Financial Obligations – Letter to Membership

Dear JLA Members,

As we reach the end of another memorable year, the Board of Directors acknowledges that the last year has upended nearly every facet of our lives. We would like to commend our members for their tenacity and dedication to fulfilling JLA’s mission to improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Each of our committees creatively adapted their plans to provide opportunities for members to give back, learn, and connect in the virtual environment.

We know that while everyone is weathering some facet of the same storm, we are all impacted in varying capacities.  As we are nearing the end of the league year, if you are facing a hardship that prevents you from meeting your financial obligations (dues payments and/or financial point requirements), please contact our treasurer at Arrangements can be made to support you during this time and all conversations will be held in the strictest of confidence. Please know we are here for you and want every member with the desire to continue their membership to have the opportunity to do so.

To allow for members to make arrangements, the dues deadline will be extended to Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Driven by the voice of our membership, as collected through the Covid-19 response survey, and stated in the September 2020 JLA Pandemic Response (emailed to members 9/24/20), JLA’s fundraising efforts for FY21 would focus primarily on building support for the Annual Campaign. To incentivize this no-overhead fundraiser, the Finance Council has proposed a change to increase the dollar per point return on gifts to the annual campaign from 1 point per $1 donated to 1.25 points per $1 donated. For example, a $100 donation would receive 125 financial points.  If the membership approves this change, it will be retroactive for all gifts made since June 1, 2020.

Thank you for everything you do to help JLA, but more importantly – each other, as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Calandra Layne
JLA President 2020-2021