The FDA breaks down your statement into individual sections. They are:
American Dental Association
This item represents your ADA membership (the national level).
Florida Dental Association
This represents your FDA membership (the state level).
District Dental Association
This item represents your local dental association membership. There are six district associations in Florida. Remember, membership is three-tiered. That means you belong to your local dental association, the Florida Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
FDA Foundation Emerald Club
The FDA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Florida Dental Association, promoting dental health for all Floridians. Your annual $125 contribution to the Emerald Club is tax deductible and supports charitable programs that improve oral health like the Florida Mission of Mercy, Project: Dentists Care and Donated Dental Services.
ADPAC Basic Membership
This optional payment is used to fund the ADA's Political Action Committee, which helps support the ADA's legislative program. These contributions are used to support pro-dental candidates for the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate.
FDAPAC Century Club
Members of the Century Club provide additional financial support of $150 or more for state campaigns. FDAPAC dues and contributions are not deductible for federal income-tax purposes. Florida law requires political committees to collect the name, mailing address, occupation and employer's name for each individual's contributions, for the FDAPAC Century Club for reporting to the Florida Election Commission. This optional payment is used to fund the FDA's Political Action Committee, and is critical to the FDA and the success of our legislative programs in the state Legislature. Contributions to the FDAPAC help maintain your voice in the Legislature. Without a strong FDAPAC in Tallahassee, legislative decisions that affect your dental practice will be made without organized dentistry's influence.
Alliance of the FDA
The FDA's organization for members' spouses — members are advocates for professional dentistry and oral health. They participate in legislative and educational programs and fundraising activities. Committed to supporting the FDA, they participate in many activities: brochures for the public and schools; sponsoring FDA Dentists' Day on the Hill and the New Dentists Reception at the Florida Dental Convention; and more.
FDAPAC Political Campaign Support
A portion of your FDA dues is transferred to the FDA Political Action Committee. This mandatory item is collected by the FDA and remitted in total to the FDAPAC. Political campaign support through the FDAPAC is important and ensures that dentistry's collective voice is heard. However, if you prefer, you can request the money be retained by the FDA for other membership programs and services instead of being forwarded to the PAC — simply check the appropriate box on the upper-left, back side of your dues statement.