AAUW Ashland dues are $80 a year, of which the Branch keeps $15. Because $15 per person (about $2,000) does not cover the cost of what we do—our scholarships and projects, meetings, and other expenses—we have five fundraising events.
Our fundraisers have different purposes—here they are and where the money goes that we receive from them.
Each February, the Branch asks members to make donations to the SOU Foundation and/or the RCC Foundation and/or our AAUW SOU Endowment. The proceeds from this scholarship drive all go to fund scholarships for SOU and RCC women.
For 19 years, our Branch has presented a Spring Garden Tour. Proceeds fund our yearly operating expenses: meeting space rental, printing the Directory, printing abuse pamphlets, hospitality, etc. All income beyond our budgeted expenses (and there is always some!) is placed in our Scholarship Fund.
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Every other year, the Ashland Branch stages an upscale garage sale from member donations. All proceeds go to scholarships—either directly into the Scholarship Fund or into our SOU Endowment, whose earnings directly fund scholarships for SOU women.
Two or three times a year, Salons highlight one of our members. Admission fees to Salons are all donated to AAUW Funds, which include National AAUW projects such as legal case support for women battling discrimination, research studies documenting equity issues, fellowships and grants, $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops, and many more.
Our Women in Need project sells donated books and collects donations for the Dunn House Shelter for abused women in Jackson County. In previous years, we have replaced all of Dunn House’s bedding and replaced its small kitchen equipment.
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