State Fund Chair Position Description

The state fund chair oversees efforts to maximize the impact of strategic philanthropic development and donor stewardship to ensure sustainability of AAUW’s programs.

Responsibilities of Each Member of the State Board

  • Align strategic direction of AAUW entities in your state with each other and AAUW national
  • Identify and connect branches with resources, opportunities, and training that will empower branches to meet their goals most effectively
  • Create and maintain structures that facilitate interbranch and branch-to-state communication and collaboration

Specific Responsibilities of the State Fund Chair

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Be knowledgeable of the AAUW national fundraising and scholarship policies (AAUW Policies 501, 502, and 600) and their impact on AAUW affiliates
  • Ensure the state complies with AAUW national fundraising policies and IRS regulations and submits state donations in a timely manner
  • Honoring donor intent, inspire members to underwrite AAUW and its programs through (preferably undesignated) gifts
  • Participate in fundraising trainings such as AAUW webinars, AAUW workshops, or opportunities provided by other professional outlets
  • Work with other state officers and committees to integrate fundraising with state priorities
  • Celebrate successful fundraising and its impact through recognition at state conferences and in state publications
  • Distribute confidential AAUW quarterly donation reports to each branch in a timely manner; report discrepancies noted by the branches
  • Share successful fundraising ideas with the AAUW Fundraising Committee

Responsibilities to Branches in Your State

  • Maintain contact with branch fund chairs and support their fundraising development efforts through regular communication, motivation, technical assistance, and fundraising training at state and regional conferences
  • Encourage dialogue about policy compliance in fundraising efforts and disbursements

Responsibilities to AAUW

Leadership Skills Helpful to the Position

Experience in planning and goal setting, communications, marketing, team building, consensus building, formal or informal fundraising, and leadership development is helpful to the position.

Time Commitments

Approximate time required for this position is 10–15 hours per month. Attendance at state board meetings and conventions is required. Attendance at the AAUW National Convention is strongly encouraged.


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