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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

238 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 aeblackwell

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a 44 year old female with a potentially fatal blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. I have battled this disease for 25 years. I am also a victim of domestic violence. I have been in a domestic violence shelter numerous times and I am in one at the moment again. I have had my teeth knocked out, my right arm broken twice, numerous concussions and the mental and emotional abuse is unspeakable. I was a successful hairstylist for approximately 20 years and unfortunately I have had to go on disability due to my blood disorder and ptsd due to the years of abuse.. My mother abandoned me and my father is deceased. I am a very spiritual person with strong morals and a baptist belief background. I have been having to live in a tent, a vehicle, on peoples couches, and I recently was told by my abuser to get out again so I contacted a domestic violence shelter called CEASE in my area for support. They had turned me down before because of two ladies deviously wanting my bed and lying telling the staff that I was intoxicated on the premises. I was forced to leave due to their lies and have had to go through almost five years of homelessness and abuse due to their selfishness. I have to go to the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville Tennessee very frequently to receive plasma infusions for my blood disorder. I have no transportation now because my abuser and his mother took my vehicle from me and refused to get me to my treatments. They had gotten angry because I wouldn't sign a life insurance policy that the two of them wanted to take out on me so they threw me out on the streets again. I am in need of assistance but I don't know where to turn. I have spent the last year in court over an order of protection against my abuser of which the court system repetativly without any punishment. I am interested in all the knowledge and help I can receive in order to get my life back. It is very hard for me to ask for help because I have always loved helping others so very much. I have had many people ask if they could write a novel about my life and at the time I turned it down but now, I would allow it. Thank you very muck for your time. God bless each and every one of you.




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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW has such a breadth of advocacy issues and programs to support women and girls! I've learned so much through my volunteer work with this organization and am impressed by the high quality programs and research.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAUW has been a motivating element in my life. In 2015 I was given a scholarship to attend NCCWSL and it was so incredibly inspiring, filled with women advocates from all walks of life who are dedicated to serving their communities --whatever that might be-- by promoting equality. My involvement in AAUW has already led me to meet fantastic people in my community and in the world, but more importantly it has taught me to keep reaching, to keep striving and to keep believing in the work that women's rights advocates are doing. In this day and age, it is nice to know that their are so many committed people to bringing equality to young American women. Thank you AAUW!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAUW is an incredible, supportive organization and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders met their incredibly high standards. I learned about the true message of feminism, got the chance to interpret American Sign Language for over 1,000 people, and met other women I keep in touch with to this day. NCCWSL 2015 changed the way I look at the world and changed my life forever. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity AAUW gave me by providing me a scholarship for the event. I would highly recommend both the organization and the conference.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

AAUW, is a tremendously great organization which serves in empowering women. As a student leader, my student life director informed me of the National Conference but since I had not the available funds, I was a little skeptical about it. She told me o ahead and apply for the scholarship and I did. I was so grateful and thankful when i received a mail saying I had been awarded. it was a beautiful experience being with other women and empowering each other for a better tomorrow. At the conference, i realized there were many more like me who had been awarded and I only thought yo myself "what a generous organization with a strong and profound vision" Thank you for the opportunity i received

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got the pleasure and wonderful experience of attending the NCCWSL conference this past may. I got to meet people that foster and bolster the growing ideals I have toward equity for women. I have kept in contact with the people I met and the workshops taught me valuable ways to create a conversation toward inclusion and continuing to advocate and work for women across the world who do not have the means to do for themselves. You get opportunities and chances to impact lives on a daily basis but to condense this memorable experience into a weekend is fantastic, empowering and necessary.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW helps women from every background locally and nationally. They are trusted by policy makers and can demonstrate that the money given to them, will go directly to help train women and girls and develop research-based materials that will empower women in all parts of the country. We have a powerful AAUW group here in Houston that is assisted by a powerful state and national group.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

NCCWSL was one of the most empowering experiences that I have ever had. I had the pleasure of attending this conference through a scholarship and I am more than grateful for all of the unforgettable memories that I made there! Every woman I met had a unique story to tell, the presenters were amazing, and I made friends that will last a lifetime. There's truly nothing more inspiring than a room full of over 1,000 college women student leaders.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long-time member of AAUW I am proud of their excellent national advocacy of issues pertaining to women and girls, including support of Title IX, women's health care, equal pay, sexual harassment on campus and equal math and science opportunities for all students, all of which is supported by AAUW's highly respected research. As a volunteer I have lobbied my governor and state legislature for better education and women's access to full health care. In return I have received valuable leadership training, a powerful sense of purpose, and a network of friends across the nation.

