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Stay informed, connect with others and make your mark on the search for a cure.

Your involvement helps raise awareness and increase funding for rheumatic research and training. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up to receive the Foundation Voice. Volunteer opportunities are available for patients, families and rheumatology professionals.

We need your expertise and passion. Whether you are a patient, family member or qualified health professional, you can make a difference in the search for a cure.


The Foundation is led by a wide range of rheumatology community members that make up our volunteer leadership Board and committees. Our work to advance research and training to improve the health of patients living with rheumatic disease is possible because of the experience and dedication of our volunteer leaders. If you are interested in one of the volunteer leadership opportunities listed below, please reach out to us at

Nominations are open until June 1, 2024

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Volunteer Positions:

  • Board of Directors:
    The board is the governing body of the Foundation. The Board shall supervise, control and direct the business and affairs of the Foundation, shall actively promote its purposes, and shall supervise the disbursement of its funds.

  • Scientific Advisory Council (SAC): 
    The Scientific Advisory Council consists of prominent individuals from the academic rheumatology community who partner for the overall success and implementation of the Foundation’s comprehensive awards and grants program. Members of the SAC work closely with Foundation staff on grant administration, peer review and assessment. Each member of the SAC will be assigned a liaison role to a specific study section and will be recruited to the Council based on current vacancies. The Council is responsible for oversight, peer review, and award selection of all Foundation awards.

  • Development Advisory Council (DAC):
    The Development Advisory Council consists of prominent individuals from the rheumatology and lay communities who partner for the overall success and implementation of the Foundation’s comprehensive Development program. Members of the DAC work closely with the Development staff to ensure ongoing and future philanthropic support, and play an integral role in helping to advance the Foundation’s primary mission to improve patients’ lives.

  • Impact Advisory Council (IAC):
    The Impact Advisory Council consists of passionate brand ambassadors representing the rheumatology community, who are rheumatology patients or caregivers, and/or ACR/ARP members who treat patients. The Council is responsible for representing the Foundation at meetings and conferences, sharing content related to Foundation funded research and the patient perspective, and sharing the impact of the work of the foundation. Serving as Foundation champions, the Council will share the Foundation’s mission of improving the health of people with rheumatic disease with a broad audience.

  • Leadership Development Council (LDC):
    The Leadership Development Council consists of a diverse group of ACR, Foundation, and lay individuals in different career stages. The charge of the Council is to encompass both leadership development and nominations for volunteer positions, create opportunities and pathways for volunteer leadership development with the Foundation, and make recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors to fill open volunteer positions annually. The goals of the Council include intentional volunteer skills development, effective volunteer orientation for physicians and lay members, increased diversity, improved volunteer pipeline, increased transparency and equity in volunteer placement, structured leadership development opportunity, and alignment with the ACR. 

Become a Peer Reviewer

Our peer review process engages scientists and experts to examine research proposals for rigor, integrity and quality. Qualified individuals may apply to become a peer reviewer. Peer reviewers are experts in their area of rheumatology who rigorously evaluate applications for funding submitted to the Foundation.

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The Foundation's #RheumChampion program amplifies the voices of patients and caregivers and let others know they are not alone in their fight against rheumatic disease. Share your story and become a #RheumChampion here.

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