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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Philanthropy, Private Operating Foundations, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Women, Womens Rights

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: Programs that develop women's potential to lead in their schools, communities and country. Educational and lifelong learning opportunities. The protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination. Research to provide analysis, data and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls. Advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women.

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an AAUW major donor, I'm confident that my contributions are used wisely and effectively to advance equity for women and girls. I highly recommend giving your time, talent, and treasure to this powerful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined AAUW 2 years ago. I have been actively involved in fundraising to provide scholarships to high school seniors and women returning to school. I cannot think of anything more important for our future than to have more educated women. And let's face it. Education is expensive!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is making a difference in the community by encouraging its members to participate in programs that utilize the skills and talents of its members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for over a year. This is an amazing group of women. They welcome new members and offer a wide variety of opportunities to help women locally and internationally. Lots of fun and social ways to make a difference!
I wanted to do networking for my business and I was able to create an AAUW professional women's networking group. Members of AAUW were so supportive and helpful .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found AAUW in Delaware just about the time my youngest child turned 2. It was a group for me that stretched my mind and gave me an adult activity that was worthwhile and challenging. I have now been a member in three branches and 2 states, always growing, always learning. I haven't found a better way to find new friends and serve my community at the same time.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had just finished the first year of my MBA, and the rug had just been pulled from under my feet. I probably would not be able to complete that MBA I had been longing for for over a decade now - thanks to changes in our family income. All else had failed, and I wrote to the AAUW. Help arrived in the form of a modest scholarship (the AAUW selected professions fellowship). The rest is history - being able to complete that MBA was a turning point my life life, and my family's as well. I owe my professional success and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to the AAUW.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of AAUW from my college professors of women's studies. I was forwarded an email and signed up for their mailing list. I began getting emails from AAUW on all types of issues going on in the federal government of interest to women. I discovered that through my affiliation with AAUW I was given a quick, easy way to stay abreast of important legislation and have my voice in these matters with congressional representatives. AAUW has one primary purpose--to aid and empower girls and women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a former international postdoctoral fellow of AAUW. This year, I got a position as an assistant professor in a university in Argentina. I would like to thanks the foundation for supporting me in my career, your support has been appreciated and used in the right way. Also, I would like to thank also the existence of this organization because it engenders strength and independence in young women; it helps them embrace their dreams. Specially the fact that an international fellowship exist, giving the possibility to women coming from developing countries like mine to have also the opportunity. As soon as I arrived to US I have been looking for postdoctoral fellowship to apply and I have to say that AAUW is the only foundation where I was eligible, most of foundation have some nationality requirement that makes almost impossible for international scientist to apply for support. I am absolutely grateful to AAUW and I wish this organization to be recognized as one of the top nonprofit organizations striving to provide education initiatives and programs. Natalia de Miguel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Association of University Women has a rich and respectable history of supporting the growth and learning of women in America.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For international graduate students, the opportunities for fellowships and scholarships are very limited as compared to US citizens. I am very grateful to AAUW for awarding me the fellowship, with which I was able to conduct time-consuming research projects and write research based journal papers. AAUW helped women scientists in a great way and consequently the new generation of women scientists will give back more to societies and women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.