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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

119 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!

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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Caroline O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While women and girls have made progress toward achieving equity, we are not quite there. AAUW both highlights disparities and works to eliminate them. We all benefit when everyone (both male and female) can contribute, without constraints or obstacles, his or her talents to make the world a better place. The work of AAUW is essential and benefits everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a member of AAUW since 1973. This organization is the best national group advancing women and girls in the United States. AAUW has been "empowering women since 1881." From the National offices in Washington, DC to all of the branches work is being done in the areas of Public Policy,Philanthropy, and Education. AAUW has been a mainstay of my volunteer work, and will continue to be for as long as I can serve the organization.Any donations received are treated in a transparent way, with the Donor's wishes always uppermost. Any person interested in bettering the lives of women and girls should be a member. Judy Horan, Corona,CA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW has been advancing equity for women and girls for over 130 years. I am a proud member and volunteer with the San Francisco branch, a leader in the community contributing scholarships for college going women and raising funds to send middle school girls to Tech Trek math and science camp every summer. AAUW is the go-to organization for research on Gender Pay Equity, Women in Community Colleges, and Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Schools. AAUW is as relevant and vital today as it was in 1881 and will be until there is true equity for women and girls everywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a longtime member who has served in leadership roles on the Branch and State levels of AAUW in Florida I am so impressed with the accomplishments of AAUW. It is the commitment and dedication of its members and leaders that make things happen for young women! I have attended many National Conventions leaving each so inspired and honored! There is no organization that does what AAUW does in promoting and offering "real experiences" for middle school girls in the fields of STEM as it does at its week-long TECH TREK Camps throughout the country. I have been a volunteer at AAUW-Florida Tech Trek 2013 and 2014......marvelous undertakings. I have also attended AAUW's National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland. This is another outstanding event that AAUW offers to young women from all over the country.

AAUW is truly a non-profit organization that uses its funds to further the advancement of women. I have been a member, an elected leader, an appointed leader and a donor of this worthwhile organization. This organization has become my passion!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the 24 years I've been a member of AAUW, I have gained the self confidence and skills to work toward equity for women and girls, both in the workplace and in education. AAUW is always at the forefront of issues concerning equity and the advocacy work it does is needed now more than ever. The fellowships and grants awarded by AAUW help ensure that women can pursue their educations and work on projects such as finding a cure for cancer, providing wellness programs for the senior population and educating women about a multitude of health and safety issues. When I contribute to AAUW, I know that my money is well spent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a longtime member of AAUW, I continue to watch the growth and dedication of this organization to advance equity for women and girls. The women and men who belong to this organization have a strong commitment to provide educational and leadership opportunities to women, to advocate for women who experience sex discrimination in the workplace and in higher education, and to advocate for policies that advance equity for women and girls. As I see the work of AAUW nationally and at the state and local level to benefit women, young and old, I continue to be a proud member and supporter of this organization. Over the years as I have moved across the country, AAUW at the local level is the organization that I can always count on to provide me with support, a feeling of belonging, and interaction with a group of men and women who are passionate about AAUW’s mission.

Linda214

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is an outstanding organization that works both nationally and locally to advance equity for women and girls. As a member I have participated in many projects that have made a difference. AAUW is recognized nationally as a leading non partisan voice on women's issues. I have served in a variety of leadership roles at both the branch and state level and encourage other women to join AAUW to help make a difference. Even if you are not a member you can make your voice heard on issues that are important to women by signing up to receive AAUW's Action alerts.

Jane27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend brought me to my first AAUW branch meeting. The women there were so committed to AAUW's mission and so interesting that I joined, although that had not been my intention. Since then I have been drawn further and further into the organization, serving on my branch and state board and on the national College/University Relations Committee. Working with students and introducing them to the issues that women face have become a passion with me. Empowering women and especially young women is so important for the future of this country. AAUW offers programs that are especially relevant for female students. The $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops teach them how to negotiate for the starting salary that they deserve, and Elect Her-Campus Women Win trains them to run for student office, thus opening the way for them to be politically active when they graduate. The annual National Convention for College Women Student Leaders provides networking opportunities, inspiration, and leadership and career-planning skills. These programs empower young women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend introduced me to AAUW by inviting me to a branch meeting. The women there were enthusiastic and intelligent, and the branch had interesting programs. Over the years I gradually became more and more involved in the organization, along the way learning how it advances its mission to promote equity and opportunity for all women and girls. Recently I've been working with AAUW's College/University program and the bright young women introduced to AAUW through their institution's partner membership. Through AAUW young women learn about issues that will face them once they graduate; they learn leadership skills; they learn to fight for justice in combating gender discrimination, how to negotiate for fair salaries and benefits, and how to run for elected office--all skills that will stand them in good stead in the future. Empowerment of young women is one of the crucial benefits of AAUW.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW tirelessly pursues the status of women in the country through education (4,000,000) of scholarships and grants annually, advocacy (40 volunteers on the Washington scene) research (currently focusing on Community College's role in educating women and the problems there's women face) and philanthropy.

Park T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so pleased to be involved with AAUW. I am currently volunteering my time to go into 6th grade classrooms and try to inspire kids ( especially girls) to pursue careers in the STEM field. I received a grant from my state ( MO) to do this program. We( 3 of us) dress up as important women who have contributed to the fields of Math or Science. I portray Rear Admiral Grace Hopper , Grandmother of Computers. I also have Dr. Barbara McClintock a Nobel Winning geneticist, Dr. Eugenia Clark, The shark Lady, and Miss Maria Mitchell.....1st American Astronomer. The evaluations that the 6th grade students are so totally inspiring..................we touch lives.....all volunteer work.
Cheers,
Pam

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AAUW for 40 years. I have seen many wonderful results of the goals and objectives of the organization. Funding has been provided to women to further their education for many decades and AAUW has been considered the largest non-profit provider of funds for women in higher education. All of us "out in the field" are not paid for our time, and we are dedicated providers of funds for the projects, scholarships, and discrimination/harassment law suits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW has been empowering women since since 1881. I have been a proud member for 30 years and for each of those years, AAUW has made an impact on the lives of women and girls. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, which has been a particular interest of mine, works to challenge sex discrimination in Higher Education and the Workplace through support of plaintiffs in court cases. Many of these women would not receive justice without support from AAUW. My life has been greatly enriched because of AAUW.