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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

AAUW supports education and equity for all girls and women. I grew up with AAUW as both my mother and aunt were active members in AAUW Branches. AAUW has allowed me to interact with many other educated women throughout several states I have worked in.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have sought out AAUW Branchs as I have moved to different states for career opportunites. Finding college educated women in a new location has helped me with networking and finding all kinds of resources. I also grew up being aware of AAUW & its mission of education & advocacy for girls & women through my mother & aunt who were AAUW members for many years.

kryswulff

Donor

Rating: 5

AAUW Funds is a way to be a HIP benefactor. It is High Impact Giving that maximizes my gift for the highest impact for women and girls. I am proud to be a member of the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle that has helped fund the latest AAUW research: "Graduating to a Pay Gap". As a member of the giving circle I can move beyond being an individual benefactor and be an active partner with this phenomenal organization. My individual giving is exponentially greater through this group and enables me to break down barriers for all women and girls. Research and philanthropy go hand in hand, but AAUW Funds also touch women scholars, legal advocacy, and help increase participation by women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and Math). This is only the tip of the AAUW funding iceberg!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW is a nationwide community of educated women who work to break down barriers for all women and girls. Being the first member of my family to receive a college degree, I know firsthand how important an education can be. Working with an incredibly talented staff of researchers, public policy advocates, and development strategists, AAUW is continuing a legacy of 130 years of committment to education, advocacy, research and philanthropy. One girl and woman at a time, in one local community at a time, AAUW continues to open doors and keep equity in the forefront.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW supports education and equity for all women and girls. In 1980, I was one of those young women when I received my AAUW Rachel Carson Endowed Fellowship that saved me a year of graduate school because I could concentrate on my research rather than work for my tuition funding. EVERY year, AAUW supports women's education around the world, giving them voices with which to stand up for themselves and financial support to achieve their goals. AAUW also advocates for the rights of women and girls in a male-dominated society here in the United States. Today reproductive rights are being taken away from women by male-dominated legislatures around the country. AAUW members stand up for those rights and work for women to have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW a first-class nonprofit. I joined after receiving in 1981 an American Fellowship for my graduate work in marine biology. That fellowship saved me a year by freeing my time up to focus on my doctorate. I have been a member since then and served in most levels of leadership at the branch and state levels. I am currently Public Policy Chair for AAUW of Maine. I have also served nationally on grant review panels for AAUW as well as two terms on the Educational Foundation Board. AAUW has improved steadily in my 30 years of involvement, does more, is more effective and efficient with its finances, and conducts its complex programs with skill. It is now a national leader in advocacy for education and equity for women and girls, effectively acting as a change agent for diverse issues (e.g., pay equity, sexual harassment and bullying in schools, getting out the vote, ensuring a healthy environment for raising children. AAUW supports education by providing hundreds of grants to women around the world and for graduate work, educational research, career development, and fields where women are underrepresented.

Ann Terry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For more than 130 years, AAUW has put women and children first. AAUW works for equity for all - but especially for women and girls. Currently AAUW is leading the charge for Pay Equity. With the passage of the LIly Ledbetter Act with AAUW's help, the push is now on to raise the standard of living for women so women get more than 77 cents for every dollar made by a man. Raising that level of equity will impact ALL families nationwide - and what a simple solution to making things better for the American family. AAUW and its 150,000 members deserve our support of their mission - now and always!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For more than 130 years, AAUW has fought for the rights of women and girls. Whether developing the kindergarten system, marching for equal and reproductive rights, working to protect injustices in higher education and many more causes, AAUW has always been at the forefront of actions that make a difference.

Whether providing fellowships for advanced education or for research grants, AAUW promotes equality in education for all. Members raise more than $3 million annually to support the endowments and grants programs. The Legal Advocacy Fund of AAUW provides case-support for women who are involved in litigation in higher education programs nationwide.

Almost 100,000 members work not only at the national level but at the local level on projects and programs that benefit the lives of women, girls and families.

