AAUW Supports…

As members of AAUW, our dues support the AAUW Fund, which has over 20 elements.  (see flyer listing all programs). A few of the programs of the Fund are:

The AAUW Leadership Programs Fund which supports:

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, held annually at the University of Maryland. Learn about the conference, and how you can make additional tax-deductible contributions to support future attendees – who well may be future leaders throughout our society. Several videos are available which show the program well.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, (LAF) which works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace through grants in support of plaintiffs in specific cases, provides a legal referral network for such cases, provides campus outreach programs to inform young women about strategies to be prepared for workplace issues, etc. Recent plaintiffs include some of the lead cases highlighted in the documentary The Invisible War on sexual harassment in the U.S. military system.

AAUW recently signed onto the Amicus Brief in immigrant Abortion Case which is before the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, asking for a class certification and preliminary injunction to allow access to abortion despite immigrant status.

The LAF also has adopted three cases that have the potential to change the legal landscape for women and girls:

  • Portz v St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State College and University Systems regarding Title IX.
  • Spencer v. Virginia State University regarding workplace discrimination.
  • Robb v Lock Haven regarding Title IX.

AAUW’s Eleanor Roosevelt Fund supports the ground-breaking research published by AAUW. A variety of issues have been addressed through AAUW’s research including pay equity and sexual harassment, STEM education, and more. The latest research focuses on women who attend community colleges.

AAUW’s portfolio of programs began with support of fellowships and grants. AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014–15 academic year.  Besides supporting the funds with our donations or fundraising efforts, AAUW members can serve on the panels to select those who will be awarded funds.

AAUW actively advocates on women’s issues on Capitol Hill. Our advocacy staff is supported by a small part of our National dues ($3.00 each) and by donations to the AAUW Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) educational fund (not tax-deductible).

Additionally, our branch supports our own non-profit fund, the LPD AAUW Local Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to students embarking on their third or fourth year of college. Members of the branch are involved with all aspects of this scholarship program.

Finally, our branch has a committee that works hard to send 7th grade girls to a Tech Trek Camp at Stanford University annually. Funds are handled by the AAUW CA Special Projects Fund, another 510(c)(3) non-profit. Branch members promote the program in local schools, select scholarship recipients, and raise funds to support our campers.