2013 NMA Legislative Fundraiser
Donations to the 2013 NMA Legislative Fundraiser will be applied to the organization's new Community Support Program. The CSP is designed to:
Apply NMA financial resources to local or regional projects that protect or further enhance the rights of drivers through the reform of traffic laws and public policy.
Extend the presence of the NMA to a wider array of communities by educating motorists and encouraging them to get actively involved with issues that hit home.
The type of projects that fall under the CSP umbrella include organizing local support for a petition or ballot initiative, bringing in an expert witness for testimony before a city council or legislative committee, staging a regional meeting of NMA member (and potential members) to build a stronger state coalition for motorists, and printing flyers and paying for public service announcements in support of (or opposition to, as the case may be) an issue of importance to area motorists.
The goal of this Legislative campaign is to raise $50,000 by July 31, 2013 in order to fund the launch of the CSP. That will take a very generous and aggressive effort by many in order to meet or beat that target. Last year, the average gift size among the NMA's 400 Legislative donors was $68. As the math indicates, the 2012 results were about half of the 2013 goal. We have our work cut out for us!
It is essential that we expand the donor base and increase the average campaign donation in 2013. To the former point, the minimun donation size to be eligible for an automatic sweepstakes entry has been lowered from $40 to only $20. ($20 will earn the donor one sweepstakes entry, $40 will earn two entries, $80 will earn four entries, and so on.) Regarding the need to increase the average gift size, please consider contributing $75, $100, or more to the 2013 NMA Legislative Fundraiser Campaign. Doing so will help tremendously toward a successful launch of the NMA's new Community Support Program.
$50,000 or more in CSP funding will allow the NMA to offer five $2,000 CSP grants between August and December of this year as well as start the 2014 Community Support Program with resources to fund 10 to 15 grants of that size or larger. CSP grant applications will be accepted after the July 31, 2013 conclusion of the current campaign.
This no-frills campaign does include a sweepstakes contest, one that is unlike any other conducted by the NMA in previous years. Each incremental $20 donation amount between now and July 31, 2013 will earn the donor an automatic entry into the sweepstakes.
Shortly after July 31st, five sweepstakes entries will be randomly drawn from all the entries. A $1,000 CSP grant, in addition the to five $2,000 grants noted above, will be awarded to the home state of the person on each of the winning entries. The sweepstakes winners will play a key role in providing their states with funding to help motorists' causes.
Please donate generously and help the NMA kick off the Community Support Program in style. Your gifting options are:
Donate online: Click on one of the prominent red buttons on this page
Donate by phone: Call the NMA toll-free at 800-882-2785
Donate by mail: Make your check out to "NMA" or "National Motorists Association" and send to NMA, 402 W. 2nd St., Waunakee, WI 53597
The National Motorists Association
A driver advocacy organization that promotes:
- Traffic laws fairly written and reasonably enforced
- Full due process rights for motorists --- in the courts, on the streets, and in their vehicles
- Traffic penalties based on sensible standards that differentiate between responsible behavior and demonstrated unsafe behavior
- Reasonable highway user fees assessed for maintaining and improving highway infrastructure, not for wasteful overhead or unrelated projects
- Traffic safety produced by sound engineering solutions, not by arbitrary measures (such as speed traps or red-light cameras) designed to generate profits
- Driver education emphasizing early advanced driving-skill development, both on-road and in controlled learning environments