Philanthropy at Work
National Fellowships, Grants, Awards, and Research
AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Each year AAUW provides millions of dollars in fellowships, grants, and awards for outstanding women around the globe and for community action projects. AAUW also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education.
Support your favorite AAUW programs with tax-deductible gifts.
Giving unrestricted gifts to AAUW Funds (#9110) is the best way to provide general support to AAUW, our 501(c)(3) organization, where it is most needed for charitable programs. We also make it possible for you to restrict your tax-deductible gifts to specific funds or programs. By giving unrestricted gifts to AAUW Funds, you receive the benefit of a tax-deduction and you make it possible to respond to the most urgent needs and greatest opportunities to break through educational and economic barriers — and you make the biggest impact on women and girls who are working for their fair chance. Read frequently asked questions on supporting AAUW programs or see the AAUW Fund diagram for more information.
Following are descriptions of the funds you support with your unrestricted gifts to AAUW Funds. Gifts to all of these funds are tax deductible.
The Legal Advocacy Fund supports the protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination. Some of LAF’s programs include
- Legal Case Support, which protects LAF plaintiffs by supporting workplace sex discrimination cases.
- LAF Case Support Travel Grants, which protect AAUW members through educational programs about legal rights delivered by LAF plaintiffs and lawyers.
Campus Outreach Projects, which protect college students from discrimination, harassment, and assault through on-campus program grants.
The Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success. Some of our programs include
- Fellowships and Grants: There are hundreds of endowed fund numbers, each for a specific fellowship, career development grant, community action grant, or selected professions award. Continue to reference the same fund numbers you have always used.
- The Fellows Alumnae Initiative, which inspires women by providing access to the network of past and current AAUW fellows and grantees.
- AAUW Tech Trek, which educates and inspires eighth grade girls across the country in science, technology, engineering, and math through weeklong camps.
The Public Policy Fund supports advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women. Public policy programs include
- Government Relations: AAUW advocates on Capitol Hill and in the White House, ensuring that our voices are heard in the halls of Congress and at the tables of power when decisions that affect women and girls are made.
- Civic Engagement, which helps women act as their own advocates by providing members with the information and tools to build robust woman-to-woman voter registration and turnout drives in their communities.
- Field Organizing, which engages individuals and branches in public policy advocacy through Impact Grants, Action Network, the Two-Minute Activist program, and Washington Update.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund supports AAUW research to provide analysis, data, and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls. Past reports include Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2010), Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (2011), The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2012), and Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Gradation (2012).
The Leadership Programs Fund (#4339) supports programs that develop women’s potential to lead in their schools, communities, and country. Leadership programs include
- The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders: Attendees develop their leadership skills, networks, and ambition at this acclaimed, intensive three-day conference held annually in Washington, D.C.
- Campus Action Projects: AAUW awards grants to campus leaders to deliver programs guided by the findings and recommendations of AAUW research to address a gender-based issue in their community. Replicable or ongoing projects are selected to provide continued leadership training and support for women leaders.
- Elect Her, which teaches leaders the skills they need to run for student government. This program successfully increases the number of women who are involved in making decisions that affect all students on campus. These student leaders are also introduced to a national network of women who are running for and holding public offices.
How to Make a Donation
Please make all checks payable to AAUW Funds. If you prefer to restrict your gift to a specific fund, please indicate the name or number of the fund in the memo section of your check or any accompanying document and mail to AAUW, P.O. Box 98045, Washington, DC 20090-8045. Or you can contribute online using our secure website.
If you have any questions about giving to AAUW or would like to receive information about including AAUW in your estate plans, please contact us at 202.728.3307 or contact us by e-mail.
Contributions to all of these programs are fully tax deductible.
Montana Research and Projects Grant
AAUW-Great Falls has recently finished funding an AAUW Research and Projects grant in commemoration of their upcoming one hundredth branch anniversary (2014). You can still make a tax-deductible contribution to this Great Falls Branch Career Development Grant (Fund #4302).