Warehouse Advocacy Fund


IWLA Warehouse Advocacy Fund

The IWLA Warehouse Advocacy Fund provides strategic funding for lawsuits, regulatory consortiums, complaint filings, industry research, and regulations and education to enable IWLA to influence and change public policy at the federal, state and local levels. The WAF is funded by corporate contributions, separate from member dues, and directed by the companies that contribute to the WAF. Basically, it backs up the IWLA Government Affairs program with funding to produce the resources needed to influence and change regulatory and congressional actions.

To learn how you can contribute to the IWLA Warehouse Advocacy Fund please contact IWLA or call 847.813.4699.

Why is the IWLA Warehouse Advocacy Fund important?

With your help in funding the Warehouse Advocacy Fund, our industry will cultivate more allies, build the reputation of the supply chain sector in the legislative and regulatory process, and promote regulatory rightness within our industry. We must push back with assertive and fact-based advocacy campaigns that will effectively counteract attacks and inform/educate policymakers.

How does the WAF differ from IWLA’s Government Affairs activities?

The IWLA Warehouse Advocacy Fund is funded by corporate contributions, separate from member dues, and directed by the companies that contribute to the fund. By comparison, IWLA’s government affairs program is funded by dues and directed by IWLA’s Government Affairs Council.

Is the Warehouse Advocacy Fund an IWLA member benefit?

The WAF is funded by members independent of normal annual dues. A fee schedule is based on the annual revenue a member derives from warehousing and related business. While all IWLA members will benefit from the success of the WAF, the WAF is governed by those companies that contribute to it.

How does the WAF direct funds?

The WAF is driven by five guiding objectives:

  1. Commission intellectually rigorous and credible studies from non-partisan Class I Research Academic Institutions that have a supply chain discipline.
  2. Leverage the research mentioned above with a public relations resource to deploy a communications campaign to the general media, Congressmen, regulators, and regulatory boards.
  3. Retain legal counsel to develop briefs in regulatory/legal proceedings as required where the industry’s legal protection is in question.
  4. Engage additional grassroots resources on an issue-by-issue basis to realize our goals.
  5. Develop special education programs to inform/update IWLA members.

WAF contributions:

  • Will be used directly and only for those activities voted on by the funding participants for new research and advocacy that benefit our industry.
  • Are directed by those who contribute at the Tier 1 level will approve funding priorities.

What are the contribution levels?

Your contribution is based on annual revenues. The following is the funding schedule for Tier 1, this year of the launch. The amount of work commissioned each year will ascertain the budget for the coming year and the levels of subscription.

Contact IWLA for more information, Tier levels, and involvement.