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Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

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Who is LeadingAge Ohio?

LeadingAge Ohio is the state’s largest association of organizations serving older adults. LeadingAge Ohio members serve older adults in the places they call home from home and community-based services, senior housing and assisted living communities to skilled nursing facilities. LeadingAge Ohio works to shape the future of aging services and ensure older adults live with dignity, meaning and purpose. One way to accomplish this goal is working with lawmakers at the state level.

What is LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC?

The LeadingAge Ohio's Political Action Committee (PAC) supports lawmakers dedicated to preserving a high quality of life for Ohio seniors and supporting services and caregivers to meet the evolving needs of our state’s aging population. LeadingAge Ohio's PAC does not distinguish its support on the basis of political party.

Why Donate to LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC?

There are three ways to advocate on behalf of seniors, caregivers and older adult services at the state level: direct lobbying, grassroots and donations. LeadingAge Ohio has a team of lobbyists that meet directly with lawmakers to help shape public policy affecting older adults and those who provide them with care. Additionally, LeadingAge Ohio has a grassroots network that allows citizens to easily connect with their lawmakers about the need to take care of older adults and support those who provide them with quality care. Finally, through donations, LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC is able to directly impact the political atmosphere at the State Capitol and give a strong voice to issues that serve the needs of Ohio’s growing senior population. It takes all three ways to be successful at the Capitol.

How does LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC Make Decisions?

LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of its members from around the state who serve older adults in a variety of settings. Contributions and endorsements are determined based on a lawmaker’s position on issues that are critical to ensuring safe and quality care from experienced caregivers that seniors deserve and their families expect.

How is LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC Funded?

LeadingAge Ohio’s PAC is supported solely by individual voluntary contributions. Political Action Committees cannot accept contributions from corporations nor can membership dues be used to support its activities. Contributions may come in the form of cash, personal checks, money orders or online donations. Contributions are not tax deductible.

***All contributions are completely voluntary.  You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Any proposed contribution amounts are merely suggestions; you may choose to contribute more or less or not at all. LeadingAge Ohio PAC will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount contributed or the decision not to contribute. All materials prepared and paid for by LeadingAge OH PAC.

Political Action Committee Fundraising Important Rules 

  • Political Action Committees are prohibited by state law from accepting contributions from corporations. As a result, all contributions must come from individuals, not corporations.  

  • Contributions to Political Action Committees can come in the form of personal checks, money orders, cashier’s checks and credit cards. 
  • There is no maximum limit on individual contributions to a Political Action Committee. Contributions over $200 must include the individual’s full name, address, employer, amount donated and the date the contribution was received. 
  • Anonymous donations may not exceed $20.00. Any individual contribution exceeding $20.00 must be recorded with the individual’s full name, address, amount donated and the date the contribution was received. 
  • Political Action Committee contributions are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. 
  • Political Action Committee contributions ARE NOT tax deductible. 
  • Corporations cannot donate food for a potluck or bake sale. Food and other items must be from individual contributions.  If the value of these items exceeds $20.00, the donor’s name, address, value of item and date contributed must be recorded. 


Questions about the LeadingAge Ohio PAC?

Contact Kathryn Brod, President/CEO, at or call 614-545-9014.





Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.