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Restaurant Advocacy Fund

Restaurant Advocacy Fund

The Restaurant Advocacy Fund helps advance the policy interests of the restaurant industry.

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We are a powerful economic force, yet legislators and special interest groups introduce dozens of bills and regulations each year that could hurt the ability of restaurants to stay open.


Our mission is to build a powerful promotion arm at both the national and state levels. Whatever the issue, we want the Restaurant Advocacy Fund positioned to win the legislative battle.

The Restaurant Advocacy Fund relies on contributions from those who work within and are associated with the restaurant industry. Donating to the Restaurant Advocacy Fund helps ensure we retain the leadership and financial resources necessary to influence the public policy process. With your financial support, we will be better equipped to meaningfully engage in strategies that benefit restaurateurs and advocate for positive change for our industry and the people we serve.


Created in 1996, Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE) raised and spent nearly $7 million to protect the restaurant industry from dozens of anti-restaurant proposals, such as wage and paid leave mandates. The funding helped elevate the industry’s position on issues of food safety, sodium reduction, menu labeling, and the Employee Free Choice Act.

Building on that success, the Restaurant Advocacy Fund was created in 2011 to help fund advocacy and issue campaigns on legislative and regulatory issues important to restaurants of all sizes and regions. The Restaurant Advocacy Fund supports restaurants’ interests in cooperation with the National Restaurant Association, state restaurant associations, independent and multi-unit restaurateurs and other partners.


Each time an interest group or a legislator proposes a new mandate or a new tax, there is the potential for restaurants to be hit hard. Restaurants must engage rapidly -- which is why the Restaurant Advocacy Fund exists. We provide education, expert resources and financial support to coalitions and partnerships at the national level. Working closely with state restaurant associations, funds help to ensure new laws and regulations are not enacted without input from the industry at the state and local level.


Our agenda covers a broad range of issues affecting restaurants, including labor, health care, union organizing, credit card interchange “swipe” fees, menu labeling, sodium restrictions, estate tax repeal, restaurant depreciation and immigration. With so many matters that are crucial to the survival of our industry, we need financial backing to make sure that we are being proactive and identifying ways to find solutions in a timely manner.

Help Protect America’s Restaurants – Donate to the Restaurant Advocacy Fund

The Restaurant Advocacy Fund accepts both personal and corporate contributions. The National Restaurant Association collects and administers the funds. The Restaurant Advocacy Fund serves as the restaurant industry’s primary fundraising platform, advocating proactively on current and emerging public affairs issues. 

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For more information on the mission and goals of the Restaurant Advocacy Fund, contact Caitlin Donahue.

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