A Fellow of the Society:
A Partner of the Society:
A Friend of the Society:
is an individual interested in contributing to the work of the Society in a capacity determined through consultation with the Board.
has an association with the Society involving a specific project or area of collaboration.
A Patron of the Society is an individual or a foundation with the means and interests to contribute to an annual “Strategic Fund.” The purpose of this fund is to help seed projects developed by ASOF members.
Fundraising for the strategic fund and the build-up of the network of patrons is led by the Executive Committee of the Patrons. The Chair of this committee and its other members are appointed by ASOF's Executive Board. This person represents the Patrons at meetings of the Executive Board and is a voting member of the Executive Board.
The Strategic Fund is used by the Executive Board for only funding ASOF projects. The fund may include parts earmarked by the donors for particular projects. The fund may also incorporate an endowment model as determined by the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Patrons.
All Patrons of the Society would be invited to the annual ASOF conference and can participate in all activities of the conference. The Executive Committee of the Patrons may also recommend to the ASOF Executive Board the granting of particular recognitions to Patrons, including the designation of Honorary Fellows.
The Membership & Nominations Committee reviews the nominations on a monthly cycle, requesting additional information about each candidate if needed. A slate of new candidates are then brought by the Committee to the Executive Board for a vote.
If 2/3rd or more of the Executive Board members vote to admit the candidate, the candidate can become a Fellow of the Society. A Fellow can vote in Board elections and can become a Board member.
If 1/2 or more of the Executive Board members vote to admit the candidate, the candidate can become a Friend of the Society. A Friend can participate in all ASOF activities except voting.
The Board's decision is based on assuring consistency with the mission and vision of ASOF, and on making sure that ASOF is led by prominent academics and scholars.
The Executive Director reaches out to the successful candidate to discuss their interests in joining ASOF. A formal email communication then confirms the willingness of the candidate to join ASOF. After this confirmation, instructions on how to access the Member Portal are sent, along with possibly connecting the new member to existing programs and projects.
If you would like to be nominated to become a Partner of the Society, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nomination is voted on by the Executive Board and the organization’s engagement is approved if it receives at least two third of the Board’s votes
A Patron of the Society is engaged with through the Executive Committee of the Patrons. For more information, contact email@example.com.