About the AAUP Foundation

The AAUP Foundation is the charitable arm of the AAUP enterprise. With the AAUP (a professional association), it shares a commitment to academic freedom and shared governance, defines fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and ensures higher education’s contribution to the common good. 


The AAUP Foundation is organized to fund, through its grant making process, the charitable and educational purposes of the AAUP, including supporting principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society. Safeguarding academic freedom encourages free inquiry, promotes the expansion of knowledge, and creates an environment in which learning and research can flourish, thereby enhancing the quality of higher education and benefiting society.


Effective January 1, 2020, the AAUP Foundation is governed by a board of directors that includes the president, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer; one elected member of the AAUP’s council; the chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; and three public directors, who are not, at the time of their election, officers of the AAUP and who need not hold any other position within the Association.


Amended by the AAUP Foundation Board of Directors, July 1, 2013, December 3, 2014, and January 7, 2020.

Article I—Name and Status

 1. The name of the organization shall be the AAUP Foundation (hereinafter “Foundation”).

2. The Foundation shall operate as a nonprofit corporation under the Delaware general corporation law.

Applying for Grants

The AAUP Foundation provides financial support to individuals and organizations that support the charitable purposes of the Foundation. The Foundation supports organizations that set as a standard or goal a commitment to establishing and supporting the principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society.


Special Funds

Dedicated special funds support specific aspects of the Foundation's mission.