Dear AAUW Members and Supporters

March 21, 2014

What would AAUW look like without you?

It’s not a world we want to imagine. After all, for more than 130 years, AAUW members, supporters, and volunteers have changed history by actively improving the lives of women and girls.

It takes countless tasks to keep an organization like AAUW working in so many corners of the world. Yet you do them every day, and the results are powerful. On behalf of the entire AAUW staff at 16th and L in Washington, D.C., we thank you.

We are so grateful for all you’re doing:

Empowering women to open educational doors and enter fields that don’t always welcome them
Supporting groundbreaking research that debunks the myths that keep women from pursuing their education and career goals
Taking AAUW’s research to the next level by bringing it into local communities to change minds and lives
Transforming students into leaders by funding and facilitating training, conferences, and opportunities for mentorship and networking
Fighting discrimination in higher education and the workplace and providing legal advocacy support to right the injustices we see every day
Advocating for equity and education on Capitol Hill and in the halls of local and state governments
Building and sustaining local AAUW communities for yourselves, your friends, your neighbors, and the women who will come after you
Heeding the call to lead AAUW at all levels — branch, state, national, and global
And living lives that inspire others and change history.

There’s no doubt in our minds that the women and girls of today and tomorrow will continue to build on the foundation you have provided. AAUW members of five, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or more years — we treasure you and hold you close. For your work, your passion, and your commitment to AAUW, there are no words but “thanks.”

Over 40 of staff throw their hands up in celebration and hold signs that say Thank You.

This post was written by AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman and AAUW President Patricia Fae Ho.

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  1. Joyce Farruggia says:

    Given the vote at convention last week, we are still not able to bring non-grads to membership. I was, however, interested in the concept of “supporters”. Do all supporters need to be organizations, or can we also engage individuals as supporters? If so, what can be our official relationship with them?
    We already get financial support, grants, from organizations. Is there any way to get financial support from those individuals who support our mission?
    Joyce Farrugga, co-president AAUW/CHAR California

    • Christy Jones, CAE says:

      Thank you so much for your comment and questions about AAUW supporters. Supporters are both individuals and organizations that are regular participants in AAUW activities and strong supporters of our mission. Individual supporters are those that participate in AAUW through our Advocacy efforts, such as the Two-minute activist, or support AAUW by signing and circulating petitions. Many supporters also make donations to AAUW. Organizations are collaborators, like NASPA that is our cohost for NCCWSL and Running Start that co-hosts Elect Her: Campus Women Win. Ultimately, we want each individual supporter and member of collaborating organizations to become members of AAUW, further strengthening our One AAUW. Each AAUW community should seek ways to engage supporters, as volunteers at events, donors at fundraisers, participants in public policy initiatives, etc. Thank you for your membership and leadership within AAUW.

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