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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

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW provides support for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. I personally worked on a grant funded by AAUW to enhance science education for middle school girls. It was an amazing project that would not have happened without AAUW support

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW provides an opportunity for women to join a local group (branch) of women who are simillar minded in wanting to advocate for equity for women and girls. Last summer I relocated to New Bern, NC with my husband from MI where I was an AAUW member. I contacted the New Bern Branch President about joining AAUW. She responded to me from Israel where she was traveling at the time inviting me to the Branch's Sept. meeting. In August she invited me to a special meeting of NC State representatives where I learned about a Pilot Project for Public Policy to be initiated in 2011. I volunteered to be our branch Public Policy "sender" providing information updates as well as "Take Action" advocacy opportunities on the Federal and State level for our New Bern Branch members who signed on to participate in the pilot. This volunteer opportunity proves to be very educational for me. I am grateful to help our members become more involved in Public Policy. I am learning so much about the NC Legislature in my newly "adopted" state. Our NC General Assembly is currently in session and it is amazing to follow legislation re. Education which is the issue we are following. Besides making new friends I am now volunteering in a new area, Public Policy that I find very rewarding and a way to challenge my mind at age 68. Thanks so much AAUW!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participated in Pay Equity Day in MO. Women on average make 77 cents to $1 a man make in his career. $1.2 million less AAUWMO delivered informational packets to our state & federal legislators on 4/17/2012.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the many years when women's organizations shied away from advocacy - were fearful of "controversy" - AAUW never lost sight of its mission. During those years, AAUW was a beacon for women committed to press for equity and justice, energizing so many of us. I'm proud to be a part of AAUW and its work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. They worked hard and stay focus on the needs of women and children. It is such a dynamic and powerful group of women that I always feel empowered to achieve anything when I am around them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I joined AAUW in 1995, I have participated in several of its activities including grassroots lobbying in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on issues that are critically important to women, girls and families including supporting the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and advocating on behalf of the Paycheck Fairness Act. I have been provided with excellent briefings and issue papers that prepare me for our visits to the Senate and the House. I advocate for and against the proposed bills, provide information to support our positions on the bills, answer questions raised by staff members and help them understand our views on the bills and the importance of these to our members. I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of woman and girls throughout our country by being involved in the advocacy efforts of the AAUW. I am part of the AAUW International Conversation and Cultural Exchange groups where I have opportunities to meet diplomats from around the world, get to know them and share information about their countries and their culture and our country. These meetings with diplomats help to promote peace between different people and countries. I have attended many branch meetings where issues that are important to women including Title IX and educational opportunities, healthcare for women, and pay equity, among other issues, are discussed. I have met many friends through AAUW. I love AAUW and highly recommend this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the AAUW! I am a grassroots volunteer lobbyist for AAUW which means I join other AAUW members who are part of Lobby Corps and go to Capitol Hill whenever Congress is in session to lobby on bills that are important to women and families. I love to be involved in a dynamic organization like AAUW which is working everyday to better the lives of all women and families. I like keeping up with the important issues being discussed in the Senate and the Congress. I also participate in the international conversation groups that AAUW hosts with the international community. Twice a month we host coffees that the spouses of the diplomats attend and we discuss a variety of topics. This is a wonderful way to learn more about countries around the world and make some lasting friendships with women from other countries. I have been a member of AAUW for about 17 years and am very happy I joined.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined AAUW in 1974 when I returned to my alma mater as a professor in the English Department. I was mentored by Dr. Lucille Griffith, who had been mentored and was a personal friend of Dr. Hallie Farmer, who had been a professor at Montevallo for 30 years. Hallie Farmer is my hero; her courage, her passion for promoting civil rights, equal rights, fairness in society has been my inspiration. My goal has been to continue the fight that Hallie Farmer began on a small, liberal arts campus in central Alabama and continued successfully in Washington with AAUW. With her as a model, I have become an activist in public policy, at the local, state, and national levels. In my role as a teacher, I have tried to encourage young women, students and professionals, to become involved in politics, in public service, in AAUW. No other organization provides as much leadership--in its research in women's issues, in its advocacy in government, in its support of educational fellowships, in its legal advocacy for change. I am proud to have AAUW as a major part of my professional and personal resume.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I joined AAUW because a friend was a member. I have found, though, that I've made many new friends through AAUW. Just as important, it provides me with accurate, up-to-date national public policy information and an opportunity to serve my community through our scholarship fund program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AAUW since the mid-70s. I joined because I had suffered employment discrimination and wanted to be part of an organization that was working hard -- and effectively -- to make significant inroads. One of the reasons I've maintained my membership all these years is because AAUW is always ready and able to take a leadership role to meet the challenges women continually face. In addition, AAUW has provided a place for me to develop leadership skills. Even when I fell flat on my face, another member was there to tell me how gracefully I took that fall. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served AAUW in many leadership roles in four different states.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an AAUW member since 1993. Working with AAUW in branch leadership positions has honed my consensus-building skills and my organizational capacity. Working with Lobby Corps has taught me to speak out on issues of importance to women and girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW has provided me with a truly unique volunteer experience. Along with over 30 other women in the Washington DC area, I am a part of Lobby Corps. We extend the policy advocacy of all members in local affiliates by meeting each Thursday morning to be briefed on particular legislation and then talk to talk face-to-face with congressional staffers about the issues. Most of us on Lobby Corps have been volunteering in this way for years.