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.

2023-2024 AAUW Named Gift Honoree – Joan Camana

La Mesa-El Cajon Branch selects Joan Camana as our Named Gift Honoree for this year.

Joan Camana was honored at our January AAUW FUND meeting which included hearing our AAUW Fund Speaker Paula Kirya.

Joan’s bio was published in the January 2024 Forecast. Her main qualities that led to honor her this year were her tenacity, positivity and her leadership. Joan not only held the office of President for two consecutive terms (because of COVID) but after that, she took on the job of re-writing of our By-Laws and Procedures for the Branch.

Joan is a “smiler” – and she has the most positive attitude of anyone I have met. She certainly deserves this Named Gift Honoree award.

Congratulations, Joan.

~ Vicki Spilkin, 3rd VP – AAUW Fund