AMOS is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation's oldest and largest professional organizing network. We contract with the IAF for consultation, leadership training, and the services of an experienced professional organizer. AMOS is governed by a Central Leadership Team comprised of voting members of each of our member organizations. We are a volunteer leader-led organization. We are locally controlled, and owned and operated by our members.

The budget for AMOS is raised from the dues of its member organizations, fundraisers, and individual support. AMOS does not accept government funding. Membership in AMOS is open to any organization who shares our values and our mission to make central Iowa a community that works for all.

Through face-to-face, one-on-one meetings, AMOS members build relationships between members of our communities. In the process, we cut through divisions such as race, religion, and socioeconomic status, and discover the passions and concerns that unite us all.

AMOS pursues a multiple issue agenda, responding to the concerns and pressures felt by communities. These concerns and pressures are identified through hundreds of small group conversations, and then explored in depth by investigative issue teams who research the facts and develop solutions to concrete problems.

AMOS then acts publicly, bringing the power of organized people to decision makers to implement the AMOS agenda. Through this process, hundreds of people enter public life and claim responsibility for their future here in central Iowa.