Community Leadership 

Leadership volunteers offer their time, talents, and expertise in a variety of areas to ensure that the Arthritis Foundation reaches its annual mission and fundraising goals for the local market area.

Local Leadership Roles

The Board Chair leads an empowered arthritis community, partnering with local staff and fellow leadership board members to create and manage the market's strategic plan. The Chair identifies, cultivates and recruits high-impact volunteer leaders for key positions on the Leadership Board, standing committees and corporate chairs for event, ensuring volunteer leadership reflects the diversity in the communities served. 

The Community Network Chair builds a network in the local community to help people with arthritis find their Yes! The Chair recruits and leads a committee of volunteers to manage key activities that support community growth across the market: Connect Group Facilitator support, arthritis community outreach and promotion of the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment. 

This Event Chair makes a direct impact on the lives of people with arthritis by helping secure necessary funds to support science initiatives and mission delivery. Event/Fundraising Chairs work with volunteer leadership and event committees to achieve annual fundraising and community engagement goals for the local market in conjunction with the Local Leadership Board’s strategic financial plan. 

Medical Chairs build greater awareness of the partnership between the healthcare community and the Arthritis Foundation to achieve common goals of improving lives and outcomes for patients with arthritis. The local Medical Chair builds connections within the medical community to educate HCPs on the value the Arthritis Foundation can provide their patients with arthritis. 

JA Chairs connect and engage families impacted by juvenile arthritis and related childhood rheumatic diseases to provide life-changing resources, support and education. Working with JA Committee(s), JA Chairs ensure that families have access to resources designed specifically for the JA community, and that they are aware of educational and social opportunities and know they are not alone in their journey. 


Advocacy Chairs serve as the voice of the arthritis community to influence state and federal legislation that fights barriers to health care, ensuring access to all. Advocacy Chairs work with the staff Advocacy team to identify opportunities to recruit, train and cultivate Advocates and Ambassadors across each state.

The Volunteer Engagement Chair champions the Arthritis Foundation volunteer experience. This Chair builds a diverse volunteer base to support annual plans and goals, provide connection between volunteers, and lead onboarding efforts to ensure that volunteers are engaged and have the resources necessary to be successful in their role and make an impact in the arthritis community. 

The Young Adult/Young Professional Chair empowers young adults to build a local network, providing connection and positive impact, while helping young adults with arthritis live their best lives. This Chair leads outreach, recruitment and engagement for young adults (YA) with arthritis (18-35ish) and/or young professionals (YP) (25-35ish). 

Join the fight and, together, let’s conquer arthritis. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Join Us

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  • Donate


    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer


    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner


    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

Become a Volunteer

More About Volunteering


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.