Call for Volunteers: SAA Foundation Board of Directors

Society of American Archivists President Danna C. Bell and SAA Foundation Board President Fynnette Eaton invite volunteers for service on the SAA Foundation Board of Directors.

The Society of American Archivists Foundation is the nation’s leading source of nonprofit funding dedicated solely to the interests of archives and archivists.  Its mission is, “To enrich the knowledge and enhance the contributions of current and future generations by championing efforts to preserve and make accessible evidence of human activity and records of enduring value.”  To that end, the Foundation funds public and professional education initiatives through programs and scholarships. Other activities include research, publications, and awards.

The SAA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purposes are exclusively charitable and educational.  The sole corporate member of the Foundation is the Society of American Archivists.  The Foundation Board comprises:  

  • Class A directors: The four individuals concurrently comprising the SAA executive committee, plus the immediate past president of SAA.
  • Class B directors: No fewer than six and no more than eleven individuals not concurrently serving as directors or officers of SAA.

Class B directors are elected by the SAA Council based on a slate developed by the SAA Foundation Board.  Class B directors serve staggered three-year terms, and may be reelected to an unlimited number of successive terms in office.

The Foundation Board of Directors conducts an annual face-to-face meeting in January (typically in Chicago) and communicates via electronic means throughout the year.  Officers are elected annually in January and serve for one year.  The Board is assisted in its work by Board-appointed Finance and Development committees; it may appoint other committees as it deems appropriate.  Board members are expected to participate actively in decision-making and actions directed to strengthening the Foundation’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

To read more about the Foundation and the Board:

If you’re interested in serving, include in an email message directed to your full name, title, institution, and relevant experience within SAA, archival institutions, and the profession, along with a brief statement of interest and qualifications (specifically related to your background/expertise or particular interest in association foundations, fundraising, or related areas).  Please use the following subject line:  SAA Foundation Board (Your Last Name). Deadline:  October 22, 2013.