The German Academy for Language and Literature has the legal form of a registered association (eingetragener Verein). The Academy is a public sector organization supported by private sponsors. Its organs are: 1. the General Assembly, which has the final say on the election of new members, elects the Executive Committee and commissions and plays an advisory role on all matters concerning the Academy; 2. The Executive Committee, which forms the board of the Academy according to Academy bylaws; 3. The Board of Trustees, which advises and supports the Academy. Comprised of Academy members, a series of committees, which include the commissions, have also been set up to deal with specific duties.