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

1. Board Chair

Partners with the Executive Director to create and manage the market’s strategic plan. 
The Board Chair serves as a community organizer to open doors, source leadership, build partnership opportunities, cultivate donors, ad drive the overall business of the Arthritis Foundation in partnership with the local staff team. 


2. Network Leader

Supports Live Yes! Event volunteer recruitment and training for the Live Yes! Connect Facilitators and other Live Yes! Programs. 

The Live Yes! Arthritis Network is an umbrella term for all of the mission and fundraising activities within a market area that engage people with arthritis and their families in accessing the life-changing resources and programs of the Arthritis Foundation. 

3. Fundraising Chair

Leads one of the community fundraising activities for a market area (Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, Marquee Event).  

Fundraising Chairs assist with the cultivation of corporate partnerships, major giving, and sponsorships. The Chair is recognized as an influencer in the community with a strong network of personal and professional contacts. 

4. Medical Chair

Serves as a volunteer leader and connector to help people navigate their way along their arthritis journey. 

Medical Chairs provide introductions to help build community relationships within the medical field, including with other local practitioners and institutions. It is key for the Medical Chair to engage Healthcare Providers in the local Live Yes! Arthritis Network activities. 

5. Juvenile Arthritis Chair

Serves as a volunteer leader and connector to help families navigate their way along their arthritis journey. They provide opportunities for education and empowerment. 

The JA Chair leads a Committee of other volunteer leaders and subject matter experts in the JA arena and is a liaison for new JA families who reach out to the Arthritis Foundation for support.  

6. Advocacy Chair

Serves as the State Advocacy Committee Chair in most markets. 

The Advocacy Chair works with the staff team to identify opportunities to recruit, train, and cultivate Advocates and Ambassadors across the state. They serve as a voice for arthritis patients in pursuing state/local legislators and policy makers.  

7. Volunteer Engagement Chair [opportunity varies by market]

Responsible for developing an annual plan to recruit and retain a volunteer base necessary to support all mission and fundraising activities in the local market. 

The Volunteer Engagement Chair identifies and vets volunteers to serve on the Local Leadership Board as well as in other key event leadership positions, such as Chair of the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, or the local Marquee Fundraising event (e.g., Crystal Ball, Gala, Bone Bash). The Chair may also implement the onboarding and orientation process for the Leadership Board. 

8. Young Adult Committee [opportunity varies by market]

A group of young adults committed to organizing, promoting and conducting service activities to support the network of young adults living with or impacted by arthritis. 

Young Adult Committees work to build a community and network of young adults, participate in fundraising activities, advocacy initiatives, and mission events within the local market area. The goal for the Committee is to increase outreach and engagement with young adults with arthritis.  

Jingle Bell Run

Put on your favorite holiday costume, enjoy fun activities and spread good cheer along with family, friends and co-workers. Jingle All the Way to a Cure for the 1 in 4 Americans with arthritis.

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Walk to Cure Arthritis

Our Walk to Cure Arthritis is the largest arthritis gathering in the world, celebrating our warriors, raising funds for research, resources and a cure.

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DIY Fundraising

You want to raise funds to stop arthritis or honor an arthritis warrior in your life. Whatever your passion, you can STOP ARTHRITIS from getting in the way of life’s simple pleasures.

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Say Yes! to volunteering! We look forward to matching you to a volunteer role that uses your strengths and passion for finding a cure for arthritis.

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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.

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.