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Benevolent Fund Council and Governance FAQs


The Benevolent Fund is managed by a Council of 30-60 UAB employees representing each major unit of the UAB enterprise. Areas represented include UAB Hospital, Health Systems, Academic Programs, Health Services Foundation, Central Administration, Eye Foundation Hospital, UAB Highlands, and VIVA Health. Voting members are elected for a two year term. The council is divided into standing committees: the Agency Review Committee, the Campaign Committee, the Employee Emergency Assistance Committee, and the Awareness Committee. Ad hoc committees are formed as necessary to carry out the activities of the council.  In accordance with the by-laws, non-voting members may be appointed to serve specific roles. The operating guidelines to which the council adheres are defined in the UAB Faculty and Staff Benevolent Fund Bylaws.


The UAB Benevolent Fund is run by a council of employees and welcomes your suggestions and inquiries. Please make suggestions to or ask questions of any council member. Alternately, you may make suggestions to the Benevolent Fund program staff.


The council is self perpetuating. Each spring, nominations to the council are solicited through the various internal communications. You many nominate yourself or someone else whom you feel would well represent the institution. Selection to the council depends on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the number of current council member vacancies, the number of votes an individual receives, and whether or not an individual from the same department or a closely associated department is currently serving on the council. It is the intent to have the council represent the institution broadly. For this reason, individuals from diverse areas and occupations are selected. All council members must be regular contributors to the Benevolent Fund and be either full-time regular or part-time regular faculty or staff. After a thorough review of the nominees in relation to these and other factors, the Nominating Committee creates a slate of candidates for election by the faculty and staff. Nominees' supervisors are asked the approve nominations to make sure employees are able to participate fully.


Yes. A current copy of the By-laws is available electronically.  A printed copy is also available at the Benevolent Fund office in the Administration Building, room B-84 during business hours.