Standing Committees, Committees, and Task Forces

AAUW standing committees and committees collaborate with AAUW staff to implement priorities set by the Board of Directors in accordance with AAUW Bylaws. Task forces are charged with specific duties for finite periods of time and may be appointed by the president with the approval of the AAUW Executive Committee.

AAUW national committees and task forces are comprised of volunteer AAUW member leaders.

Committee/Task Force Member
Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Prepare prior to each committee/task force conference call by staying up-to-date with AAUW policies, resources, and materials relevant to the work of the committee/task force.
  • Plan to participate in all committee/task force calls and endeavors.
  • Accept and complete tasks identified by the committee/task force
  • Embrace opportunities for leadership development.
  • Collaborate — function well within a team, respect differing opinions but work toward consensus.
  • Be efficient and courteous in e-mail communications and conference call interactions.

There are opportunities on all of our committees and task forces. Which one is best suited for you? Where do your skills and passion fit?


Standing Committees

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee, acting independently of the AAUW Board of Directors, oversees the Corporation’s reporting practices, compliance, internal controls, and financial management related to the annual financial statement audit and shall report results to the AAUW Board of Directors.

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 (i.e., appropriate degree, professional experience, or similar volunteer expe

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall oversee the preparation of the annual budget for presentation to the AAUW Board of Directors and shall advise the AAUW Board of Directors on the administration of the financial matters of the Corporation. This committee will monitor the transfer of funds to and from long-term investment funds in relation to amounts budgeted for use in operations in accordance with the board-approved annual budget. Transfer of funds to and from the long-term investments will be reported to the board through the regular monthly communication of financial reports. In addition, the committee shall oversee the acquisition and disposition of AAUW property and on the investment of funds, with the exception of the AAUW long-term funds.

Qualifications: All members of the Finance Committee shall have financial, budgetary, and nonprofit organization, professional, or similar volunteer investment experience and be able to read and comprehend financial statements.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee shall oversee the bylaws and policies of AAUW, the AAUW Action Fund, and the One Member, One Vote process.

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

Investment Committee

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; recommend to the AAUW Board of Directors the employment of investment advisers; establish guidelines for gifts, bequests, and devises to AAUW; manage the long-term funds; and report the investment results to the AAUW Board of Directors on a quarter-end basis.

Qualifications: The appointed committee members shall have knowledge of the field of investments, overall financial knowledge, and knowledge of AAUW programs.



Branch Program Resources Committee

The Branch Program Resources Committee will work collaboratively with staff to promote the use of current AAUW resources to support branch and state mission-based programs within our communities.

College/University Committee

The College/University Committee will assist staff and AAUW affiliates in marketing and implementing the college/university partner member, student affiliate, and e-student affiliate programs.

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee will work in concert with staff to maximize the impact of strategic philanthropic development and donor stewardship to ensure the sustainability of AAUW’s programs.

Legal Advocacy Fund Committee

The Legal Advocacy Fund Committee will engage with staff in the strategic work and case support of the Legal Advocacy Fund to achieve educational and economic equity and civil rights for women and girls.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee will assist staff and AAUW affiliates in providing premier-quality member service and fostering a growing, global community of members, supporters, and advocates.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee will work with staff in the development and implementation of the biennial Public Policy Program and support of member, branch, and state advocacy efforts.


Task Forces

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

The task force will support AAUW states and branches in the implementation of diversity and inclusion efforts on the ground. The task force will also make recommendations to the board on ways that AAUW can continue to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts.

STEM Task Force

The STEM Task Force will support staff in identifying opportunities for optimizing the outcomes and measuring the impact of AAUW’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.

Strategic Communications Task Force

The Strategic Communications Task Force will assist staff in identifying grassroots strengths, challenges, and opportunities for AAUW’s multichannel communications to advance AAUW’s mission.