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AuSM Board of Directors Overview (9/20/21)

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

Members of the AuSM Board of Directors act on behalf of AuSM's constituents, including the autism community, our members, donors and partners. The basic responsibilities of AuSM’s Board of Directors include:

  • Determine AuSM’s mission, goals and strategic plan.

  • Support and evaluate AuSM’s executive director.

  • Ensure effective organizational planning, budgeting and financial controls.

  • Ensure all AuSM programs are effective and consistent with its mission.

  • Secure adequate financial resources for the organization.

  • Articulate AuSM’s goals and accomplishments to gain support from the community.

  • Collaborate with board and staff to accomplish consensus and confidence in


  • Define criteria for recruitment of new board members.

  • Be open to self-evaluation and board development to ensure community


  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws, including filing required federal and

    state charitable organization tax documents.

  • Ensure compliance with policies and regulations related to non-profit fundraising,

    including the terms of restricted donations.

  • Record minutes of board and annual meetings.

    Individual Board Member Expectations

    Individual AuSM Board of Directors members are expected to:

  • Serve a 3-year term, with the choice to serve a second 3-year term.

  • Attend monthly board meetings and periodic committee meetings.

  • Attend and participate in AuSM events and fundraisers.

  • Stay informed about AuSM’s services, programs and policies.

  • Be prepared for meetings and ready to share insights, opinions and any concerns.

  • Serve on committees, work groups and take on any special assignments. Board

    standing committees include: executive, finance, development, strategy, advocacy

    and community building.

  • Participate in regular reviews of financial statements in support of board fiduciary


  • Personally support fundraising and make a financial contribution.

  • Keep up-to-date on developments in autism and needs of the autism community.

  • Work collaboratively with staff, working through the Executive Director.

  • Represent AuSM to reach new communities, partners and donors.

    Who is AuSM looking for to serve on its Board of Directors?

    AuSM prides itself on having active, engaged board members. AuSM strives to amplify the voices of all community members we serve. We aim to do this by building a diverse board with broad expertise to move us forward and achieve our mission.

  • New voices and diverse perspectives, particularly representing BIPOC, LGBTQIA and neuro-divergent communities.

  • Specific experiences/expertise in certain areas, for example: medical, mental health, communications, services, advocacy, education, social justice and disability justice.

  • Development expertise and "networkers" who can build connections and represent AuSM to new stakeholders, corporations, donors and communities.

  • Experienced leaders/managers with business, financial, HR and non-profit management knowledge to support staff in improving our operations.

  • People with a commitment to our mission and community, passionate, engaged and willing to participate in events to support AuSM.

    Click on this link to take our AuSM Board of Directors interest survey:

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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. AuSM serves Minnesotans, throughout their lives, with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building. We seek to: Advocate for legislation and policies that lead to improved services, increased opportunities, and greater self-determination for people with autism. Educate and inform individuals, families, professionals, and the broader community about autism and effective strategies for support and inclusion. Support individuals and families through quality programs, counseling services, and resource information. Collaborate with organizations and individuals that share our commitment to enhancing the lives of those affected by autism. Build community and provide a welcoming and accessible environment for autistic people to connect and form their own social bonds.


The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is a place where everyone can learn, access services, and develop skills for navigating what can be challenging emotions and complex information. Services include membership, workshops, the Minnesota autism conference, AuSM Skillshops, the Life with Autism individualized consultation, specially tailored summer camps for youth and adults with autism, interest-based social skills classes with community partners, Counseling and Consulting Services, support groups, Autism Direct Support Certification training, the state autism conference, sensory-friendly events, ambitious advocacy boosting community voices, Information and Resources, and customized autism training.

At AuSM, equity and inclusion are central to our mission. Learning from diverse perspectives supports strategic creativity for meeting challenges and focusing on growth. We strive to amplify the voices of and reflect the communities we serve - in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, neurodiversity, and ethnicity. We value each unique individual in our community and want to offer a safe space where people are accepted and appreciated as their complete, authentic selves.

To learn more about AuSM, visit

Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities


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2380 Wycliff Streetste 102Saint Paul, MN 55114



  • Mental Health
  • Human Resources Legal Compliance
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Professional Development
  • Special Needs




  • Every month the Board meets for approximately 2 hours, and committee meetings can be monthly. Events are periodic throughout the year .
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