Five-Star National Recognition Program

Every year AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program rewards branches for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and initiatives that foster the mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls. The current program covers branch activities and programs from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 (FY24).

FY24 Five-Star Criteria & Resources


*Only 3 required for a star in this area
  • Raise $30 per member in FY24 towards the Greatest Needs Fund

  • Increase contributions to the Greatest Needs Fund by 15% from the last fiscal year.

  • Retain at least 80% of your branch membership.

  • Make a branch contribution to or register a student to attend NCCWSL.

  • Recruit at least one Legacy Circle member from your branch in FY24.
  • Public Policy & Research
  • Appoint a branch public policy chair for FY24.

  • Conduct an annual meeting with a member of Congress, Governor, or a member of their staff around a strategic plan focus. Branches in the same state can work in coalition to achieve this goal.

  • Host at least one event where there is an opportunity to sign up for the Action Network.
  • Governance & Sustainability

    ** Only 3 Required for a star in this area
  • Branch board institutes a succession plan to ensure new ideas and perspectives are included in future leadership.
  • Branch board develops and uses a strategic plan that aligns with AAUW national strategic plan.
  • Appoint a Diversity Officer* to lead diversity and inclusion planning on behalf of the branch with the support of the board
  • Branch creates and adopts a Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
  • Programs
  • Host at least 4 mission-based programs that align with the AAUW strategic plan.
  • Communications & External Relations
  • All existing website and social media accounts have at least 3-5 postings with a DEI focus in FY24.
  • Benefits

    • FY24 Five-Star Banner for your website
    • FY24 Five-Star success story featured in Membership Matters
    • Five-Star Leadership Briefing
    • Email recognition from AAUW national
    • Branch listing on the national website

    • Recognition in Membership Matters
    • Email recognition from AAUW national
    • Branch listing on the national website

    • Email recognition from AAUW national
    • Branch listing on the national website

    FY24 Application Process

    In summer of 2024, AAUW national will email a survey to branch leaders collecting important data on their work between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Some of the questions on this survey will correlate to the Five Star criteria listed above. Responses to that survey will be used as the Five Star Program application for FY24 and going forward. Membership Matters and member leader emails will provide details on the timing of the survey as we get closer to summer 2024.

    Five-Star Success Stories

    Get advice and inspiration from branches that achieved Five Star success in previous years as you embark on your own journey.

    Read their Words of Wisdom 

    Thank You to Our FY23 Award-Winning Branches

    Alhambra-San Gabriel (CA)
    Antelope Valley (CA)
    Berkeley (CA)
    Hayward-Castro Valley Inc. (CA)
    Madera (CA)
    Ontario-Upland-Rancho (CA)
    AAUW Foothills of El Dorado (CA)
    Porterville (CA)
    West Contra Costa (CA)
    North Peninsula (CA)
    San Luis Obispo (CA)
    Camarillo (CA)
    Santa Clarita Valley (CA)
    Amador (CA)
    Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley (CA)
    Paradise (CA)
    San Ramon (CA)
    Mariposa (CA)
    Wilmington Inc. (DE)
    Pompano (FL)
    Clarion (IA)
    Clinton (IA)
    Davenport-Bettendorf (IA)
    Indianola (IA)
    Crystal Lake Area (IL)
    Decatur (IL)
    Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles (IL)
    Muncie (IN)
    South Bend (IN)
    Shawnee-Mission (KS)
    Wichita (KS)
    Taunton Area (MA)
    Easton (MD)
    Hagerstown (MD)
    Howard County (MD)
    Penobscot Valley (ME)
    Battle Creek (MI)
    Dearborn (MI)
    Farmington (MI)
    Fergus Falls (MN)
    Hastings (MN)
    Asheville (NC)
    Cape Fear (NC)
    Hendersonville (NC)
    Jamestown (ND)
    Atlantic County (NJ)
    Mountain Lakes Area (NJ)
    Northern Monmouth County (NJ)
    Salem County (NJ)
    Summit (NJ)
    Sussex County (NJ)
    Fairport Area (NY)
    Zanesville (OH)
    Pendleton (OR)
    Lake Oswego (OR)
    Bethlehem (PA)
    Bradford (PA)
    Johnstown (PA)
    Reading (PA)
    Puerto Rico Inc. (PR)
    Arlington (TX)
    Hampton (VA)
    Norfolk (VA)
    Portsmouth (VA)
    Tacoma (WA)
    Geneva Lake (WI)

    Fairbanks (AK)
    Little Rock Inc. (AR)
    Scottsdale (AZ)
    Atascadero (CA)
    Marysville-Yuba City Inc. (CA)
    Pacifica (CA)
    Mid-Peninsula Inc. (CA)
    San Diego Inc. (CA)
    San Mateo Inc. (CA)
    Santa Cruz County (CA)
    Santa Maria (CA)
    Visalia-Sequoia Inc. (CA)
    Greater Whittier Area AAUW (CA)
    Thousand Oaks Inc. (CA)
    Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek (CA)
    Poway-Penasquitos (CA)
    Healdsburg (CA)
    Oroville (CA)
    Five Cities-Pismo Beach (CA)
    North Tahoe (CA)
    Brandman University Virtual Branch (CA)
    AAUW Silicon Valley (CA)
    Grand Junction (CO)
    Gainesville (FL)
    Ames (IA)
    Waverly (IA)
    Boise Area Inc. (ID)
    Chicago Inc. (IL)
    Elgin Area (IL)
    Rock Island-Moline (IL)
    Palos-Orland Area (IL)
    Valparaiso (IN)
    Owensboro (KY)
    South Shore Area (MA)
    Harford County (MD)
    Big Rapids (MI)
    Iron Mountain-Kingsford (MI)
    Plymouth-Canton (MI)
    South Haven (MI)
    Livonia (MI)
    Hibbing (MN)
    Red Wing Area (MN)
    Rochester (MN)
    Saint Croix Valley (MN)
    Willmar (MN)
    St. Louis (MO)
    Canton (MO)
    Kirkwood-Webster Groves (MO)
    Billings (MT)
    Orange-Durham-Chatham (NC)
    Greensboro (NC)
    Madison (NJ)
    Somerset Hills (NJ)
    Los Alamos Inc. (NM)
    Ithaca (NY)
    Oswego (NY)
    Poughkeepsie Inc. (NY)
    Grants Pass (OR)
    Roseburg (OR)
    AAUW Oregon Online Branch (OR)
    Harrisburg (PA)
    Indiana County Branch of AAUW (PA)
    Murrysville Area (PA)
    Madison (SD)
    Rapid City (SD)
    Dallas (TX)
    Georgetown (TX)
    Tarrant County (TX)
    Falls Church Area (VA)
    Fairfax City (VA)
    Anacortes (WA)
    Olympia (WA)
    Colville (WA)
    Puyallup Valley (WA)
    Hudson’s Bay (WA)
    Beaver Dam (WI)
    Fond du Lac (WI)
    Green Bay Area (WI)
    Northwoods (WI)
    Sheboygan (WI)
    Tomah (WI)

    Northwest Valley (AZ)
    Del Mar-Leucadia Inc. (CA)
    Marin Inc. (CA)
    Palm Springs (CA)
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (CA)
    Sacramento Inc. (CA)
    San Fernando Valley (CA)
    San Jose Inc. (CA)
    Lompoc-Vandenberg Inc. (CA)
    Colorado Springs (CO)
    Longmont (CO)
    Northern Palm Beach County (FL)
    Vero Beach (FL)
    Greater Naples (FL)
    Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte (FL)
    Valdosta (GA)
    Honolulu (HI)
    Kona (HI)
    Cedar Falls-Waterloo (IA)
    Cedar Rapids Area (IA)
    Aurora (IL)
    Elmhurst Area Branch NFP (IL)
    Springfield (IL)
    Manhattan (KS)
    Kensington-Rockville (MD)
    Ann Arbor Inc. (MI)
    Midland (MI)
    Wyandotte-Downriver (MI)
    Ely (MN)
    Columbia (MO)
    Kansas City-Northland (MO)
    Burlington County NJ Inc. (NJ)
    New Mexico Online (NM)
    Bath (NY)
    Eugene-Lane (OR)
    Beaver Valley (PA)
    Easton (PA)
    Erie (PA)
    Fox Chapel Area (PA)
    Huntingdon (PA)
    Beaufort (SC)
    Lubbock (TX)
    West Harris County (TX)
    St. George (UT)
    Mt. Vernon (VA)
    Virginia Beach (VA)
    Reston-Herndon Area (VA)
    McLean Area (VA)
    Lake Washington (WA)
    Seattle Inc. (WA)
    Milwaukee Inc. (WI)
    Monona-Madison AAUW (WI)


    Chico (CA)
    Fremont (CA)
    Napa County (CA)
    Redding Inc. (CA)
    Laguna Beach (CA)
    Aurora (CO)
    Saint Augustine (FL)
    Iowa eNetwork (IA)
    Naperville Area (IL)
    Rockford Area Branch (IL)
    Northville-Novi (MI)
    Minneapolis (MN)
    Capital (NV)
    Middletown (OH)
    State College (PA)
    Lansdale (PA)
    San Antonio Inc. (TX)
    Springfield-Annandale (VA)
    West Suburban Milwaukee (WI)
    Fort Atkinson (WI)
    Janesville (WI)
    Racine (WI)

    La Mesa-El Cajon (CA)
    Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Inc. (CA)
    Morgan Hill (CA)
    Indianapolis (IN)
    Salem (OR)
    Austin (TX)
    Northeast Tarrant County (TX)
    Appleton (WI)
    River Falls (WI)
    Racine (WI)

    Questions or Concerns?

    Contact Tremayne Parquet, Deputy Director of Advancement, at

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