This is an outstanding organization that has a history of "putting its money where the need is" when it comes to issues affecting women and girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is a well-run and growing organization that supports equity for women and girls. They are exception stewards of their finances. They assist selected post graduates with grants and fellowship to help the students reach their goals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW is an outstanding organization. We continue to grow and focus our programs and funding on bringing more women into the STEM fields. AAUW also provides an annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, supports pay educational equity for women. Read about our Get Out The Vote program at www.aauw.org.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

AAUW exists to provide a support network and advocacy group for women affiliated with the historically patricarchal world of higher education, providing women, like myself, with a network of colleagues who share experiences and support each other. The publications and listserv sponsored by AAUW are refreshing reminders not only of how far women have come in this field, but that there is more work to be done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AAUW has been the most amazing organization over the past year of my life and continues to amaze me. My involvement and awareness with the AAUW grew in March 2012 when the AAUW used Legal Advocacy Funds to sponsor a press conference for military rape survivors taking action at the National Press Club. Ms. Linda Hallman, CEO of the AAUW gave an incredibly though-provoking speech and encouraged survivors of military rape to continue to advocate and spark true societal and institutional reform within the Department of Defense and United States. Within minutes of the press conference ending, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, Reuters and the Associated Press all covered extensive stories on-topic and involved, "The Invisible War" multi-award winning documentary. Media inquiries continue to this day as a result of what the AAUW funded, yet also had the foresight to do: advocate for equality and action. I had the most sincere pleasure of attending the Florida State Convention of the AAUW and giving a speech representing how truly touched and grateful I was for their actions. The AAUW raises funds and campaigns for other women whom they may not ever meet. They raise funds, increase awareness and ask for equality on the premise and principle that it is the right thing to do and therefore a call to action is necessary. I have since met my local branch and joined the organization- I firmly believe that all eligible women should. Yesterday, the AAUW announced something even more bold, yet powerful. They will start an "Invisible War Campaign" at the branch level. The influence that this campaign will have over local communities, veterans and society will be monumental. The AAUW has now helped raise the bar even higher for men and women alike regarding ending the epidemic of injustice, sexual trauma and apathy within the military. Now is certainly the time to join this all-encompassing organization. I cannot say enough how truly grateful I am for this life-changing organization.

Paul59

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AAUW has helped me overcome a very difficult situation in my life. They have assisted me as an individual, with integrity and respect, in a time I needed support. I could not imagine having to go through the unfair battles I faced as an individual without having the broad shoulders of the AAUW LAF team. I hold the up most respect for the AAUW because of their mission and actions. They have proven to me that they are a mission driven orginization, not just a name. I am a CEO of a longstanding non profit myself and feel I fully understand the roles and responsibilities required in leading a non profit agency. The AAUW is clearly a leader of all in the areas of respect, responsibility, integrity, honesty and caring. I could not imagine better service in any mission driven orginization. The world is clearly a better place because of the AAUW's good works!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AAUW (Legal Advocacy Fund) came to my rescue so I could continue my fight against my former employer in a Title IX Retaliation Lawsuit. There support was immediate and made a huge impact on all involved with the case. The more I learn about the AAUW the more I realize that all women would benefit from being a part of this organization. As I travel and speak on their behalf I am so embraced and supported by the membership that I am compelled to tell everyone that they should join. I was fortunate and settled my lawsuit and the support I receive from AAUW Women from all across this country gets strronger everyday!! Thanks AAUW!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the American Association for University Women (AAUW) for eight years. AAUW has been serving women for over 100 years in the US. AAUW was one of the main supporters of the effort to get women the right to vote in 1917. AAUW was a central player in getting Title IV passed so that everyone, including women, had access to all public educational opportunities, including athletics. AAUUW has worked faithfully for years for equal pay for women in the workplace, despite many roadblocks. AAUW has a legal defense fund to support women who are challenging the "system" regarding discrimination based on gender. AAUW provides scholarships for women of other countries as well as American women to pursue areas of study related to women's rights and self-sufficiency. The money for the legal defense fund + the scholarships comes from members and others interested in supporting the causes that AAUW promotes, based on their mission statement.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAUW is more than an organization that supports gender equity. As individuals, they are strong, profesisonal, generous, compassionate and rightous human beings. As an LAF supported Plaintiff, I have met some of the most amazing women, who have lifted me up, supported me, and given me the courage to keep going. AAUW leads the charge to help girls and women conquer important issues and become strong leaders.

