General Information

About AOA

What is the Auxiliary Organizations Association?

The members that make up the Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA) are the auxiliaries of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Typically these organizations include foundations that manage contracts and grants or gifts to the university, enterprise corporations that run bookstores and food services, associated student organizations and student unions, and sometimes athletic or housing corporations.

These organizations are, for the most part, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporations that provide services to their campuses in various ways, and they have their own governing boards, financial structures, and personnel operations. The auxiliaries are by nature hybrids. They are private entities nestled within the framework of a public structure and, as such, they are subject both to California corporate law and to the Education Code and the policies of the CSU and the campus. They are related to the university at the same time that they are separate from it, and it is this difference that makes them useful. The auxiliaries enhance the capabilities of their campuses in the areas of property purchase or management, procurement, investment, and business administration, by providing alternatives to public procedures and undertaking entrepreneurial business risk. They provide the universities with hiring flexibility, cash flow for seed programs, and flexible ways to hold and use funds.

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Mission of AOA

The mission of the AOA is to facilitate the role of individual auxiliaries on their respective campuses by providing the auxiliaries with the resources and services that enable them to be more effective, such as:

  • Professional website which offers opportunities for information sharing, networking, a directory, legislative and legal updates, and a library of resource materials
  • Resolution of common issues affecting members, and representation of the collective interests of AOA members before policy-making groups of the CSU and the State of California
  • Special Research Projects and Monographs on issues affecting members
  • AOA Annual Conference
  • Access to Legal Counsel
  • Group Insurance and Pooled Benefit Programs
  • Professional Development Programs
  • Biennial Salary Survey
  • Assistance to new auxiliaries and staff
  • Access to the experience, expertise and resources of other member organizations and professionals

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