The AALAS Foundation Board of Directors (AFBOD)

The AALAS Foundation supports educational outreach on the essential role of responsible laboratory animal care and use in science to advance human and animal health. The Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected/appointed by the AALAS Board of Trustees (the Association). Be sure to list your interest on the volunteer form

AFBOD Structure

The AFBOD is comprised of fourteen (14) members; twelve voting members, eleven of which are elected by the Board of Trustees of the Association (designated as at-large members), plus the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association, and two ex-officio members without a vote. 

Appointment to the AFBOD

Each year, three (3)  of the at-large AFBOD seats are open for election. Names of prospective candidates and their Curricula Vitae (or Resume) are publicly solicited and submitted to the AFBOD at their Mid-year Meeting. The selected candidates' information is then submitted to the Association Board of Trustees prior to their Annual National Meeting for approval to assume the positions at the close of the National Meeting.

Terms of Service

Terms are for three years, with the possibility of a second consecutive three-year term, and are staggered so that three (3) new at-large BOD members are selected each year. 

Travel and Costs

The AFBOD meets fact-to face at least twice a year for board meetings: in the summer, typically in June at the AALAS National Office; and at the AALAS National Meeting. Teleconferences and email are used extensively to accomplish the work of the AFBOD and its committees. 

AFBOD members are responsible for all costs related to travel or other AFBOD activities, as well as financially suport the Foundation direct financial or in-kind donations.

AFBOD Responsibilities

As the policy-making and legislative body of the AALAS Foundation, the AFBOD:

  • Makes informed decisions that set policies and directions of the Foundation, except as otherwise provided by the Bylaws.
  • Approves policies, directions and outcomes to be accomplished, consistent with the Foundation’s Mission, Goals and Objectives.
  • Ensures desired policies, directions, and outcomes are being achieved and holds delegated units (including AFBOD members) accountable.
  • Ensures necessary resources are available to accomplish outcomes.
  • Generates and approves outreach project proposals.
  • Reviews and approves amendments to the Bylaws and changes to the Policies & Procedures Manual.
  • Actively promotes the AALAS Foundation.