All changes to AUA Bylaws are approved by the membership at the
AUA Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 2017
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
The American Urological Association, Inc. (AUA) is incorporated in Maryland and has been granted tax-exempt status by IRS – as a Section 501(c)(6) entity, as a professional association or "business league." While this type of entity is not required to pay taxes on its net income, it is not a "charitable" entity and therefore contributions are not tax deductible. This makes little difference to members, who can claim dues as business deductions. Likewise, grants from industry can normally qualify as a business expense. Since a C-6 entity has greater leeway in political and membership activities, the Public Policy and Membership department functions are designated as C-6 activities. In addition, some of AUA's more "commercial" activities are designated under this entity – most notably, the exhibitor portion of the Annual Meeting.
The American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. (AUA/ER) is incorporated in Maryland and has been granted tax-exempt status by IRS – as a Section 501(c)(3) entity, as a charitable/educational corporation. As such, donor contributions made to AUA/ER are tax deductible. AUA/ER publishes The Journal of Urology®, operates the Office of Education, the Annual Meeting and is responsible for activities of the Science & Quality department.
Issues that precipitate revisions to the AUA's Bylaws may be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors (BOD) and the Bylaws Committee by individual members, the leadership of AUA Sections, or through written correspondence with various AUA committees. Any discussion among the Bylaws Committee requiring review and proposed revisions to the Bylaws is forwarded in a written report to the BOD for review at one or both of its interim (Fall or Winter) meetings. Proposed changes are then redirected for reaffirmation by the Bylaws Committee, and proposed amendments must be promulgated to the entire AUA membership at least thirty (30) days in advance of the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting.
The AUA Committee & Society Affairs Department is the Office of Permanent Record for Bylaws documents and can be reached by commaff@AUAnet.org.