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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

45 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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!