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That’s A Wrap!

By Wendy Perez Young, Manager of PAC and Compliance

Ty Cole, AIA of Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio in Birmingham, Alabama was the lucky winner of the ArchiPAC iPad Mini raffle at Grassroots.


ArchiPAC ended the AIA 2014 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington by raising over $54,000 from 277 individuals. ArchiPAC supporters included AIA members, and staff from the state components to the national office. Because of their support ArchiPAC has raised $202,081 and has 1,286 contributors for the two-year fundraising cycle which ends December 31.

ArchiPAC’s goal is to raise $400,000 and achieve a five percent participation rate from the AIA membership (4,021 individuals). Thank you everyone that made a donation to ArchiPAC at Grassroots and for helping to get us one step closer to our goals!

To encourage member involvement the Advocacy Network ArchiPAC Fundraising Committee, which is comprised of volunteers, created a variety of fundraising activities for the week. Here’s a wrap up on what happened at Grassroots:

Most Engaged Advocates

For the second year in a row the Fellows swept the Architects and Emerging Professionals in the Most Engaged Advocates Competition. The Fellows ended the conference with 58 percent of their registrants participating in ArchiPAC. Architects were second with 33-percent participation, and although the Emerging Professionals were close to knocking the Architects out of second place, they came out in third with a 29-percent participation rate. There’s always next year!

Top Regional Grassroots Fundraisers

Congratulations to the New York Region for leading every region in dollars raised and the Ohio Valley Region for the most donors recruited at Grassroots. Below are the top three regional Grassroots fundraisers by dollars raised and donors recruited. These totals include pledges from members that may not have completed their annual donation.

Dollars Raised

    1) New York Region - $8,243

    2) Florida & Caribbean Region - $4,830

    3) Ohio Valley Region - $4,773.32

Number of Donors Recruited

    1) Ohio Valley Region – 30

    2) Texas Region - 24

    3) New York Region - 21

You can view the rest of the rankings of the Top Regional Grassroots Fundraisers here.

Winner of iPad Mini Raffle

Members that gave $129 or more during the Grassroots Conference were automatically entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini. Congratulations Ty Cole, AIA of Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio of Birmingham, AL, who is the winner of this year’s Grassroots Leadership Conference ArchiPAC Raffle!


Nearly a third of ArchiPAC’s annual receipts come from the Grassroots Leadership Conference. The second highest receipt generating meeting comes from the AIA Annual Convention. Stay tuned for a preview of what to expect at this year’s 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago.

If you did not contribute to ArchiPAC during the Grassroots Conference it is not too late! We have an annual goal of raising $400,000 by December 31. Please help that effort by making a generous donation at

Under federal election law, all contributions must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contributions to ArchiPAC are not tax deductible. Federal law requires political committees to use best efforts to collect and report the name, address, employer and occupation of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Amounts are suggestions only. Contributions are strictly voluntary and do not affect AIA membership status. Corporate contributions are prohibited by federal law.

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