buck. By going to the Hill every two years, we’re turning skeptics into supporters and supporters into champions – which will serve Alliance members and the millions of individuals who rely on them well for years to come.
I’ll have more to share with you about the “Day on the Hill” and the Alliance’s Executive Summit meeting in next week’s blog post. But for now, here are a few photos that show some of the Alliance’s advocacy rock stars in action…