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.

2022-2023 AAUW Named Gift Honoree – Jane Niemeier

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 27 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

Congratulations to Jane Niemeier, our second-time AAUW Photo of Named Gift Honoree Jane Niemeier FUND Named Gift Honoree! Receiving this honor twice has only been done once before in this Branch. This decision was very easy to make because of the numerous hats our Jane wears. She actually showed us at the beginning of the year by putting on four hats:  Branch Treasurer, Membership Treasurer, Ways and Means Chair, and Facebook Chair. She is also the current President of the AAUW San Diego Branch. Plus, she has been the AAUW California State President and she has held other State offices. In her spare time, Jane is also active in her sorority alumni from her college days at Purdue.  One more thing: Jane was the Volunteer Coordinator at Jazz 88.3 FM until COVID.

Our Jane skillfully performs the duties of her offices seamlessly and without complaining. She alone organized our annual Author’s Luncheon this year with skill and aplomb. She chose the venue, contacted the author and then negotiated the contract within a few days. She has already recruited help for the day of the luncheon.

Jane and her husband Tom take daily early morning walks around Bay Park. Jane had been a runner until her knee showed its age. She is amazing and really worthy of this honor twice!

Congratulations to Jane!