National Committee and Task Force Functions and Applicant Qualifications

AAUW national committees and task forces are comprised of volunteer AAUW member leaders. Committees and task forces implement priorities set by the Board of Directors in accordance with AAUW Bylaws and relevant board-established policies.

Each standing committee mandated by the bylaws has at least three members appointed by the Board, one of whom is the chair. Other committees may be appointed by the Board of Directors. Task forces are charged with specific duties for finite periods of time may be appointed by the president with the approval of the executive committee.

Additional details about the membership, organization, and operations of committees and task force are available in section 105 of the AAUW Board Policy Book.


Standing Committees

Audit Committee Functions

The Audit Committee shall operate independently of the Board of Directors. It shall oversee the Corporation’s reporting practices, compliance, internal controls, and financial management and shall report to the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee shall recommend an independent auditor to the Board.

The Audit Committee shall, in consultation with the external auditor:

  1. Recommend to the Board plans for audit and analyze audit.
  2. Review interim and annual financial statements.
  3. Assure the Board the financial statements reflect the organization’s financial condition.
  4. Review the adequacy of the internal control structure.
  5. Assess risks.
  6. Review performance and staffing of Finance Department.
  7. Monitor compliance with laws, regulations, and conflict-of-interest policies.
  8. Establish whistle blower protections.
  9. The committee shall meet periodically via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means.
  10. The committee shall report in writing to the board at their regular meetings when appropriate.

Applicant Qualifications: All members of the Audit Committee shall have financial or budgetary experience; at least one member of the Audit Committee shall have financial expertise (e.g. appropriate degree or professional experience).


Finance Committee Functions

The Finance Committee is a standing committee that advises the Board on financial matters and investments of the organization, works closely with staff to oversee the budget, participates in budget planning, and recommends policies on financial matters. Review monthly and annual organization budget reports. Make recommendations to the Board on financial matters. Recommend financial policies for Board action. Respond to request from the Board for specialized advice and consultation. Work closely with staff to provide written reports to the board at their scheduled meetings, and as needed. Meet at least four times a year and more often as needed, via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means.

Applicant Qualifications: Applicants should have experience with financial management and oversight, budgets, financial planning, and the AAUW structure, preferably with experience as a state or branch finance officer.


Governance Committee Functions

The Governance Committee (AC73) is a standing committee that advises the board on the matters of organizational governance, including making policy recommendations to the board. The Governance Committee shall assist the board in planning; annual review of committee and task force needs; oversee the bylaws, policies, and working rules

  1. Identifies and develops recommendations to the board as requested on various issues of governance, including bylaws, policies and processes, conflicts of interest, organizational structure and strategic planning.
  2. Responds to requests from the board for specialized advice and consultation on governance matters.
  3. Works with state and branch leaders as requested by the board.
  4. Meets as needed via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means.

Applicant qualifications: All members of the Governance Committee shall have legal training, or experience with parliamentary procedure, or experience working with branch and/or state bylaws or bylaws of other nonprofit organizations.


Investment Committee Functions (formerly Advisers of the Fellowships Fund)

The Investment Committee establishes investment guidelines and policies and has oversight, along with the AAUW Board of Directors, over the investment policies, investment portfolio and investment activity of its portfolio managers. The Investment Committee will monitor the overall investment results, review compliance with investment objectives, guidelines and policies, and report the investment results to the Board of Directors on a quarter-end basis.

The appointed advisers shall have knowledge of the field of investments, overall financial knowledge, and knowledge of AAUW programs.

The Committee shall have the following goals and responsibilities with respect to AAUW’s investment transactions, management, policies and guidelines:

  1. review and approve on a quarterly basis any loan or investment made by or on behalf of AAUW;
  2. review and approve periodically policies and guidelines governing AAUW’s investment portfolio and monitor compliance with those policies;
  3. review and approve periodically any investment benchmarks or other measurement devices employed by AAUW to monitor the performance of its investment portfolio;
  4. monitor on an ongoing basis the performance of AAUW’s investment advisers and retain and terminate such advisers as it deems appropriate;
  5. establish guidelines and policies for the acceptance of gifts, bequests and devises to AAUW;
  6. recommend to the AAUW Board the retention and compensation of investment advisers.



Branch Program Resources Committee Functions

The Branch Program Resources Committee will identify and promote the use of available resources for branch projects, programs, and initiatives related to current research and policy priorities.

  1. Identify successful branch programs, projects, and initiatives that could be replicated in branches and states.
  2. Support the development of Program-in-a-Box materials that can be used as resources for branches.
  3. Promote the use of Member Showcase and other AAUW communications vehicles to inform branches about current potential programs, projects, and initiatives.
  4. Explore the development of a site/blog that members can use to talk to each other about new programming ideas.
  5. Work in conjunction with Leadership Corps to improve the quality of branch programming.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the Branch Program Resources Committee should be familiar with current programs and communication vehicles that support branches. Members who have served as state or branch program vice presidents and/or have experience with community organization programming are encouraged to apply.


