Your Investment – Southwest Alaska’s Economy and Communities
If you live, work, or do business in Southwest Alaska, a SWAMC membership is an investment in a strong economy and sustainable communities in the region. Please join us as we work to create new economic opportunities and improve the quality of life in Southwest Alaska.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit membership-based organization, SWAMC’s foundation of local contributions and support comes from Municipal Members such as boroughs and cities. Associate Members, comprised of for-profit businesses, tribal governments, and other regional organizations, strengthen and broaden SWAMC’s role as a public-private partnership.
Municipal Members invest in regional economic development and advocacy through an assessment based on population. Associate Members’ investment is based on gross earnings or budget. For a complete membership investment schedule, please see the membership application form.
According to the IRS, “Contributions to civic leagues or other section 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business.”
The primary reason to invest in SWAMC is to express your interest, commitment and support to ensure a vibrant, sustainable economy and strong, healthy communities in Southwest Alaska. SWAMC’s municipal and associate members vote on a variety of governance, advocacy, and program issues at regular membership meetings. Members use SWAMC as a forum for sharing information on issues critical to the region. SWAMC members also receive the following ongoing benefits: