Five Star National Recognition Program:
July 2019 – June 2020

Overview


The Five Star National Recognition Program rewards affiliates (states, branches, other organizations) for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls. The program is designed to promote cohesion between AAUW national and affiliates and increase understanding and implementation of the strategic plan goals. National recognition allows AAUW National to acknowledge and celebrate affiliates that advance AAUW’s mission.


Five Star Criteria and Resources

(Successful completion of an area of focus results in receipt of a star.)

Criteria & Resources

Area of Focus States Branches Other Organizations Helpful Resource Links
Programs

(Note: All required to
obtain a star)

  • Ensure that 90% of branches in your state hold 3-5 strategic plan-related programs in FY20.
  • Set a statewide goal for Work Smart Online and recognize your branches that are committed to the challenge and reaching goals.
  • Appoint someone in your state or organize a task force to promote the Work Smart Program. (aka “Members Mobilize a Million.”)
  • Complete the community resource mapping exercise as a state.
  • Host 3-5 strategic plan- related programs (e.g., Forum on economic security, Work Smart Online Training Day, Operation Equity: Reading for Results participation, panel on women and leadership) in FY20.
  • Representative(s) from the branch complete the community resource mapping exercise.
  • Host 2-3 strategic plan-related programs (e.g. discussion on economic security, panel on women and leadership, roundtable on issues on campus) in FY20.
  • Work with a campus to host Start Smart.
Advancement

(Note: 2 required to obtain a star)

  • 75% of branches in your state raise the $30 per capita gift (member) in greatest needs fundraising goal. (Note: This is above membership dues.)
  • Increase the Legacy Circle Members in your state by 10%.
  • Reach 100% participation in the Membership Payment Program in your state.
  • Retain 90% of your branch members statewide.
  • $30 per capita (member) gift raised for greatest needs. Shift focus in branch giving from fellowships and grants/LAF to greatest needs or strategic plan focus areas by 50%.
  • Retain 90% or more of your branch membership and submit annual dues by September 30.
  • Increase the Legacy Circle Members in your state by 10%.
  • Raise $1,000 to support AAUW’s mission.
  • Ensure everyone in organization is a national member/student associate.
Communications & External Relations

(Note: All required to obtain a star)

  • States’ and branches’ websites and/or social media include an Economic Security Focus and Work Smart Online. (Note: Monthly posts are required for social media; Work Smart Online must be included on the website home page.)
  • All existing websites and social media presences include an Economic Security Focus and Work Smart Online.
  • (Note: Monthly posts are required for social media; Work Smart Online must be included on the website home page.)
  • Organizations’ websites and social media presences include Work Smart Online. (Note: Monthly posts are required for social media; Work Smart Online must be included on the website home page.)
Public Policy & Research

(Note: States that do not have annual legislative calendars are only required to complete two activities.)

  • Conduct an annual meeting with the governor or both U.S. senators around a strategic plan focus.
  • Appoint a state public policy chair and ensure all of your branches have public policy chairs.
  • Host a lobby day at your state house focused on AAUW’s public policy priorities.
  • Conduct an annual meeting with U.S. representative(s) and/or state legislators around a strategic plan area of focus.
  • Ensure a branch public policy chair is appointed who collaborates with the state public policy chair.
  • Host at least one public event where Action Network sign-ups are collected.
  • Host at least one public event where Action Network sign-ups are collected.
Governance & Sustainability

(Note: All required to obtain a star)

  • Align state strategic plan with AAUW national.
  • The state board institutes a succession plan to ensure new ideas and perspectives are included in the future leadership.
  • Align planning with state and AAUW national strategic plans.
  • Branch board institutes a succession plan to ensure new ideas and perspectives are included in the future leadership.
  • Organization’s board institutes a succession plan to ensure new perspectives are included in future leadership.
  • Organization should register with national annually.

Five Star Recognition

Five Stars

State Branch Other Organizations
  • Along with 5-Star recognition, if 75% of your branches have 4 stars or above,
    AAUW will provide customized presentation to your state from AAUW Chief Executive Officer and/or Board Chair at an agreed-upon event.
  • Invitation to online briefing by senior leadership.
  • Success stories highlighted in national communication, including e-newsletters.
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.

  • Invitation to online briefing by senior leadership.
  • Success stories highlighted in national communication, including e-newsletters.
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.
  • Invitation to online briefing by senior leadership.
  • Success stories highlighted in national communication, including e-newsletters.
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.

Four Stars

State Branch Other Organizations
  • Success stories highlighted in national communication, including e-newsletters.
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program
  • Recognition on the website.

  • Success Stories highlighted in national communication, including e-newsletters
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.

Three Stars

State Branch Other Organizations
  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.

  • Website/social media badges.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Recognition on the website.

Two and under

State Branch Other Organizations
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.

  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.
  • Email thanking them for their participation in the program.

Enter your submissions here!

The 5 Star application can be completed by a Branch President, Branch Finance Officer, Program Officer, or Membership Vice President. If you are not already logged in to the AAUW website, please log in before starting this process.

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For any questions or concerns, please contact fivestar@aauw.org


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