Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Donating for a Cause: The Advocacy Fund - Protect your Soapmaking Business

For those of you who may not be familiar with the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild’s (HSMG): It is an established and functioning non-profit trade association whose mission is to promote the handcrafted soap industry; to act as a center of communication among soapmakers, and to circulate information beneficial to soapmakers.

In the past three years there have been many threatening legislative proposals. The three most recent pieces of federal legislation have been the FDA Globalization Act 2009 (HR 759), Safe Baby Act 2009 (S 925) and The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (HR 5786 – still pending).

Legislative Advocacy Committee

The HSMG Board of Directors has decided that the time has come to strengthen thier policy positions and take an even more pro-active stance in advocating for the handcrafted soap industry, especially since a large portion of the industry makes soap that falls under cosmetic regulations.

To this end, a Legislative Advocacy Committee has been formed and the Board has approved the official Legislative Advocacy Statement, including a clear delineation of advocacy policy and positions. HSMG is now in an active search for a suitable professional advocate (lobbyist) to work on our behalf in Washington.

Advocacy Fund

As the HSMG is supported solely by membership dues, they have established an Advocacy Fund and are seeking donations from both members and non-members to defray the costs associated with hiring a professional advocate and related expenses. All monies donated to the Advocacy Fund will be used solely and only for advocacy related activities.

GoPlanetEarth hopes that HSMG members, non-members, companies and consumers interested in preserving the industry will show their support by making donations. All monies collected will specifically fund the hiring of a professional advocate and related expenses. Make a donation today!

GoPlanetEarth has donated to this fund and we hope you will too! No matter the amount, when the funds are all pooled, it adds up. Here is where you can send your donation:

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