College/University Committee Functions

The College/University Committee will assist staff, branches, and states in marketing and implementing the college/university partner member program.

  1. Collaborate with staff to market and implement the college/university partner member program.
  2. Work with the Leadership Corps to help states and branches develop mutually beneficial relationships with local colleges and universities.
  3. Collaborate with staff to develop C/U support for and participation in the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
  4. Serve as the Campus Action Project grants selection panel.
  5. Collaborate with staff as needed to address other issues regarding colleges and universities, their students, branch C/U relationships, and programs that serve the C/U communities.
  6. Meet periodically via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means when required.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the C/U Committee shall have served as state or branch C/U chairs, C/U representatives, and/or worked with college or university administrators.


Fundraising Committee Functions

The Fundraising Committee will collaborate with staff to maximize fundraising program development; help ensure effective member, branch, state and national fundraising communication; expand fundraising sources; and assist with donor stewardship.

  1. Donor Relations Subcommittee. This subcommittee will focus on creating and sustaining effective interaction with past board members, other leaders, and past major donors; engaging them in similar outreach with other key member constituencies; and developing effective e-recognition vehicles.
  2. Corporate Partnership Subcommittee. This subcommittee will focus on identifying key potential partners, assisting with outreach, and helping to strategize member marketing.
  3. Individual Gifts/Annual Giving Campaigns Subcommittee. This subcommittee will work with staff to assess potential effectiveness of various online and direct mail campaigns throughout the year, including their likely appeal and impact with members.

Applicant Qualifications: Members the Fundraising Committee will have experience in one or more of the subcommittee areas and have served on an AAUW state or branch fundraising committee or have comparable experience at another organization.


Legal Advocacy Fund Committee Functions

The Legal Advocacy Fund Committee will oversee the work of LAF and any LAF subcommittees.

  1. Review AAUW staff recommendations on each specific case, determine the suitability of the case for AAUW support, and determine the types and extent of financial or non financial support LAF should provide for each case and make such recommendations to the board.
  2. Serve as a panel to review Campus Outreach Program grants for board approval.
  3. Serve as a resource for state and branch LAF contacts.
  4. Provide counsel to staff as needed on travel grants for LAF plaintiffs to visit state meetings, stay informed about additions to the Online Resource Library, serve as counsel to staff on programmatic change and opportunities, and make recommendations for action to the board.
  5. The committee shall meet periodically via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means when required.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the LAF Committee shall have served as state or branch LAF officers and/or have some legal experience.


Membership Committee Functions

The Membership Committee will assist staff, branches, and states in marketing and implementing the programs of the Membership Department, providing creative assistance as needed.

  1. Assist staff by reviewing current membership recruitment, acquisition, orientation and retention policies, programs, and publications for their effectiveness and by making recommendations.
  2. Work with the Leadership Corps and the Membership Department to help with member, state, and branch membership issues, such as branch formation, disbandment, and revitalization.
  3. Encourage branch and state membership campaign participation by participating in calls, webinars, and other outreach to members.
  4. Meet periodically via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means when required.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the Membership Committee shall have served as state or branch membership vice president and/or represent a particular member demographic. Those with relevant membership experience in another organization may be considered as well.


Nominating Committee Functions

The Nominating Committee has a significant strategic role in AAUW’s future. Committee members are responsible for vetting candidates for election and appointment to the AAUW Board of Directors. These candidates must have the strong skills and experience necessary to qualify them to be national AAUW leaders and to make decisions that will advance AAUW’s mission and protect and grow the reputation, membership, and assets of the organization.

Recognizing that strategic thinking and leadership development are important components underscoring the Nominating Committee’s efforts, individuals submitting applications for appointment must affirm and substantiate in their responses the following:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to AAUW mission, vision, and value promise
  2. Understanding of AAUW’s purposes, program, policies, and strategic direction
  3. Understanding of the necessity to be/become informed about recent changes in AAUW bylaws, structure and governance, and policies
  4. Prior or current AAUW member leadership experience at the branch, state, or national level, including committee or task force participation
  5. Agreement to work within the relatively short timeframe for allotted for applicant assessment in order to meet the committee’s deadlines
  6. Willingness and commitment to use board-approved criteria to screen candidate applicants for suitability and qualifications for national board service
  7. Ability to network and communicate with AAUW members/leaders to acquire information for applicant assessment as needed
  8. Commitment to supplement applicant pool (if necessary) with proactive recruitment of potential applicants, including outreach to knowledgeable state and branch leaders
  9. Full Internet access with an e-mail address and commitment to monitor e-mail daily during the candidate screening period
  10. Commitment to work within the candidate assessment timelines and deadlines

For questions about the Nominating Committee, please e-mail Roberta Travis or call 202.785.7710.