1 Mardy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm excited and inspired by my membership in AAUW, even after 25+ years. It's the leadership training and development offered. It's the research findings that power our programming and empower members. It's the college/university student organizations that help us raise awareness about inequities. It's about action, outreach, collaborations, and awesome friendships!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey as a volunteer in AAUW has led me way beyond what I originally sought. I became a member of AAUW because I wanted to be a part of something bigger. What I receive keeps growing and growing: I am a more effective advocate; I am connected to AAUW leaders nationwide through social media, and am involved in supporting leaders; I am informed on current issues impacting women and girls, and connect directly with my federal and state legislators to give input to public policy issues; leadership training is available in a variety of programs; ways to support women and girls are available through philanthropy and programming. An example of what keeps me volunteering is what is being achieved through a partnership between AAUW and the WAGE Project. I am fortunate to have been trained as an AAUW facilitator to present the WAGE Project's Start Smart Workshop to college women about to enter the workforce.The workshop teaches an individual how to determine what employers are paying for the job she wants when she graduates and how to negotiate to be paid what she is worth doing that job. The number of workshops around the nation are growing. The workshops in Oregon have grown from 1 in 2011 to 4 so far in 2012 -- with more anticipated. This has happened because AAUW member leaders "get it," and train to facilitate Start Smart Workshops and make a difference for women, girls, and families. I am looking forward to continuing to see the incredible "aha" moments expressed by participants in Start Smart Workshops.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Inspired by a historical mission of supporting the equality of girls and women in our society - Title IX, STEM, Healthcare and more - I joined this dynamic and inspiring organization. Daily, AAUW engages women, girls and young women through a variety of programs and activities and their grants and scholarships -- Tech Trek, Action Fund, Start Smart for Salary negotiation, Education /advocacy around Title IX, research, case support around discrimination, and so much more. I am now an enthusiastic National board member supporting the inspiring and impactful AAUW mission - excited about how AAUW positively impacts the lives of women and girls! Truly makes a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My AAUW branch and 3 other branches have used our AAUW resources and contacts to put on a highly successful STEMtastics conference for middle school girls in our area. More than 500 girls and their parents attended. We are particularly targeted middle schools with lots of diversity and also those with a large percentage of free lunch students. Our goal was to expose these girls to young women in STEM fields to inspire and encourage them to consider a STEM field themselves. All the workshops (they each attended 3) were hands on. The evaluations were great, and AAUW touched many young lives that day.

Malinda2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AAUW since 1989, because of its mission in advancing equity for woman and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our branches do great work at the local level, offering scholarships in the community, providing networking opportunities, and coming together to locally advocate for the AAUW mission. Our state organizations support the work of the branches and act as a liaison from the national organization. The members of AAUW support the mission with their financial donations for grants, fellowships and our outstanding research. Members also commit their time in support of the advocacy we do on Capitol Hill and in State Legislatures. AAUW does amazing things through the power of One AAUW - local/state/national!

1 aeblackwell

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!

