|AFS Leadership and Governance|
The American Folklore Society, founded in 1888 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and incorporated in Washington, DC, in 1978, is a non-profit organization. A 13-member Executive Board, headed by a President and (depending upon the year) either a President-Elect or a Past President, provides leadership for the organization and governs the Society on behalf of its community of members.
The Society presently maintains a four-person staff (Executive Director, Associate Director, Membership Director, and Graduate Assistant), with offices on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. AFS is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service and the office of the Indiana Secretary of State.
The Society's Bylaws sets forth the purpose of the AFS and contains basic stipulations about its organization and operations. The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the membership; it was most recently amended in June 2011.
Each summer, the Society's Nominating Committee assembles a slate of candidates from the AFS membership for election to the various offices that will be vacant at the end of that year, and Society members vote to elect new officers in November and December.
From time to time, the Executive Board and staff, in consultation with Society leaders and members, study and evaluate future goals and priorities for the organization and articulate those goals in a written long-range plan. The Society's current long-range plan, titled Toward the Future of Folklore Scholarship and Practice, was adopted in 2007; the Board will be revisiting this plan in 2013.