AAUW Fund Facts — Vol. 7, Issue 3

Chair’s Chat

Let us do more, be more, and give more.
“2x2s”: Convention Reports and Resources to Help You Reach Your Goals
Hello, all! We are delighted to be starting a new biennium and happy to be co‑chairing this active and vital committee. There is much going on!

During the 2013 National Convention in New Orleans, each AAUW committee presented two highlights from the previous year and two goals for the future. These “2x2s” (2-by-2s) gave a concise overview of how our committees and national staff are working together to empower women and meet specific goals set by the board. Most important, these reports offered a sneak peek of what’s in store for the coming year. Here are the “2x2s” from the Fundraising Committee, as well as links to new and updated resources for your state or branch’s work.


  • Completed funding of 13 fellowships and grants and provided scholarships for the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders to every eligible applicant for three years in a row
  • Secured the highest possible scores from several charity-rating groups for our financial stability, transparency, accountability, and impact


  • Grow philanthropy to AAUW so that we can increase the number of women who receive our fellowships, grants, and scholarships from 366 to more than 500; increase the number of girls who attend AAUW science camps from 250 to 350; increase the number of Elect Her–Campus Women Win sites from 28 colleges to 38; increase funding for Legal Advocacy Fund plaintiffs; and fight harder than ever to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Provide training for the philanthropic work of member leaders through increased personal and professional development and dissemination of industry best-practice information to branch and state fundraising chairs

The following links lead to resources from the fundraising workshops presented in New Orleans. Among the documents are How to Find Fundraising Resources Online, the AAUW Funds Diagram, Contribution Report Form, Fundraising Ideas, and IRS Charitable Contributions Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements.

These documents are designed to help you with your role in achieving the AAUW mission and inspiring others in your branch to do the same. Our work together is helping deliver much-needed local and national programs to advance equity for women and girls. Together, we’ll do more, be more, and give more.

Happy fall planning! We hope you have a successful AAUW year and that you will keep us posted on your successes!

Diane Patton Diane B. Ludwig
Diane Patton
Co-Chair, National Fundraising Committee
Diane B. Ludwig, CFRE
Co-Chair, National Fundraising Committee

You Are Not Seeing Double!

There are now two Dianes heading the AAUW National Fundraising Committee. We are pleased to announce that Diane Patton of AAUW of Iowa has joined Diane Ludwig of the AAUW St. Louis (MO) Branch in co-chairing the committee. Our best wishes to both of them for a successful tenure!

Have a Fellowship or Grant? See Whose Life You Changed for the Better!

The 2013–14 class of AAUW Fellowship and Grant recipients has been announced. See who your fellowship or grant sponsored in our updated online directory. You can search by fund number (suggested) or sponsor name. Then click on the recipient’s name to see a picture and read more about her. For help accessing the directory, read our more detailed instructions.

Not sure what your fund number is, or if you even have a fund? Give us a call at 800.326.2289 or send us an e-mail at development@aauw.org.

Want to sponsor a fellowship or grant recipient every year? Find out how to establish an endowment.

FUNdraising Idea: Mission-Based Programming + Community Outreach = Movie Screenings!

Nothing raises consciousness about issues as much as a well-crafted documentary, and now, thanks to Tugg.com, you can use film to educate your community and introduce them to your AAUW branch. Tugg has helped us create a library of movies based on AAUW issues. Tugg secures the theater for you, determines the number of tickets that need to be sold (the “threshold”), and helps you promote your event. It’s that easy! Obviously, the threshold would be higher for a Saturday evening than for a Tuesday afternoon, but either is possible. You can even host panel discussions or meet and greets after your screening. Contact Leslie Cantor at Tugg today for more information or to set up your first screening!

AAUW: Charity Rock Star!

AAUW has cultivated quite a lot of accolades from charity-rating organizations lately. For the third year in a row, we earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. This is the highest rating they give, and only 10 percent of charities on their site can boast this top honor.

GreatNonprofits.org also offers ratings of AAUW. We are currently in the running to become a top-rated Great Nonprofits charity for 2013, but we need your help! Can you spare two minutes? This is an opportunity to share the impact AAUW has had on you and your community. Share your story by visiting the site and clicking “write a review.”

Philanthropy Spotlight: AAUW Legacy Circle

Make a commitment to helping women and girls in the future by including AAUW in your estate plans. Joining the Legacy Circle is easy. Designating AAUW as a beneficiary in your will or charitable trust are the most common options, while many find that giving through other vehicles like retirement plans, life insurance policies, and charitable gift annuities can provide a simple avenue to create a legacy within AAUW as well. As a member of the AAUW Legacy Circle, you will receive a beautiful pin designed by Swarovski to honor your generosity and commitment to the future of women and girls.

Please contact Catherine Heffernan Gibson in the AAUW Planned Giving office at 877.357.5587 or gibsonc@aauw.org with any questions about the Legacy Circle, or to let us know that you have already included AAUW in your estate plans.

Feel free to reach out to the Legacy Circle chair in your area:

Northern California Elisabeth Bathgate (510.581.0461)
Southern California Judith Horan (951.737.6868)
Florida Patricia Ross (386.252.1659)
Illinois Marla Kim Benziger (847.945.9081)
Iowa Florine Swanson (515.852.4360)
Missouri Sue Barley (314.361.2920)
Oregon Claudia Gray (503.292.4809)
Texas Jackie Littleton (903.534.4677)
Virginia Neola Waller (757.217.2356)
Washington Jacquelyn DeFazio (360.387.1694)
Wisconsin Ann Gustafson (715.425.2516)

Information about the AAUW Legacy Circle, potential giving options, and the Legacy Circle brochure and forms are available online. Please let us know how we can help you create a lasting impact.

New Endowments Help You Support International and Leadership Programs

At the national convention in New Orleans this summer, two new funds were announced. As a leader of AAUW’s fundraising efforts, it is essential that you have the scoop on these two new endowments.

The first Leadership Opportunity Fund has been created in honor of Carol R. Virostek, a Connecticut-based AAUW leader and longtime chair of the national College and University Committee who has been instrumental in making campus leadership programs such as NCCWSL, Elect Her, and student organizations the successes they are today. Once completed, this fund will help shape the next generation of AAUW leaders and advocates in perpetuity. You can support this fund by giving to fund #4378 online.

The first International Project Grants Fund honors Carolyn Joslin Donovan, who served as AAUW’s United Nations representative for 12 years. International Project Grant recipients are past AAUW International Fellows who receive additional funds to improve the social advancement and economic empowerment of women and girls in the fellows’ home countries. Once completed, this endowment will sponsor an International Project Grant recipient every year. You can support this fund by giving to fund #4377 online.

A noteworthy aspect of the new International Project Grant endowment type is the lower establishment and completion threshold. To learn more about both new endowment types, please visit the endowment page on the AAUW website.


The Fundraising Committee is dedicated to providing the information you and your members need to implement and support AAUW programs. Please contact the Fundraising Committee or Development staff with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to help!

Fund Facts feedback: fundfacts@aauw.org
AAUW Development staff: development@aauw.org
Diane Ludwig: dbludwig22@aol.com
Diane Patton: diane.patton46@gmail.com
Susan Barley: barley@ameripost.com
Marla Kim Benziger: marlakim2@aol.com
Claudia Gray: claudiag63@comcast.net
Judith Horan: queenjah@pacbell.net
Shelley Mitchell: sdm2@humboldt.edu
Yvonne Morrison: ydmorrison@msn.com
Valerie Sanford: valsanford@mac.com
David Kirkwood: davidlkirkwood@cs.com

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