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AAUW, the American Association of University Women, is a national organization, which advances the equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.
AAUW has more than 100,000 members and 1,300 branches across the United States, as well as 550 college/university partners. The Association has influenced legislative debate on critical issues such as education, sex discrimination, civil rights,reproductive choice, affirmative action, Title IX, welfare reform, vocational education, pay equity and medical leave, and health care reform.
AAUW is actually two separate not-for-profit corporations: AAUW or the National organization and the AAUW Funds includng the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.
AAUW is a 501(c) (4) not-for-profit advocacy group. Donations are not tax deductible, although memberships may be tax deductible as a business expense.
The AAUW Funds is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization and, as such, donations to AAUW Funds are tax deductible. It is the nation's oldest and one of the largest single sources of non-institutional funding of graduate education for women. In recent years, over $4.5 million has been awarded annually.
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund , commonly known as LAF, is also a part of the 501(c)(3) charitable organization and, as such, donations to LAF are tax deductible. LAF, established in 1981, provides financial and emotional support for women in academia seeking redress in the judicial system for sex discrimination. It is the largest legal fund focused solely on this objective.
AAUW California was formed in 1920 and is California's most active and diverse organization for women offering action for equity, personal and professional growth, community leadership and friendship. At the state level, AAUW provides legislative support and guidance to state lawmaking bodies.