AAUW Funds

AAUW Funds are the heart, soul and means of implementing the AAUW mission:

Advancing equity for women and girls
through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research

The AAUW Fund is a general fund for unrestricted gifts, which are used when and where they are most needed. This prevents overfunded and underfunded areas that keep AAUW from reaching our full mission potential. By donating to the AAUW Fund, you are helping incubate and grow our highly successful, community-based, mission-driven programs, such as Tech Trek and Tech SavvyStart Smart and Work Smart, the Legal Advocacy Fund, the National Conference for College Women Student Leadersresearch, and other initiatives.

AAUW Fund Puzzle shows what AAUW's work toward its mission

The majority of AAUW’s 1,000 separate fund codes identify our named, restricted funds, collectively called the AAUW endowment, which provide the support for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A few other fund codes denote smaller pools of restricted funds, spendable solely for specific programs, such as the Legal Advocacy Fund and research. Every other program receives full or partial funding from the AAUW Fund, which derives primarily from unrestricted contributions, with a small amount coming from dues and sponsorships. Unrestricted gifts make it possible for AAUW to respond quickly to new or unforeseen challenges facing women and girls, leverage and innovate mission-based opportunities, and attract new audiences by enabling us to expand our programs.

AAUW restricted funds are comprised of five funds that support this mission:

  • Educational Opportunities Fund (EOF) (#4336)
    One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014–2015 academic year.
  • Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) (#3999)
    Works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Resources range from community outreach programs to legal advice and backing of major cases.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (#9170)
    Supports groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace which influences the national discussion on the pay gap between women and men, sexual harassment in schools and on college campuses, and the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering.
  • Leadership Programs Fund (#4339)
    Shapes the lives of thousands of college women to be the next generation of leaders, by providing leadership training and opportunities including the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Campus Action Projects, Elect Her, National Student Advisory Council, and $tart $mart.
  • Public Policy Fund (#4337)
    Connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to advance our work to empower women and girls using lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women.

AAUW depends on member contributions to support this work. If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution, please make out your check to AAUW Funds and indicate the specific fund in the memo area, or designate your contribution as unrestricted (#9110). Please send your check to

Jenny Offringa
AAUW-OML Funds Treasurer
3129 Stonegate Drive
Alamo, CA 94507.

If you have questions, please contact us.