What being a member means:
Members can fully participate in governance-related activities, and therefore have a voice in forming policies, campaigns and/or structures internal to the organization. Only members, in good standing, are notified of Annual General Meetings and Special Meetings, and only members are eligible to vote at those meetings. Members, in good standing, can also run for positions on the Board of Directors or to be a part of the delegation to the Global Assembly Meeting, and can vote in those elections.
How this is different from a Supporter:
Supporters are those who contribute financially or who take action with Amnesty. This could be anyone from a monthly donor to an online petition-signer. Supporters can get involved in most things we do, including joining committees or taking on leadership roles, but they cannot run for elected positions. Supporters can also attend regional, annual and special member meetings in a non-voting capacity however, they cannot vote on resolutions of the Branch, or in elections for Directors or international representatives.
How do I sign as a member?:
In order to be in line with the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and be recognized as a Current Member in good standing, you must complete two easy steps:
Make a Financial Contribution Now!
- You must formally notify us of your choice to become a member, through our online application form
- Provide an annual financial contribution, of any amount, at least 30 days before the AGM
It’s that easy!
From here, you’ll simply need to continue making one financial contribution each year in order to ensure your status remains current.