Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2001. Its purpose is to provide support to national and local programs and to allow members and other donors to take a charitable contribution deduction.

The mission of The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation is to support the national AAUW philanthropies: the Education Opportunities and Legal Advocacy Funds. On a local level, the Foundation supports a local scholarship fund that awards tuition scholarship to women over 21 years of age who live in Collier County or south Lee County, Florida. This tuition support is provided by the proceeds of a variety of fundraising events held throughout the year. In addition, the Foundation supports the Reading is Fun program in Collier County, the STEM Conference for 5th Grade Girls.

2014 STEM Conference Presenters

2014 STEM Conference Presenters

The Foundation consists of a seven-member Board of Directors. The members of the Foundation Board are the corresponding positions of members from the Branch Board and are as follows:  Greater Naples Branch President,  Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Presidents for Educational Opportunities Fund, Legal Advocacy Fund,  Local Scholarship Fund, and School & Community Relations. Foundation Board meetings will be announced in the membership publications and at Branch meetings. All member of the Greater Naples Branch are invited to attend the Board meetings of the Foundation .

Contributions to the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. for any the above funds are tax deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consult your tax advisor if you have any questions.


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GNB AAUW Projects

The Director of School & Community Relations, as a Foundation Vice President, oversees two projects through the Foundation that are related to the AAUW mission, each of which has its own chairperson. These are:

Reading is Fun (RIF) – Chair: Karen Clegg 239-649-3248 or 913-488-7707
RIF is a program that works to build a child’s interest in reading.  Books are distributed by AAUW volunteers at five Collier County schools to children ages pre-K through 5th grade. Over 80% of the children in the schools we serve are on the subsidized lunch program. RIF is unique in that the children choose their own book from dozens, if not hundreds, of titles. Volunteers are needed for book distributions that will occur in the January-April time frame.

Volunteers work in 3-4 hour shifts. The excitement and joy of the children make the hours fly by! This year, book distributions will be held in the January through April time frame. If you contact Karen ( or 913-488-7707) we will send you information and the sign up sheet so you can select a date that works with your schedule.

2018 GNB / AAUW STEM Event to be held February 10 at Barron Collier High School

Twenty professionals and STEM specialists are sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with 127 fifth grade girls (354 fifth grade girls and their parents combined) from the CCPS schools along with their parents and guardians at the 21st GNAAUW Girls Count STEM conference.

Six speakers are presenting to the parents: a four teacher panel – Lenice DeLuca from Pine Ridge MS, Denise Henderson from Lely HS, Melanie Villa from Immokalee MS, and Kelly Wilson from Barron Collier HS. AP Chemistry teacher Michelle Hankey Joyce will speak about the use of the science classroom in Criminal Investigations, and Dr. Robert, Corbin, PhD, the Director-Global STEM Initiatives is speaking on Identity in STEM -what do we think about scientists and how we change from “them” to “me.”

Thirteen area professional will present the workshops to the girls: Alicia Abbot- engineering, Dr. Jody Alexander – OB/GYN, Dr. Bonny Eads – optometrist, Dr. Megan Finley – veterinarian, Joanna Fitzgerald – Wildlife conservancy, Dr. Barbara Fueredi – dentistry, Professor Tracy Lanham – creating computer games, Dr. Denise McNulty – nursing, Joyce Owens – architecture, Shell Redfern – graphic arts, Robin Stephen -structural engineering, Gay Thompson – cement industries, and Dr. Robert Tober – emergency physician.

The Keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Annisa Karim, an environmentalist and biologist who is currently a manager with the Lee County Park District over programs and conservation lands.  She has been involved with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and other conservations efforts in Collier and Lee County since 1998.

STEM Questions and Answers

How are the girls assigned to sessions?

There are 10 girl sessions that introduce careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls indicate two choices on their registration forms. Groups are formed to include at least one of those “first choices.”

Must a parent, guardian, or other adult attend the conference with the girls?

Yes, each girl must have a parent, guardian or other adult attend.   We encourage dialogue between the girls and adults following the conference, and those discussions are much richer when the adults have attended.

What will the parents/guardians do while girls are in their sessions?

The adults attend the opening in the auditorium, then there are three sessions designed to help parents/guardians support girls as they move through middle and high school years. They will also participate in snack and enjoy the keynote speaker.

What should the girls bring to the conference?

Girls should bring their curiosity, their ideas and their questions to share with new friends. It’s also a good idea to bring a sweater! All other materials are provided.

What are the times?

The sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the opening session beginning at 8:50. The conference closes at 12:30. The keynote speaker has graciously offered to stay after the conference to greet girls individually. If your schedule allows, you may want to participate in this informal part of the day.

What feedback have you received about the conference?

During the day, girls are asked to comment on the sessions they attend. At the end of the day, girls and adults are asked to complete a feedback form that is used to assess and design upcoming conferences. The input is truly appreciated and utilized. Some comments from the past include:

From girls:
“I am going to share everything I learned today with my friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me come!”

“The programs were fun, cute, educational, gross, and enjoyable!”
“Working with STEM women from our community inspired me by teaching me that I an be or do anything with my life.”

From adults:
“The resources that were shared are very helpful. I now know there are lots of opportunities for my daughter that I wasn’t aware of before.”

“I got a bit more insight into the mind of the adolescent girl. Thanks for the helpful tips. I know my daughter CAN reach for the moon!”

We look forward to welcoming 100 more girls and their parents/guardians this February!