Friends of AED Organizations

Friends of AED Organizations

The Friends of AED is a new organizational “affiliation” designed especially for nonprofit membership organizations whose members are patients and patient carers. The Friends of AED category of membership was created to acknowledge the work of nonprofessional stakeholder organizations in the eating disorders field, and to promote the mission and goals of organizations whose values align with those of the AED. The organizational structure of the Friends of AED membership provides a means of communication between the AED Board of Directors, AED Committees, Advisory Boards, and the non-professional organizations by providing volunteer roles for non-professional AED members to represent the concerns, lived experience, and perspectives of patients and carers.

To join, please download the Friends of AED application. Mail, fax or email application with payment of $500. Please use the regular membership application for the two representatives of your organization who will be included in your Friends of AED organizational membership. Include the two regular membership applications with your Friends application.

Download a Friends of AED Organization application.

Download a Membership Application (PDF).

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Friends of AED Membership Structure & Benefits: 

  1. An Annual Fee of $500.00, to be paid by the ‘Friends’ Organization (FO), will include two individual memberships. The FO’s leadership will decide who the two representatives will be from year to year. 
  2. Friends Organizations will qualify for a 50% discount off the standard exhibition booth rate for the annual ICED. 
  3. Registered FO Leaders will form a ‘Friends’ Advisory Council which will meet two times annually, by telecom, and which will report directly to the AED Patient-Carer Committee (PCC). This council will designate one Carer and one Patient representative to serve on the PCC committee. 
  4. Each FO will list AED on their website and promote AED events and initiatives of interest to their membership, and vice-versa. 
  5. Each F0 will participate in an annual survey of their membership in order to identify important issues, priorities and concerns within the stakeholder community. This survey will be created by the AED’s PCC in collaboration with other relevant AED committees, approved by the AED Board, and updated each year. 

Friends of AED Eligibility Criteria: 

To be eligible for “Friends of the AED” membership, the applicant organization must: 

  1. Be an organization with a predominantly non-professional membership comprising persons with eating disorders, patient-carers, and other ED community advocates OR an organization dedicated to lobbying for advances in ED research, improved access to ED treatment and/or providing peer support for individuals with eating disorders and/or their carers. 
  2. Have a stated mission and goals compatible with those of the AED (i.e. to generate knowledge and integrate collective expertise about eating disorders; to provide platforms for the promotion of understanding and sharing of knowledge in the field of eating disorders). 
  3. Have legal status as a charitable organization OR have a well-defined organizational structure such as a Board of Directors, a Leadership Committee or other governing body. 
  4. Have inplace by-laws or similar written governance policies outlining leadership roles and responsibilities, gift acceptance, and fiscal oversight. 
  5. Have been in existence for at least two years at the time of application. 
  6. Have the ability to communicate with their members, through bulk email, in a manner that satisfies opt-in/opt-out and anti-spam regulations. 
  7. Not originate within the AED. 

Download a Friends of AED Organization application.