AAUW

Rating: 4.85 stars   221 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education, Philanthropy, Women

Location: 1111 16th St Nw Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Target demographics: Women and girls
Geographic areas served: Nationwide and International
Programs: The Educational Opportunities Fund (#4336) Supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities. The Legal Advocacy Fund (#3999) Supports the protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination. The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (#9170) Supports AAUW research to provide analysis, data and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls. The Public Policy Fund (#4337) Supports advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women. The Leadership Programs Fund (#4339) Supports programs that develop women's potential to lead in their schools, communities and country.
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1800-326-2289
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was awarded an AAUW fellowship. This fellowship gave me the opportunity to continue pursuing my PhD degree. Additionally, my university offered me a tuition waiver because of the fellowship. I would never been able to continue my studies without their support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meetings involving AAUW fellows, alumnae and staff. They have a fundamental role in sponsoring education among women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I was awarded a fellowship that enabled me to take time off from teaching and finish my book manuscript. Without their support, I couldn't have accomplished this career goal. Because I teach at a university with a high teaching load, I was making progress...but slowly. They gave me the time to focus, and the results are outstanding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I can't explain what an impact their support has had on my career except to say that it has opened doors I never expected and will continue to do so.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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AAUW is a leader in supporting women in academics. I was a recipient of the doctoral dissertation grant, which provides women one year of support to complete their dissertation. This type of funding is scarce and particularly important for women who have caregiver roles in the family. It allowed me to complete my PhD and play an active role in my family without having to worry about an additional paycheck.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing funding for completing doctoral studies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more money to support more girls and women in their studies!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its efficiency, respect for recipients, and professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many more girls and women succeed in academics while also contributing to healthy households. So many women, when forced to choose between schooling, work and home have to choose work and home.

Ways to make it better...

there were more purposeful interactions of fellowship recipients with local organization chapters.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to maintain funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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The AAUW was a tremendous help in allowing me to complete my dissertation and finish my PhD in Anthropology. Because of this fellowship, I was able to complete my degree and begin a postdoctoral program that will make me a very competitive candidate on the academic job market.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attaining my educational goals and objectives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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I received a doctoral dissertation fellowship from AAUW. Funding opportunities can sometimes be limited for international students in a Ph.D. program. A lot of funding is for US citizens only, and visa restrictions means it is hard for international students to get work teaching as adjuncts in nearby colleges. The Fellowship enabled me to spend a year concentrating on my dissertation, and the overall experience with the organization has truly increased my appreciation of the work that such nonprofit organizations do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in work and personal life.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an AAUW grantee, I can attest to the invaluable support they offer to female graduate students. If I had not gotten the year of support from them, I may not have been able to finish my degree after I had my baby. An amazing, efficient, powerful organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my ability to complete my degree.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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I joined AAUW, the American Association of University Women, in Schenectady, New York, when I was a young at-home mother with one, then two babies and was just too tired to stay home every night. The stimulating, accomplished AAUW women I met and befriended then, and since, form a deep core of warmth and gratitude and joy in my life. While I harbored no ambitions for leadership, I timidly accepted this position and that and, after moving to Maryland found myself president of the Rockville Branch. I began to appreciate the national scope, power, and awesome history of AAUW, including the Educational Foundation’s resources and record of opening the doors of higher education to women. I learned about Career Development Grants, which were earmarked for AAUW members whose degrees were at least five years old. That was me. I had just returned to graduate school. I applied, and to my astonishment, received in 1980 what was then called a Project RENEW grant of $1000 for tuition toward an MA in American studies at George Washington University. Even then, $1000 didn’t cover the cost of one course. But AAUW believed in me, and I stood taller and somehow smarter. My path led me to historical research and writing, first for a private company, then on my own. Eventually I published three diverse peer-reviewed histories and numerous shorter pieces. AAUW helped me write in another invaluable way. Knowledge I picked up in AAUW helped me understand and explain how organizations function, how parliamentary authority works, how to read budget documents and financial statements, how to trace and interpret legislative bills and influence the political system . . .. My most recent, most rewarding book, Deep Freeze, a history of the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) in Antarctica, took me to the South Pole in 2001 and speaking engagements all over the country and abroad. AAUW made so much of this possible. Soon after my grant, It became clear to me that I must pay it back. So I served as state president and on three national boards of directors for 10 years. I traveled, spoke, and wrote for AAUW--rich, transformative experiences. My loyalty, commitment, and passion have ever grown. No matter how much I have given, I have gotten back more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my leadership experiences, my grant, issue successes on Capitol Hill that I lobbied on, being there when top US leaders recognized AAUW's work and significance, seeing in AAUW's archives its reach and impact since 1881.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The AAUW is an amazing organization. They are SO incredibly dedicated to women and girls' educations. My daughter was in 7th grade and was selected to go to Tech Trek here at Stanford Campus, in California. What a week she had--living in the dormitories, working with other girls her age and professional women from all sorts of science & math-based fields. She learned and grew so much. We have to keep women & girls interested in the math & Science fields and this is an excellent way to do it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way my daugher now approaches thinking about science. She sees this as her future. She is excited and ready to learn more about the world around her so that she can go off and work in a scientific field to help the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make Tech Trek available throughout the country to girls in 7th grade!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are so dedicated to serving the girls and women. They spend amazing amounts of time and energy writing grants, raising money and more to help the girls/women

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, and talented and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world of women and science. It already does that on a smaller scale.

Ways to make it better...

we couldn't have asked for anything more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that they need more financial support and probably volunteer help as well.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they're great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 1980, at age 38 and a mother of 2 daughters, I entered law school. In the spring of 1981, one week before finals, I was awarded the prestigious AAUW Project Renew Grant (now the Career Development Grant). Receiving that grant increased my confidence immensely and convinced me I belonged in law school and that I could compete with anyone. I was on the Law Review, graduated with honors, and had a very succesful career as a city attorney for Evanston, IL, home of Northwestern University. As a payback to AAUW, I served on the R&P Grants Panel for six years, two as the chair. Later I was elected to and served on the AAUW Educational Foundation Board. Receiving that grant and becoming a part of AAUW's philanthropic efforts are defining moments in my life. As a Board and Panel member, I heard from many grant and fellowship recipients who felt the same. AAUW is an organization that has positively impacted countless women. I am just one of those.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See my results above in my review. In addition, I serve on a multi-branch committee in IL that received an AAUW grant that partially funds our very succesful Conference for Latina middle school girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Before my AAUW training, I had never spoken in front of a group. AAUW taught me to do that and more! I helped write the VoLT training manuals, then trained groups all over the country, including community non-profit groups. AAUW's leadership training is the best around! It can be helpful in any job - paid or volunteer - and in running for political office. At the same time, AAUW speaks for all women and girls, monitoring legislation that effects us. I live across the country from Washington, DC, and rely on AAUW to speak for me on important issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life for the past 40 years. I would not be who I am today without the support I've had in AAUW.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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