The UWRA is a non-profit, member-based association.
The UWRA is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and registered as a charitable organization with the Washington Secretary of State. The UWRA’s independent funding comes from annual membership dues.
Support from the University of Washington
Since its inception the work of UWRA has been greatly enhanced by the support of the University of Washington. Office space and infrastructure support allow UWRA to more efficiently and effectively serve the UW, its retirees and “pre-retirees.”
The UWRA will partner with University Advancement to maintain links to retired faculty and staff members who have devoted their careers to the UW and its programs
The UWRA admits to membership retired UW faculty and staff, active, salaried UW employees and current, former or surviving spouses and domestic partners of people in either group. Retirees of other accredited higher education institutions are also eligible to apply for membership.
Our Board of Directors
The UWRA is governed by a Board of Directors, nominated from among the membership by the Nominating Committee and elected by the members at large. One-third of the board is elected each year. Each board member is elected to a three-year term. Click here to view the current list of board members.
The board meets at least bi-monthly. It receives reports, determines policies, oversees finances and personnel, determines the long-term direction of the organization and cultivates external relationships to further the association.
Presiding officers are nominated by the Nominating Committee from among the board members and are elected by the board members. Presiding board officers are: President, First Vice President (usually also president-elect), and Second Vice President. The Secretary and Treasurer are nominated by the Nominating Committee from the board or from the general membership and are appointed by the board. The Secretary and Treasurer are full, voting board members.
Staff, Volunteers and Committee Work
Staff and volunteers implement the decisions of the board and develop programs in coordination with committees made up of member volunteers. Office records maintenance is carried out by office volunteers from UWRA, under the direction of the staff.
In addition to several administrative committees of the board, the Program Planning Committee oversees social and service program development and the larger membership gatherings. Depending on the direction of program development, committees and work groups are formed to focus on specific program needs.