We have reached our goal of getting 100 cosponsors!! 

Many thanks to everyone who participated by sending a letter to their U.S. Representative. Even though we have reached our goal, you can still participate if you would like.

Welcome to the American Fraternal Alliance’s policy and advocacy homepage – your resource for information about the state and federal issues facing fraternal benefit societies. The American Fraternal Alliance is dedicated to preserving and protecting the tax-exempt status of fraternals and ensuring that your society is able to continue serving communities across the nation.

We need your help in informing our federal and state legislators about the community services that fraternal benefit societies provide all across the country, in towns big and small! Here’s one of the pieces of legislation we need your help on.

House Congressional Resolution  19

The American Fraternal Alliance is supporting a Congressional Resolution that reaffirms the value and validity of the fraternal business model. The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of the many contributions Alliance member societies make to the financial well-being of their members, as well as the quality of life within the communities in which those members live and work.

House Congressional Resolution 19,  the "Fraternal Resolution" introduced in February 2015, is sponsored by Rep. Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Paulsen (R-MN). Our objective is to recruit 100 co-sponsors for the Resolution among members of the U.S. House of Representatives in advance of any significant debate on reform of the U.S. Tax Code. 

As of July 13, 2016, the Alliance has secured a total of  102 co-sponsors. Thanks to your efforts, and the response from members, the Alliance has met our goal of securing 100 cosponsors. Please feel free to continue to contact your Congressman by registering on this site and asking for their support of House Congressional Resolution 19 if they are not currently a co-sponsor. If they are one of the 100 co-sponsors of this bill, you can send them a letter thanking them for their support.

Click here for the text of House Congressional Resolution 19»

Who Are The Current Co-sponsors of H. Con. Res. 19?»

I am contacting you as [#IUDF5 - 2016 Designation#] of [#IUDF4 - 2016 Society#] and as a constituent. [#IUDF4 - 2016 Society#] has been proud to have a strong presence in Alaska for many years. There are over 9,000 fraternal members in your state, and in 2014 these members provided over $1 million in charitable contributions through fraternal activities and contributed over 228,000 volunteer hours. Across the country in 2014 fraternal members provided over $577 million in charitable giving and contributed over 106 million volunteer hours -- in one year alone.

[#IUDF4 - 2016 Society#] is a not-for-profit membership organization that provides insurance and financial services benefits to our members, helps fund community service initiatives important to our members, and coordinates member volunteerism activities. Along with 65 other fraternal benefit societies that are members of the American Fraternal Alliance, we make up one of North America's largest volunteer networks and have been protecting members and enhancing the quality of life in the U.S. and Canada for over 100 years.

Fraternals help communities in many ways. Our insurance products help members secure their financial futures and the proceeds from our financial services business fund a variety of member benefits -- from college scholarships to financial literacy programs -- and community service programs. Our volunteer efforts help fill the gaps in government programs by stocking food pantries, meeting medical needs, building playgrounds, and providing disaster relief, just to name a few.

Between 2005 and 2014, member societies of the American Fraternal Alliance reported hosting over 5 million community service activities, which contributed more than 86 million hours of volunteer service to their communities and provided over 7 million members with financial protection through their financial products. These efforts provided much needed support to individuals and service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Children's Miracle Network, and hundreds of local groups dedicated to serving the less fortunate across the country.

On behalf of [#IUDF4 - 2016 Society#] and the American Fraternal Alliance, I am requesting that you co-sponsor the bipartisan Sense of Congress Resolution Promoting American Fraternalism, H.Con.Res. 19, introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) with his colleague Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) recognizing the important work that fraternal benefit societies do in communities around the country.

Thank you for your consideration of this important Resolution and for your continued support of the fraternal business model.

Act Now!

Send a letter to Congress today urging support for this important issue! Simply review and edit your letter, fill out the privacy-protected registration form below, and then click the Take Action button to send this letter to your member of Congress.