Affiliate Directory

Many people have asked whether there is an Out to Innovate chapter in their area, or how they might form a chapter. Instead of chapters, we have affiliates that we refer to as CAUCUS and REGIONAL GROUPs. A CAUCUS is a group of people — within the same discipline, or professional society, or company — with some common viewpoint. A REGIONAL GROUP is a group of people within a specific geographic area. Currently, the following groups are affiliated with Out to Innovate:

Three benefits to affiliation with Out to Innovate: Representation on our Board of Directors, group website ( hosting, and potential membership dues discoun

  • A CAUCUS or REGIONAL GROUP has its own structure, governance, and purpose, but achieves Out to Innovate benefits through group affiliation. The most important benefit of group membership is having a representative on our Board of Directors. This arrangement allows groups of common interest to have a voice in matters of our governance, and to bring their unique issues, concerns and ideas to the Board. Although CAUCUS and REGIONAL GROUPS that affiliate with us are autonomous in governance, mission, and activities, it is expected that the group will respect our policies on member privacy, equal opportunity, and 501c3 issues.
  • will host your group website if you don’t already have one. The URL will be Someone from your group, however, is responsible for making sure the site content is up to date.
  • The other advantage is possible fiscal sponsorship for fundraising purposes that align with our mission. This is done on a case by case basis after discussion with the Treasurer, Board Approval, 501c3 training, and execution of an MOU the affiliate and us.


Group membership is attained through formalizing a critical mass of individual Out to Innovate members or by payment of annual group dues. Both of these affiliation methods are available to professional societies and not-for-profit groups. In the critical mass method, a minimum of 5 regular Out to Innovate members having a common discipline, mission or geography may create an independent association and apply for membership as a CAUCUS or REGIONAL GROUP. This group may also have members who are not regular Out to Innovate members, and the group’s representative is responsible for keeping them informed about Out to Innovate news.

For more details, download the group affiliation guidelines (367K PDF). To apply for affiliation, download the group membership application (55K Fill-In Word Document).