Committees and Standing Committees

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AAUW committees and standing committees collaborate with AAUW staff to implement priorities set by the AAUW Board of Directors in accordance with AAUW Bylaws. AAUW national committees are comprised of volunteer AAUW member leaders.
Committee Member Responsibilities and Expectations

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


Standing Committees

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee, acting independently of the AAUW Board of Directors, oversees the organization’s reporting practices, compliance, internal controls, and financial management related to the annual financial statement audit. Work requirements include financials and audit report reviews, engagement with the Finance Committee, RFP development and auditor selection participation, and calls as required with AAUW staff and committee members. The committee 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 experience).

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 board on the administration of the financial matters of the organization. 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 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 governance policies of AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund; receive, review, and report to the AAUW Board of Directors all bylaw amendment proposals and resolutions; and review and make recommendations concerning governance structure, trends, and best practices.

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 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 board at the end of each quarter.

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


Special Committees

Branch Program Resources Committee

The Branch Program Resources Committee will work collaboratively with staff to promote the use of current AAUW resources to support affiliate 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 member and student associate 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.

Inclusion and Equity Committee

The Inclusion and Equity Committee will support AAUW affiliates in the implementation of diversity and inclusion efforts on the ground. The committee will also make recommendations to the board on ways that AAUW can continue to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts.

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 be cognizant of emerging national issues that affect women and girls as they work with the staff on reviewing and approving the six-month public policy priority levels on federal issues and on reviewing, researching, and curating proposed changes from members’ suggestions; develop, revise, and implement the biennial Public Policy Priorities; support member, branch, and state advocacy efforts; and review grants as appropriate.