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!
I have been a member of AAUW since 1984 and am especially pleased with the work done by the Educational Foundation, Legal Advocacy Fund, the AAUW Fellowships and Grants and the excellent AAUW research work . All of this has served to improve the lives of women and girls not only in the U.S., but worldwide. I am a proud member and AAUW donor!
I have served in many roles in AAUW. I am a second generation member brought to membership by my mother under the proviso that I would be a branch member for one year on her dime just to get to know the organization. To say I was reluctant is an understatement but I did it and by the end of the year I was a life member, asked to join the state board and my branch board and on my way to eventually serving on the national board. In between time I received a Community Action grant and was able with the assistance of many other members to put on the first Statewide Educational Roundtable on Shortchanging America - Shortchanging African American Girls followed by a similar local roundtable focused on Shortchanging Hispanic American Girls. The Shortchanging Research provided the impetus for both of these events. Every dollar that I give goes toward research, leadership development and bringing more equity to the women and girls of America and the world. I have always found that both my money and my volunteer efforts have been well used and respected. I have personally gained from the opportunities in leadership development as well as the feeling of empowerment as AAUW has positively changed the world for women and girls. Each role that I have had - member, volunteer, grant recipient, life long learner, leader and donor - is important to me but I count donor as the most important because it is through my donations that I feel I have the greatest long term impact. Thanks, Paula Jean Yukna
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!
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.
I am gratified by AAUW's growing impact in equity issues for women and girls. I have examined the 990s and feel my donations are being used in a productive and ethical way.
I was honored to be a recipient of the AAUW's prestigious Education Fellowship. Having this fellowship provided financial support for finishing my doctoral research on what undermines women from sustaining physical activity motivation and participation. The year I had the fellowship, I traveled around my state and spoke to a handful of local AAUW groups to share my dissertation findings.
The dedication and passion that AAUW members have was evident and I enjoyed learning more about AAUW in the process.
One thing I did learn that was concerning to me was that most college-aged women I spoke to at my university had never heard about the AAUW.
My hope for AAUW is that they are able to hook into the younger generation on college campuses to further strengthen the group.
My research, partially funded by the AAUW, has been a platform for my professional success! I feel very fortunate.
Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH
I joined AAUW as I was completing my MA as a member at large, in 1980. Since that time I've been an active member and officer in both Ohio and Texas. The various fundraising efforts in all the branches I've belonged to are focused directly on helping other women achieve their higher educational goals. Everytime I hear one of the women speak who received AAUW assistance to achieve her goals, I'm so gratified that I belong to a national and local organization that can work so hard to make donations that will make such a difference in so many lives.
AAUW has provided me a life time of leadership opportunities that eventually lead to my career as an Executive Director of a Foundation supporting youth development. For nearly 20 years I was a stay at home mother doing volunteer service activities, but with 2 or my 3 sons in college, it was time to go back into the work force. The leadership skills learned at the community and state level in AAUW opened the door for me at the University. We often say volunteers can go back to work after being out of the workforce for extended periods of time. In my case it is true. As a result I have included AAUW in my estate plan.