Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

American Association of University Women

  • Washington,, DC
  • http://www.aauw.org

Mission Statement

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Main Programs

  1. Fellowships and Grants
  2. Public Policy
  3. Research
  4. Legal Advocacy
  5. Leadership Programs
Service Areas

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International

Nationwide

ruling year

2010

Interim CEO

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Mark Hopkins

Keywords

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gender, AAUW, women, equality, higher education, equity

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Also Known As

AAUW

EIN

52-6037388

 Number

1211734232

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Leadership Development (W70)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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AAUW empowers women by providing educational funding, advocating for laws that are fair, protecting those facing discrimination, researching issues important to women and families, and teaching women and girls to be leaders.

AAUW has supported the education of thousands of brilliant women, some of whom have changed the way the world thinks about physics and chemistry, the effects of pesticides, the psychological development of girls, and the profound harm bullying can cause.

Our groundbreaking research explores why women are paid less than men, the prevalence and harm of sexual harassment and bullying, and why so few girls consider careers in STEM. Our research sparks national dialogues, and our recommendations are implemented across the country.

AAUW’s leadership programs thousands of college women across the country every year through salary negotiation workshops, mentor matches, and trainings to encourage women to run for student government and public office.

Our community services include school-based reading programs, hands-on science camps for girls, and programs to help girls get to college.

Our advocacy victories span nearly a century, from the fight for women’s suffrage to the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the Violence Against Women Act.

We are watchdogs, advising people in positions of power on our priority issues — fair pay, safe schools and communities, high-quality affordable education, and equal opportunity.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Fellowships and Grants

AAUW is a leader in advancing educational, professional, and economic opportunities for women nationally and globally providing more than $3.5 million annually in fellowships and grants. For more than a century, AAUW has been one of the world's premier sources of funding for women pursing advanced degrees, programs fostering girls' achievements and gender equity, and women entering nontraditional fields. AAUW fellowships and grants are awarded through five programs: American Fellowships, Selected Professions Fellowships, International Fellowships, Career Development Grants, and Community Action Grants.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

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Program 2

Public Policy

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Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

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Program 3

Research

Funded by the AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund.

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Education

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Program 4

Legal Advocacy

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Crime & Legal

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Program 5

Leadership Programs

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Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    With a network of more than 170,000 supporters and activists, AAUW is the nation's leading organization that promotes equality and education for women and girls while dispelling the myth that women are somehow responsible for the discrimination they face . AAUW has a comprehensive strategy to achieve these goals. Every year AAUW publishes gender-based research, advocates for laws and policies that are fair to women, provides hundreds of fellowships to women, delivers effective leadership trainings for women and protects the legal rights of those facing discrimination. AAUW is the only organization that uses all these channels ― at the local, state, national, and international levels ― to advance equality and empower women and girls.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    AAUW has been empowering women for more than 130 years in communities and on college campuses across the country. We monitor all our programs to ensure that they meet our rigorous standards for effectiveness, sustainability, and replicability. Our commitment to innovation helps us leverage new technologies to meet changing demand and demonstrate impact. For example, AAUW informs and mobilizes voters whenever key legislation for women and their families makes its way to federal and state dockets. AAUW funds significant, gender-based lawsuits to challenge sex-discrimination. Additionally we aim to increase women’s representation in STEM, by expanding two of our highly successful programs for girls: our week long Tech Trek science camp and our one-day Tech Savvy conference for girls and their parents.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    AAUW has the network, the skills, and the people to achieve our mission. AAUW always has been a member-governed organization made up of well-educated, goal-driven individuals. Our staff is small ― fewer than 100 people ― so our members across the country do much of the work. Every strategy, every tactic reflects the direction, leadership, and participation of our members ― dedicated women and men who are determined to fight for gender equality. With 1,000 branches doing advocacy work and providing direct services in communities across the country, working in coordination with the national office doing the same, AAUW helps people in need, while creating change so that fewer people need help.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    As one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW annually provides millions of dollars in fellowships and grants to women in nearly every state and dozens of countries around the world. In addition, we annually teach more than a thousand women to negotiate their salaries, train nearly a thousand women to run for student government and public office, engage tens of thousands of people with their legislators and AAUW advocates for laws and policies that benefit millions of people.

    To maintain our focus and efficiency, our member-elected board of directors establishes and tracks specific metrics for all our programs and activities and benchmarks accomplishment through rigorous quarterly evaluations. Also, AAUW consistently receives the top marks from the leading independent charity-rating organizations.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    During our 132-year history, AAUW has amassed an impressive collection of accomplishments. Some highlights include leading the effort to pass major anti-discrimination legislation, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 and Title IX back in 1972, as well as the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993. We are particularly well known for our research on the gender pay gap and on women’s participation in STEM fields. And our fellowships and grants have supported women scholars from Marie Curie and Rachel Carson to Melissa Harris-Perry and Christina Gamba, who made a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer.

    There’s a perception that women are somehow to blame for the discrimination they face. This myth isn’t new, and it isn’t true — and we’ve been doing the research to prove it since 1885. In our 1890s pay gap research, survey respondents said that women should be paid less because they “choose” to take care of children. All along, our research has directly addressed that kind of gender bias — from proving that education wouldn’t ruin women’s reproductive capabilities to showing that the pay gap starts right out of college. Today, we continue to fight myths and stereotypes with facts and determination to achieve equality.
Service Areas

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International

Nationwide

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Interim CEO

Mark Hopkins

BIO

Mark Hopkins is interim chief executive officer of AAUW and was appointed to this position by the Board of Directors upon the retirement of the former CEO on July 29, 2016. Mark will manage all AAUW activities and programs while the search is underway for the next CEO.

Prior to taking this position, Mark was chief strategy officer of AAUW and had responsibility for marketing, media and public relations, online content and social media, as well as all revenue generation, including membership and fundraising, strategic alliance and collaboration development, and strategic planning with the other AAUW executive staff members, among other duties. He will continue to manage the majority of these responsibilities as interim CEO.

With more than 25 years of experience working for and with nonprofit organizations, Mark has been an executive with the American Lung Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and USO World Headquarters. As a consultant in his own practice, he has worked with Target Corporation, Estee Lauder Companies, Nike, JP Morgan Chase and Company, World Medical Center, and several others on innovation development, strategic alliance and business development projects, as well as strategic philanthropic efforts.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patricia Fae Ho

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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