[Nfbnet-members-list] message to all about PAC
dandrews at visi.com
Thu Jun 28 23:08:29 UTC 2018
>Greetings, I write you today to see if you are PAC ing for
>convnention. No, I don't mean tucking away your dresses, suits,
>bathing suits, undergarments, and the like. I am talking about
>assisting the National Federation of the Blind to help us live the
>lives we want.
>It is no secret that any social movement needs funding to help turn
>dreams into reality and ours is no different. The Pre-authorized
>Contribution Plan (PAC) is a critical fund raising vehicle for
>us. Over the years, it has brought in tens of millions of dollars
>for the NFB. Every single one of our members can help in this regard.
>Many of you are already PAC members and thank you for your
>continuing support, but many of you aren't.
>How does it work? Well, you authorize a monthly contribution from a
>financial account, and the Federation receives that money into our
>national treasury. You can have the contribution come from your
>savings account, checking account, debit card, or credit card. The
>minimum donation is $5 a month and there is no maximum level.
>What do we need from you? Well, we will need the account
>information. For savings accounts and checking accounts, we need
>the account number and your bank's routing number. We can most
>easily get this off a blank check or the appropriate withdrawl slip
>from the savings account. Please note that the savings account must
>permit external withdrawls. As for the debit and credit cards, we
>need exactly what you'd expect: account number, expiration date,
>etc. Lastly, we will need your signature on a form authorizing the
>How are PAC contributions spent? The money goes directly into our
>general account which means it helps with everything from legal
>advocacy, public education, scholarships, BELL programs, and the
>like. There are many activities we would not be able to engage
>without PAC funding. Currently, we bring in about $475,000.00 a
>year on the PAC Plan.
>At convention this year, we have one intermediate goal and one huge
>goal. I am confident that through new PAC pledges and increased
>pledges, we can get to 500,000 dollars a year on the PAC
>Plan. However, the huge goal is to get 75,000 dollars in increased
>and new pledges which would put us at approximately $550,000 a year on PAC.
>We will be running our usual array of contests at convention. All
>new pledges will go into a money drawing which will be awarded at
>the banquet. The same is true for all those increasing their
>pledge. I will have to negotiate with the President about the
>amount of these drawings, but they should be at least $200
>each. However, I suspect that if we can reach our huge goal, the
>drawings might just be for $500 each. We'll just have to see how we do.
>For the state affiliate that generates the most activity, either new
>or increased pledges, that affiliate will receive the PAC Rat. For
>the division which generates the most business, it will receive the
>PAC Muel. For the state affiliate which has the largest percentage
>increase in terms of a monthly contribution level, they shall
>receive the PACHYDERM.
>There will be other surprises and contests we run at
>convention. The PAC table will be open during General Sessions,
>July 6 through 8, at the back of the Convention hall. Stay tuned
>Help us build the Federation through the PAC plan. Now, I hope you
>are all PAC-ed and ready for convention.
> Pacfully yours,
><mailto:slabarre at labarrelaw.com>slabarre at labarrelaw.com
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