Government advocacy is an essential part of PBA’s efforts to advance the beauty industry. But being at the policy-making table to fight for fair legislation is only possible through the support of our members and the entire industry. The PBA Issue Advocacy Fund was created to help fund advocacy and issue campaigns on legislative and regulatory matters important to the industry. The Fund supports the interests of its members, including manufacturers, distributors, salon spa owners, and licensed beauty professionals. Most recently, a new website was launched dedicated solely to the Fund and what it can do for members of the industry.

Professionals and beauty companies from across all industry sectors donated more than $14,000 to the Fund during PBA Beauty Week 2012!

The Issue Advocacy Fund website, found at probeauty.org/iaf, was launched this year. The site contains event photos, an extensive list of donors, as well as video testimonials from those who support the Fund. During PBA Beauty Week 2012 last month, professionals and beauty companies from across all industry sectors donated more than $14,000 to the Fund! Many of the donations came from students participating in PBA’s Beacon program.

“Beacon students were very interested in learning more about the Government Affairs program and the Issue Advocacy Fund,” said PBA Government Affairs Director Myra Irizarry. “As future professionals getting ready to enter the industry, they understand the need for good policy regarding licensing and fighting against deregulation across the country.”

The PBA Issue Advocacy Fund is generously supported by contributions from those who work within and are associated with the professional beauty industry. Donations to the Fund help ensure we retain the leadership and financial resources necessary to influence and participate in the public policy process at both the state and federal levels.

The PBA Issue Advocacy Fund accepts both personal and corporate contributions. PBA collects and administers these funds. Contributions to the Fund are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions or as business expenses because the contributions will be used for lobbying and other similar expenditures. To learn more and make your donation, please visit probeauty .org/iaf.