Champions for Women and Girls

Become a Champion

AAUW Champions for Women and Girls are generous donors dedicated to empowering, engaging, inspiring, and preparing women and girls to meet the obstacles and issues facing them today and in the future. Our Champions help AAUW reach our goal of pay equity for all, support women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and continue our fight for Title IX and Title VII protections.

The AAUW Champions for Women and Girls program recognizes individuals who have made a significant financial commitment to advancing equity for women and girls. The Champions program honors donors who annually give single or cumulative gifts of $5,000 or above. Multiyear commitments are encouraged to support deeper investments in our programs.

Champions will be recognized in five levels with the following benefits:

Bronze: $5,000–9,999

  • Champions pin, recognition in AAUW annual report and at select AAUW events, acknowledgment in AAUW impact updates, recognition on the AAUW website, and an invitation to phone briefings

Silver: $10,000–19,999

  • All bronze benefits as well as an invitation to annual State of Women and Girls webinar, inclusion in private regional event hosted by AAUW board chair and/or convention receptions, and a dedicated AAUW staff liaison

Gold: $20,000–29,999

  • All silver benefits as well as a special program update, a VIP tour of AAUW’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and recognition on the AAUW national building digital wall

Platinum: $30,000–49,999

  • All gold benefits as well as chief executive officer updates on AAUW programs and initiatives and preferred seating at convention plenaries and other select events

Diamond: $50,000 and up

  • All platinum benefits as well as a personal visit from the chief executive officer, invitations to introduce speakers at AAUW events and welcome other Champions, and photo opportunities with keynote speakers at events

AAUW Champions for Women and Girls as of December 1, 2018


Cheryl Sorokin


Anonymous (3), Susan Barley, Elisabeth Bathgate, Loryann Eis, Bani Mahadeva, Eileen Menton, Nancy Neal, Judith Sensibar, Cheryl Sorokin, Anna Stern, Maurita Stueck, and Janet Wert Crampton.


Anonymous, Alice Bartelt, Marla Kim and Robert Benziger, Amy Blackwell, Julia Brown, June Carlson, Stephen Charles, Kimberly Churches, Yvonne Condell, Kendra Davis, Faye Dykstra, Loryann Eis, Nasorlah Farokhi, Tena Gallagher, Carolyn Garfein, Jane Goldsmith, Claudia Gray, Emily Hackler, Joan Harberson, Carol Heintzelman, Patricia Fae Ho, Judith Horan, Phyllis Keiley-Tyler, Karen and David Kirkwood, Sarah Maasz, Stephanie Malaney, Rob and Carol Manegold, Betsy McDowell, Virginia McGraw, Marcia Lynn McKenzie, Patricia Morgan, Mary Mostaghim, Eileen Newhouse, Carol Newnam, Penna North, Sarah Ovens, Elizabeth Parker, Diane Patton, Ann Pehle, Melody Robidoux, Frances Rozner, Barbara Scanlan, Martha Schumacher, Marjorie Sly, Mardy Stevens, Margaret Stotz, Ruth Sweetser, Paula Tallal, Louise Tolle, Diane Trombetta, Neola Waller, Molly Walsh, Katherine Weiss, Sharon Westafer, David Wood, Krystyna Wulff, and Barbara Wyne.

Champions Ambassadors

AAUW Champions ambassadors are philanthropic leaders across the country who serve as the faces and voices of the program.

Meet our ambassadors:

Carol Newnam, Venice, Florida
Diane Patton, Ames, Iowa
Judy Horan, Corona, California
Karen Kirkwood, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Liz Bathgate, Castro Valley, California
Marla Kim Benziger, Deerfield, Illinois
Neola Waller, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ruth Sweetser, Lombard, Illinois

Become a Champion today and be a philanthropic visionary to ensure that women and girls reach their highest potential!

Questions? Please contact our Major Gifts & Planned Giving Associate Joanna M. Wood: