IGIA is honored to represent you in the legislative arena and with the officials that regulate us. During a normal year, IGIA staff, our lobbyist, and committee members work together on issues; supporting legislation that is consistent with our goals and watching out for actions that may have negative consequences on our industry. When COVID hit, certain segments of the industry were not considered "essential". Quick action, involving many calls and emails in March and April, helped turn around what could have otherwise been a disaster for our industry.
Over the last six months, many members have expressed satisfaction for the effort that IGIA put forth to help the officials that regulate us, to understand the essential nature of our industry. Now, we find it necessary to ask your help to support IGIA. Due to the lingering effects of COVID, we will be unable to host our annual fundraising event in January 2021. This event raises the funds IGIA needs to support having a full-time lobbyist on the team. We are askin you to consider a one-time contribution to support public policy efforts next year.
At present, the public policy fund has enough to sustain our efforts through April 2021. Historically, the association relies on the generosity of members who attend the annual Chuck Tosovsky Memorial Tribute Event to replenish the fund. Because of the pandemic, we will be unable to safely gather for the event. If we are unable to raise funds through alternative means, the board of directors will have to consider using IGIA operating funds to support the public policy fund beyond April 2021.
How did we get here?
Historically, IGIA has been dependent on events to fund operating expenses and raise monies for the public policy fund. With the pandemic bringing everything to a halt, a large portion of IGIA's annual revenue has also stopped. Thanks to the planning and foresight of past IGIA board leadership, IGIA has a reserve fund to assist with operating expenses, but the effects of a global pandemic the likes of COVID-19, is beyond reasonable financial planning. Therefore, we ask for your help.
How to Contribute
The board of directors suggests a contribution based on membership level. If every active member were to contribute the suggested amount, we would be able to replenish the fund. If you are unable to contribute that amount, that is understandable. But, would you consider contributing something?
IGIA is more than just public policy work. IGIA is the hub for education, relationship building, information sharing, business growth, and more. We value your membership and are honored to continue to serve you. If you have questions about this effort or another association-related topic, please contact IGIA Executive Director Kellie Schmidt (217.546.4733) or the IGIA Board of Directors - www.illinoisgreen.net/board-of-directors.