Public Policy Committee Functions

The Public Policy Committee will assist staff in the development and implementation of the AAUW Public Policy Program.

  1. Revise and develop biennial Public Policy Program for approval by the Board of Directors and membership.
  2. Assist staff with implementation of Public Policy Program.
  3. Serve as panel for the selection of Public Policy Impact Grant recipients for Board approval.
  4. Encourage branch and state advocacy by participating in calls, webinars, and other outreach to members if needed.
  5. The committee shall meet periodically via conference calls, e-mails, or other electronic means when required.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the Public Policy Committee must have served as a branch or state public policy chair or have had other policy experience. Members will be selected from different geographical areas.


Social Media Committee Functions

The Social Media Committee will work with staff to examine social media opportunities for AAUW members and to work with staff to assess various ways members can be motivated and trained to utilize social media outlets effectively. It will also address policies on content management, developing the “blogger corps” and member-user blog site.

  1. Provide counsel to staff, outreach to members, and member feedback.
  2. Participate in social media interaction on a regular basis.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the Social Media Task Force will have an interest in social media, a willingness to learn and experiment with social media, and a good understanding of AAUW members’ needs, interests, and experience related to the application of social media as a strategy for AAUW growth and effectiveness.


Task Forces

The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Functions

The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force will make recommendations to the board with respect to the establishment of a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and/or program for AAUW. The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force shall

  1. Work with staff and volunteers to evaluate the current status of existing AAUW programs, initiatives, and efforts to achieve or broaden the organization’s diversity and inclusion. This will include but not be limited to a review of membership recruitment, member leadership training, publications, programs, outreach, branch and media relations, and social networking. At a minimum, the task force will also coordinate and interact with the Membership, Branch Program Resources, Social Media, and Public Policy Committees, as well as Member Leadership Programs. It will be particularly important for the task force to identify existing successful AAUW branch/state programs, investigate models from other like-minded organizations, consider collaboration with coalition partners, and consider incentives to encourage branches and states to increase broad-based diversity at their respective levels.
  2. The task force shall meet periodically via conference calls, e-mails, or other electronic means when required. The proposed timeline is a start date no later than June 30, 2013, with regular status updates scheduled for AAUW board meetings.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force should have served in a leadership role at the branch, state, or national level or in another organization. The goal is to identify and recruit members and supporters from communities and groups not currently well represented in AAUW. Task force members should be familiar with some aspect of public policy development, legal analysis of diversity and inclusion issues, or membership campaigns for nonprofit organizations. Highly desired would be experience in diversity training, public relations, or law and experience in launching successful diversity and/or inclusion programs, projects, or initiatives.

Members will be selected from different geographical areas.


STEM Task Force Functions

The STEM Task Force will inform and engage the board with respect to the growth of national, branch, and state STEM programs, as well as enhance communication about state and branch STEM programs with national level staff. Duration of this Task Force is a year, within that year the Task Force shall:

  1. Create strategy to form independent grant selection panels for Tech Trek and Tech Savvy programs.
  2. Formulate plan to implement national survey of STEM branch programs.
  3. Develop strategy to improve communication with branch and state STEM Officers/ Chairs with the following goals:
    • Create strategy to motivate AAUW members to report STEM activities regularly
    • Gather data about volume and nature of STEM programs at the local level
    • Identify gaps in service to AAUW members and potential resource creation
  4. Potentially create strategic recommendations for future national STEM program implementation.
  5. Have the opportunity to attend one or more Tech Trek or Tech Savvy programs at the expense of the national office.
  6. Meet periodically via conference calls, e-mail, or other electronic means when required.

Applicant Qualifications: Members of the STEM Task Force should have knowledge of some aspect of STEM issues or education and a passion for encouraging girls and women in STEM fields. Preferably have experience with STEM programs for girls and AAUW STEM gender research.
Members will be selected from different geographical areas.


Voting Engagement Task Force Functions

The Voting Engagement Task Force will review and offer recommendations for revision of the current policies and procedures for nominations, campaigning and elections at the national level, within the context of the One Member One Vote process. This task force will consider organizational best practices and the best interests of AAUW and its membership in proposing accessible, equitable timeline and procedures with guidelines for facilitating ethical, respectful conduct among candidates and members.

Applicant Qualifications: Task Force members should be familiar with some aspect of national AAUW nominations or elections process. Highly desired would be experience with the Nominating, Campaign Procedures or Governance Committees and/or state or branch leadership positions.



AAUW Bylaws

Governance history, policies, and procedures for managing the organization and conducting AAUW’s affairs.

National, State, and Branch Leadership Positions

Duties and responsibilities of national board members and other national, state, and branch leaders.

2013-2015 AAUW Board of Directors

Directory of leaders responsible for the governance of our 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.