AAUW Fund is an umbrella fund that includes the following special funds:
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FUND (EOF) – EOF provides post-graduate support for women through fellowships and grants as well as community action grants. For the academic year 2018-19, AAUW awarded $3.9 million to 250 outstanding recipients in the following categories:
- American Fellowships for women obtaining doctorates in STEM fields
- Selected Professional Fellowships for women pursuing Master’s or professional degrees in underrepresented fields
- Career Development for women who are pursuing an advanced degree or certificate to advance or change their careers
- International Fellowships for women from other countries pursuing graduate studies in the U.S.
- Community Action Grants that support organizations and community projects that promote opportunities for girls and women.
Our Nevada County Branch has completed four endowment funds that contribute to these awards annually. This year, our Ruth Phillips Endowment helped fund a Community Action Grant awarded to the Kal Academy and its project Director Kalpana Viswanathen. The Kal Academy addresses the underrepresentation of women in the technology sector through training and mentoring and even has a partnership with Microsoft that allows women to receive additional training on their campus. To date, more than 200 women have been successfully placed in technology jobs.
LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND (LAF) – LAF was founded in 1981 to end sex discrimination in workplaces and in higher education. LAF offers financial and moral support for strategic workplace and campus sex discrimination cases. This support includes offsetting legal fees and court-related costs, signing amicus briefs, and writing statements of support for plaintiffs. One important case is Rizo vs. Fresno County Board of Education. In April 2018, the 9th District Court of Appeals decided in favor of plaintiff Rizo, finding that prior employment history cannot be the basis for determining salary, as this is a violation of the Equal Pay Act.
UNRESTRICTED – Recently AAUW National has been suggesting that donations be made unrestricted so they can direct funds where the need is the greatest. In addition to EOF and LAF, other AAUW Fund programs include the Public Policy Fund that supports policy advocacy, Eleanor Roosevelt Fund that supports research, and the Leadership Programs Fund, generally supporting development of college women into leadership roles. These are all worthy causes designed to promote equity for women and girls.
To support these efforts, please send checks payable to AAUW Fund to P.O. Box 326, Grass Valley, CA 95945-0326. If you wish to designate the particular fund, please make a note on the check note line.