1 susanmoen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been a member raising funds for AAUW for 34 years, I have come to greatly admire the projects, the information and the quality of the women funded for scholarships. The money is raised in many ways: outright donation, selling books at Book sales, wreath sales, kitchen tours and wine tasting events. You name it the Branches have successfully tried it and made the money to fund their dreams for women and girls equity. As the funds are carefully raised so are the projects and scholarships carefully chosen to give the biggest quality outcome. It is a pleasure to serve the many aims of AAUW.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

My introduction to AAUW came when I was in college at the beginning of the 1950's. My mother was an AAUW member in Auburn, AL and I would occasionally visit the meetings when I was home on vacation. After college I corresponded with a classmate who had gone to Ethiopia to reunite with her father who had been Minister of Justice in the Polish government when the Nazis invaded Poland. He went to North Africa to fight with British Forces against Rommell and settled in Ethiopia after the war and codified Ethiopian law for Haille Selassie! My friend wrote long, interesting, detailed letters about Ethiopia which my mother wove into a program for AAUW! My participation has been on the Program Committee for my branch for several years. I have enjoyed meeting likeminded women who value AAUW's initiatives in education, national policy, etc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On all the issues that impact women and girls, the AAUW remains in the forefront. It lead the nation in pushing for equal opportunities for women in school athletics; it remains steadfast in the push for Pay Equity and personal rights. In these times when women feel under attack, the AAUW plays a vital role in securing equality for all women and offers great hope that religious and political zealots will not determine the course of the nation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a young woman, divorced with two young children, no child support, and working to earn a degree, local AAUW members encouraged my return to college. Only later, middle-aged and married again with a professional career and two more children, did I have time to commit to a volunteer organization. My choice of AAUW was a natural given its commitment to equity for women and education for women and girls. My volunteer work with AAUW locally and at state and national levels brings results and satisfaction. I still work with younger women and old in my local branch to support positive changes in our community and state. The fellowships AAUW supports for women graduates around the world are an important symbol of the path that brought me where I am. A leader in national advocacy for its defining issues, AAUW helps to secure values I am committed to.

2 Patricia32

Board Member

Rating: 4

I joined AAUW when I was a mother of small children in the early ‘70s because it was a lifeline to adult conversation. I stayed on because it became it became clear to me that AAUW is a source of strength, optimism, and esteem-promoting, life-enhancing change for all women of all ages and circumstances. By working together toward equity for women (and therefore equity for all) — in education, in the workplace, in health care benefits — we in AAUW multiply exponentially our individual power to make a difference in the lives of the women and girls who come after us. And through our community programs and scholarships, we encourage an interest in life-long learning and an understanding of what women have contributed down through history. In addition to the pride of knowing that I’ve played a role in all this there has been the reward of personal growth and enrichment from my nine years as branch public policy representative.

Martha B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is the only organization that I support. It is focused on advancing equity for women and girls, it puts millions of dollars toward furthering education and supporting legal action as needed, and each local branch has its own projects that further the mission. I belong to and support AAUW for myself and my friends' daughters, grand daughters, nieces, grand nieces, CHILDFUND foster children AND the men in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first joined AAUW forty years ago as a first time mother in search of adult conversation. Over the years, I have been a member and officer in 8 branches in Virginia and California. Whenever I moved, I knew that I would find like minded women in the local branch of AAUW. And when I didn't find one, I found a group of like minded women and started a branch. During the 80s, I saw women in my branches applying to law school, being accepted, graduating and passing the bar. They inspired me to do the same, breaking through barriers that were present when I first graduated from college and fulfilling a life long dream. I am particularly impressed with the AAUW legislative program and the tools that enable us to connect with our state and national legislators on issues of equity in pay, education, reproductive rights, and justice.

Deana D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The AAUW Board Experience has taught me many leadership skills including public speaking, volunteer and program management.

Kathleen K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today, using the support AAUW gives the volunteers of the Capital Hill Lobby Corps, I was in the office of a US senator. I had attended a briefing prepared by a member of the organization, and was comfortable in my role advocating for girls' athletic opportunities. The legislative chief came out, and I gave him my polite, prepared heartfelt sentence. We talked more, he told me of his neighbor's involvement in the Olympics, and I think I might have gotten the support of this office. I was there for the girls who haven't yet been disappointed. This organization gives me the tools, as a volunteer, to try to make the future better.