AAUW Fund provides the resources to work towards our mission. Priorities are to achieve economic security for women, to support a strong system of high quality public education, and to guarantee individual rights and social justice for a diverse and inclusive society. We are one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. Donations support research, legal advisors, educators, and lobbyists to advocate for these priorities.

FUND chairs encourage and direct our members to support and sustain AAUW philanthropic programs. We promote fundraising efforts and inspire members to underwrite the programs through undesignated and designated gifts and to meet goals. We submit donations and review the Quarterly Branch reports for accuracy. Donors are recognized and celebrated in Forecast articles, at general meetings, and by personal thank yous.

2021-2022 AAUW Named Gift Honoree – Yolanda Emery

What is a Named Gift Honoree? When our branch members donate at least $750 to AAUW Fund, we can honor a member who has shown outstanding service to AAUW. Our Membership Directory lists our 28 current members who are prior Named Gift Honorees; they are identified by the double asterisks (**) next to their names.

Our branch criteria are:

  • Continuous membership for at least five years
  • Service as a chair or officer for a least one year
  • Record of outside community service
  • Initiation of activities with a leadership role
Photo of Yolanda Emery, Named Gift Honoree

Yolanda Emery, Named Gift Honoree

Yolanda Emery has been a member of our branch for 15 years but her AAUW years go back even further. In 1978, she and some friends started the Seminole County AAUW Branch, and while living in Georgia, Yolanda drove 50 miles to be able to attend an AAUW group.

Born in the Army Hospital in Puerto Rico, Yolanda’s academic and professional achievements include the following:

  • University of Puerto Rico, B.A., English & French
  • Michigan State University, teacher’s certificate
  • University of Central Florida, M.A., English
  • Middle Tennessee State University – M.A., Spanish; doctoral course work completed
  • U.S. Navy Commander, Retired
  • Grossmont Community College, Adjunct Professor, English

Yolanda has graced our branch as Chair or Co-chair of the Author’s Luncheon, Hospitality, Lunch Bunch, and the Nominating committee, and has been active in Career Day, a book club, and First Friday. Yolanda’s outside community involvement includes serving as a board member of The St. Paul’s PACE, a managed healthcare plan for seniors.