To generate the funds needed to support our local Kirkland-Redmond AAUW projects, the Branch uses a variety of fund-raising strategies.
Tech Trek is a week-long science and math summer camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering the eighth grade. Attending camp on a college or university campus helps girls — especially those whose parents may not have gone to college — to see themselves seeking higher education. The university campus experience gives girls a chance to think about the kinds of opportunities a college education can afford them. Camp field trips encourage maximum interaction and instruction in environments where STEM professionals work. Check out this video testimonial from one young camper who attended Tech Trek last summer.
The primary vehicle for fund-raising each year is the Holiday Party. At this party, raffle tickets are sold for the chance of winning one of several gift collections that are donated by members of the branch. Another part of the event is the sale of ‘seats’ at a variety of hosted events offered by members and scheduled throughout the year. Among those recently offered were themed dinners, sailboat rides, game nights, instructional parties (e.g., flower-arranging, cookie-decorating, Facebook), hikes, theater nights, and chocolate-tasting. Members, spouses/partners, and friends are welcome to participate in these hosted events.
A project this year is the Legacy Video Project which will collect the oral histories of Kirkland-Redmond Branch Members. This year we will plant the seed with 5 interviews of KR Branch leaders. The interviews will record the leader’s personal stories on video. The interviews will try to capture what happened after the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 60-70’s; what choices were made? What did we learn?
Additionally, a variety of other fundraisers are held through the year. Any member may suggest an idea to the Board for approval and then plan the event. One example is the sale of the well-known local Entertainment Books with the profit going to the branch. Also, sales parties (e.g., hand-made jewelry, Pampered Chef) are sometimes held with a percentage of sales going to the branch. We’ve even had holiday greens available to purchase which raised funds for the branch!
Direct donations to the branch are also welcomed by the branch and they may be designated for the scholarship fund or operating expenses.
All members are encouraged to make monetary contributions to the national programs of AAUW at a level that fits in with personal budgets and charitable contribution priorities. These AAUW funds support:
- educational grants and scholarships awarded annually to women pursuing graduate education
- research into issues important to women and girls
- leadership development programs
- legal advocacy to protect women facing discrimination in the workplace and school
- legislative advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women.
Each year the branch participates in the AAUW-WA program of named grants. For each $500 donated by branch members to AAUW Funds, our state organization encourages the branch to honor an individual or group from the branch or community for their contribution to the branch and to the mission of AAUW. The Named-Grant Honorees are acknowledged at the May meeting of the branch.