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2

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW continues to break through barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance. As a volunteer AAUW leader on the national, state, and branch levels, I have many opportunities to raise a powerful voice -- individually and collectively, in person and electronically -- to make lasting changes that advance gender equality. In my own AAUW experiences I have taught women to negotiate fair pay, have lobbied my state legislators about equity-related bills, have funded campus outreach projects, and so much more! AAUW's means of achieving equity (advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research) are effective, influential, and resonant with multiple generations of equality-minded individuals. I give this organization my highest rating.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I and proud to say that I have been a member and supporter of AAUW since 1972, in two different branch locations. In terms of money given worldwide to further the education of women, AAUW is at the top. AAUW Funds provides grants and fellowships at the rate of $3.7 million a year. In turn, the recipients of these opportunities go back to their communities with their Knowledge and expertise. The work done on behalf of women through the Legal Advocacy Fund has supported military women in their fight against assault. The work done on college campuses through programs like Elect Her and Start Smart have enabled young women to create and head towards their bright futures. AAUW 's public policy work, though never ending, has set a fire under many a calm and soft-spoken woman, enabling her to stand up for social justice. On the branch level, I have been personally inspired by the women with whom I work and socialize. Through our programs, book clubs and other dynamic interest groups, I have grown in wisdom and friendship. AAUW's reach is wide and strong. I am so proud to be a member!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined AAUW in 1967 as soon as I'd graduated from college and was eligible. My mother had been extremely active since her graduation from college in 1927. She and her AAUW friends were my feminist role models, outspoken and smart. My Branch received an AAUW Community grant in 1977 and I received an individual award in 1982. Both helped launch my career as an advocate for mental health and social support for new families. I've created a social movement and traveled the world because of AAUW. My best friends belong to AAUW and together we continue the legacy begun in 1881.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I dont know where to start:God will help me ;I have seen alot of women who are abused ,raped, beaten up so badly and most of them are young women they fail to defend them self because even their fail they quiet about this .I have been able to talk to few of them i give them hope i told them they law and i teach them how to start small business so they can stop depending on they are husbands also i give them capital .And for now they are doing very well .I thanks God for that

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOW where can I Start!! I am a current student at EMU. I was presented with an opportunity to go to a NCCWSL conference for woman leaders. It was a very costly Trip and I could not afford it but AAUW stepped in a funded my entire Trip!! This nonprofit organization is absolutely wonderful. The women within this organization are hardworking and they really care about the people around them. Not only did they fund my Trip but they took the time to get to know me. They took me out to dinner and are constantly checking on me. I can tell you one thing when it comes to assisting someone they come running to the opportunity. I am currently a member now and I plan on helping those around me, just as they helped me!!!!!! It's so many good thing I could say about this organization but they are amazing and they do a lot of work for the community!!! The members of this organization are absolutely awesome!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a new student-member of AAUW. I learned about AAUW at the university I currently attend because they recently established an AAUW student organization on campus. My AAUW student org president initiated our sector after attending a NCCWSL conference. She was so inspired that she felt an urge to bring such a powerful organization to her fellow students. Every time I met someone who had been to the conference, they would express to me -with great enthusiasm- that it was imperative for me to attend because it would be life changing. I attended the 2014 conference and would have to say that I was truly overwhelmed with inspiration (if there is such a thing)! I was so amazed to see such a large group of women in full support of one another. When I heard the speakers tell their stories, it felt like a burden had been lifted off my shoulders; as I had no idea that their experiences in reaching their destinations closely relates to those I face on my own journey. The wealth of encouragement, information, resources, and overall sense of power that NCCWSL instilled in all of us is something that I think every woman should experience. As such, I, too, have been inspired to, not only inform and drive more women to attend the NCCWSL conference, but to also heavily recruit more women to join in the wonders that AAUW has done daily for the empowerment of women. Thank you, sincerely, AAUW and NCCWSL!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I did not know much about AAUW until a friend of mine reached out and invited me to apply for a scholarship to go to NCWWSL 2014. I do not believe in coincidence. I know that everything happens for a reason. There was a real reason why I went to that conference; it has honestly changed my life! It was comforting to see that there were like-minded women who desired to achieve that which has been perceived as unattainable. I was able to move forward in my own plans after hearing from strong role models and even stronger peers. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to attending the next conference! One day, I hope to sponsor another eager young woman. It is important to give back. We have to know that in order to truly survive, we need each other. I am currently working on my own business and laying down some solid foundation for my career. Thank you NCWWSL and thank you AAUW!