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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!

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!

Previous Stories
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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.

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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!