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Affiliate with UOAA!

UOAA is an association of affiliated, non-profit, support groups who are committed to improving the quality of life of people who have, or will have, an intestinal or urinary diversion. It is dedicated to providing information, advocacy and service to, and for, its affiliated support groups, their members and the intestinal/urinary diversion community at large.

UOAA is dedicated to increasing the viability of its affiliated support groups. Benefits that the member groups will receive include:

Membership in UOAA is open to any group that provides mutual aid and support to those who have undergone, or will undergo ostomy or continent bowel/bladder surgery, and to their caregivers/family, and meets the following requirements:

To affiliate your group with UOAA, please fill in the Membership Affiliation Form below and return it to Patti Herubin, UOAA’s Office Administrator, at the address shown in the form:


  1. We’re providing this form in both PDF and Word versions. Both can be filled in electronically and e-mailed. The PDF version allows you to “type” on it using the Typewriter tool (aka “Add Text Comment” tool) in Adobe Reader 7.0 or later (Download Adobe Reader if necessary).
  2. The form asks you to report the number of members in your group. This number will determine both the group’s voting rights and affiliation fee, according to the following criteria:
  3. Annual Affiliation fee: An Annual Affiliation Fee is due on January 1st of each year. As of January 1, 2014, the amount paid by each support group is $2.50 for each member reported on their Affiliation Form (e.g., a group that reports 50 members pays $125). If a group does not report any members, the Annual Affiliation Fee is $30.00.
  4. Voting rights: In UOAA elections, each affiliated group has as many votes as the number of members for which it has paid an Annual Affiliation Fee (e.g., a group that reports 50 members has 50 votes). A group that does not report any members has 12 votes.
  5. Tax Exempt Status: When a group has 501(c)(3) charity status, it means that people can make tax-deductible contributions to the group. Affiliated Support Groups that would like to be able to accept tax-deductible donations must either obtain 501(c)(3) status on their own or be included under UOAA’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt “umbrella” (group exemption). To come under the UOAA umbrella, a group must inform UOAA that it wishes to be included. The group will need to include certain IRS-mandated language in its bylaws or other “organizing document” and must report certain information annually to the IRS (usually just a 990-N e-Postcard). Also, the group must have a Federal “Employer Identification Number” (EIN) which serves as the group’s tax identification number (analogous to an individual’s Social Security Number). If your group needs to obtain an EIN, you can do it by completing IRS Form SS-4 (download the form and its instructions); then use it as a worksheet when calling the IRS at 800-829-4933. They will give you your EIN over the phone! You can also apply for an EIN online.
  6. For a Comprehensive Guide to starting and operating a UOAA Affiliated Support Group (ASG), please see our ASG in a Box document.

Once you have affiliated, if your group has a website, we urge you to display either of the following logos on your site to publicize your affiliation:

[Affiliated with UOAA][Small UOAA Logo]

You are welcome to copy these logos to your site. Please link your copy of the logo to our home page at

We also encourage you to use this logo in your newsletter or meeting notices. For this purpose, see our page of High Resolution UOAA Logos for Printing which includes higher resolution versions of the logo in both color and black & white.