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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 52-6037388
1800-326-2289
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Rating: 5 stars  

AAUW is an amazing organization that helps women when otheres won't. AAUW is willing to believe and bet on women redefining themselves, after stepping off other career paths or taking time to parent young children. I found very few other organizations that would be that supportive of the goals of a person at my stage in the game. For example, the Soros foundation only helps new Americans under 30 years old. I really believe in this organization and hope you will support it.

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AAUW provided me with a career development grant. I am a mother getting back into the work force and changing careers. Without AAUW it would have been difficult for me to fund my Master's Degree in Psychology. Because of them I will be able to do resea

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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AAUW is wonderful--it has helped me pay for my first year of medical education, which I would otherwise have had to taken lots of loans for. It's wonderful to be recognized and rewarded for my accomplishments in a way that really helps me advance my career and lets me focus on what's really important: studying, rather than worrying about how to pay for my education. AAUW selflessly wants to help women succeed in the professional world--they've given me money without asking anything in return.

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

The fellowship programs. As a recipient, I know how happy and grateful I am for receiving an AAUW fellowship, and I realize everyday how much it has helped me advance my education and realize my dream of becoming a doctor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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As a single mother living on an Indian Reservation there isn't much opportunity for advancement. If I want to advance or continue my education I have to move away from my family and uproot my children. I have always dreamt of attaining a Masters Degree in the Environmental Field. AAUW has given me the opportunity to change that dream into a reality.

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AAUW’s support has not only assisted me finically with my education, they have empowered me to make positive changes within myself and around me.

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

AAUW is always there if you have any question or concerns.

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

They seem very personable and sincere.

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

They could help so many more individuals reach their dreams and make positive changes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

During my graduate study, my husband got a position across the country from my graduate school, and I began a 'commuting' Ph.D., doing my research on the west coast and all of my writing and computer work on the east coast. Living apart was never an option because we have a young child. The biggest limitation to finishing my Ph.D. was funding - I couldn't take advantage of most funding options because they required me to be on the west coast (teaching, helping professors there with my research). AAUW saw my potential and granted me a fellowship to fund my final year of graduate study. Now, our son likes to tell everyone how he 'saw his mom become a doctor'. AAUW provides the funding and support for women like myself that are juggling priorities, including children, spouses, and careers!

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

my ability to achieve my long-time goal of attaining a Ph.D.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the midst of the current financial crisis, my desire to complete a career change by going back to school would have very likely gone unrealized were it not for AAUW's generous financial support. The organization's mission to support women like myself takes away some of the uncertainty, and much of the risk, of pursuing our dreams regardless of financial circumstances. Beyond individual support, AAUW's grants inspire recipients like myself to continue the chain of goodwill...often following career paths that are altruistic and service-minded. In this way, the social returns on AAUW's financial investment are manifold and self-perpetuating. I look forward to completing my MA in 2012 and beginning the next stage of this journey.

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

grant awarding.

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

the helpful manner of staff and great personal marketing tools that were made available after I was awarded my grant.

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

helpful, personable, efficient.

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

help even more women reach their goals through grants...also cultivate an even more compelling narrative about why its mission matters in an age when issues of gender equity are less overt than in the past.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently attending grad school. AAUW helped make this possible by providing me with a fellowship to help pay for my education.

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

my ability to further my education.

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

give the world 10,000 well educated women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Been bilingual (spanish/english), a mother of 4 and working at the Head Start program, I realized the huge need my community in Green Bay had for a bilingual Counselor, but not having enough funds to cover for my education. I applied for the Career Development Grant and was selected as a grantee to cover my first year of Master's Degree in Professional Counseling. Being in my first semester of the program I'm very thankful and blessed of received this grant to give me the opportunity to prepare myself to serve the people who needs me in my community. This dream would not happen ever without this impacting opportunity AAUW gave me and eventually provided for this community. Thanks from the deepest of my heart!

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

providing to me the opportunity to return to school without the worry of the money to start. If it wasn't by this entity, I don't think I ever returned to school, even when I had the commitment, the money was an important factor who prevented me.

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

when received the letter of acknowledge I've been selected as a grantee.

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

awesome and all the time available for my questions and support.

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

serve a lot more women as me in pursue their careers until their graduation.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I received a grant to help pay for my tuition at Goucher College in Maryland, where I am pursuing a master's degree in creative nonfiction. It meant the world to me to have AAUW choose me from thousands of applicants because not only did the grant cover nearly one year's tuition, thereby cutting my school costs in half, but more importantly it was confirmation of my idea to change careers. I am a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, and jobs are disappearing all around me. An MFA would make me eligible to apply for a full-time position where I currently teach writing part-time at Mills College. It also is getting me on my way to writing my memoir. My thesis for my MFA program is a 150-page manuscript. I am guided by my professors, and I am taking what I am learning and applying it to the next generation of female writers at Mills College in Oakland, an all-women's private college, and also my alma mater. I would have had to go into debt to put myself through school, but with the AAUW grant I am able to pay for school without worry. It is extremely expensive to live in San Francisco on a newspaper salary, and the grant is helping me reach my goals to become a full-time professor and book author. That an outside agency believes I can do it makes all the difference.

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

being able to pay for my master's degree.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a a recipient of an AAUW 2010 Career Development Grant. I am using it to complete my MBA so I can move forward with my career as one of the few female pipe fitters in the mechanical construction industry.

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

Please see above.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Receiving the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship allowed me to focus on completing my Ph.D. and begin working in the field of teacher education. As a woman of color, the perspective I offer in the field of teacher education is lacking and thanks to AAUW's support of my doctoral work I am able to participate in helping to develop future teachers.

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

terms of receiving support for the completion of doctoral work.

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

the range of projects they support.

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

all very interested in the work I did and the ways they could support my work.

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

support many more women making a difference across the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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