What is the difference between an Active and Sustaining member?

An “Active” member is expected to attend meetings, provide direct service and/or support philanthropic projects and fundraising activities, and have the privilege of voting and holding office. Active members must complete all membership requirements (pay annual dues, complete a background screening, consent to membership agreements and policies).


An auxiliary may grant “Sustaining” membership status after being an active member for a specified period. Typically, sustaining members do not provide direct service, do not vote at meetings nor are they a member of the auxiliary’s Executive Committee. Sustaining members are not required to complete a background screening.