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 February 1, 2020




Cheryl Sorokin
Jean Walker


Elisabeth and Bob Bathgate
Loryann M. Eis
Eileen S. Menton
Lee Roper-Batker

Diane and James Patton
Judith Sensibar
Maurita Stueck
Sue Zitnick


Anonymous (2)
Susan Barley
Alice Bartelt
Marla Kim and Robert Benziger
Shirley Breeze
Julia T. Brown
Stephen Charles
Kimberly Churches
Yvonne Condell
Jean Dodds
Carolyn Garfein
Jane D. Goldsmith

Emily Hackler
Carol Heintzelman
Ann Henninger Trax
Jenna Howard
Phyllis Keiley-Tyler
Karen and David Kirkwood
Carol and Rob Manegold
Patricia Morgan
Myrna Mutchler
Nancy Neal
Eileen Newhouse
L. Carol Newnam
Rebecca Norlander
Penna North

Carolyn Oesterle
Sarah Ovens
Elizabeth Parker
Melody Robidoux
Mardy Stevens
Ruth Sweetser
Patricia Thornton
Diane Trombetta
Margaret Wallace
Sharon Westafer
Barbara Wyne
Wenwei Yang
Helen Young

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 at 202.785.7705