The American College of Surgeons (ACS) holds a restrictive 501c(3) tax-exempt status that limits the range of services it can provide to and on behalf of its Fellows. Notably, the College's tax classification forbids participation in any kind of political activity. When the ACS Board of Governors in 2001 voted unanimously in favor of a College affiliate establishing a PAC, a new organization with the more flexible 501c(6) tax-exempt status had to be created. That affiliated corporation, ACSPA, can offer a broader range of activities and services of benefit to surgeons and their patients, including an expanded legislative action program that features a PAC.
This new corporation allows the College to continue the standard-setting and educational activities that have always been at the heart of its mission. ACSPA also expands opportunities to provide more direct benefits to surgeons and their patients. In addition to political activities, ACSPA's structure could allow it to create new educational and credentialing programs, provide management services to other associations, market new insurance and investment products, and more. For the present, however, ACSPA will house only the expanded legislative action program.
Surgeons hold a single and seamless membership in both the College and in ACSPA.
A Word about Membership Dues
Check or credit card payments should be made to the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA). ACSPA will provide funds to the ACS to support its ongoing scientific and educational activities. A small portion of dues receipts will be retained by ACSPA to finance the legislative support program.
No dues dollars will be spent on political activities. All political activities will be financed through voluntary, personal contributions made directly to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC.
A small portion of each ACSPA member's annual dues will no longer be deductible from federal income taxes as a business expense. The exact dollar amount (somewhere in the range of 3 to 5 percent of dues) will be listed on the back of your dues statement.
Questions about membership and the annual dues statements should be referred to the Division of Member Services at 1-800-621-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active U.S. dues-paying members and their spouses (not children) may participate in ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC.