American Association of University Women / Wagy Fund

Fund Description: 

The purpose of the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the American Association of University Women shall be to unite graduates of regionally accredited educational institutions in order to promote equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth and development of opportunities for women and girls. The mission of the Nettie Irene Van Der Veer Wagy Fund will be to further the mission of AAUW and to honor Irene Wagy. A six-member committee of AAUW oversees the Wagy Fund and makes all funding recommendations.

Trust requirements limit funding to public charities in the five-county greater Kansas City area: Clay, Platte and Jackson counties in Missouri, and Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.

The Wagy Fund gives preference to agencies located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Contact Person: 
LaVon Colhour / / 816.627.3400

The Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is part of a national organization whose members hold an associate’s or equivalent (e.g., RN), bachelor’s, or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. There are no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class. This branch was established in 1893 and has been involved in promoting education and scholarships for women throughout its history. The branch encourages continuing education for members through programs on local, national and international issues. AAUW is a major force in Kansas City, focusing attention on the women and girls of our community.

"From the beginning the American people as a whole have believed that investment in people is the soundest, most long-reaching investment that we can make." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Irene Wagy made a lifelong commitment and numerous significant personal and professional contributions to the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the American Association of University Women. She took these responsibilities seriously and valued the opportunities AAUW afforded for service and friendship. A dietitian by profession, she was an avid reader with a keen interest in gardening.

She was a private person with independent views and had a special interest in national and international topics. Her business acumen and skills in real estate transactions not only allowed Irene to lead a financially independent life but also resulted in her generous bequest to the Kansas City, Missouri branch of AAUW. Pre-deceased by her spouse, Irene lived an active life. She died at her home at the age of 93.

Mission Statement:
"If women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish." - Hillary Rodham Clinton

The statement of interest application will be available on line Monday, July 8, 2019.
The statement of interest deadline is Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Areas of Interest:
The AAUW/Wagy Fund Committee is seeking proposals that will allow it to join in partnerships with organizations that promote societal change through programs benefiting women and girls. The Committee believes that the entire community benefits from effective programs which provide women and girls:

  • Economic opportunity and security
  • Enhanced self-image in measurable ways
  • Lifelong education
  • Healthcare throughout their lifecycles
  • Personal Safety
  • Legal and human rights
  • Reproductive rights
  • Respect and opportunities for girls so that they are equally valued in their families and in society
  • Equal access with men to the political, economic and cultural life of their communities

The AAUW/Wagy Fund gives preference to organizations located in Kansas City, Missouri. The Wagy Trust requirements limit funding to public charities in the five-county greater Kansas City area, which includes Clay, Platte and Jackson Counties in Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas.

Grant Restrictions and Requirements: 
Applicants must be public charities. IRS tax exemption letter for public charities 501(c)(3) must accompany the letter of interest.

Since the AAUW Branch is based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Committee will generally favor grant requests from groups headquartered there. However, proposals from organizations in the five county Kansas City metropolitan area will be considered if the project primarily benefits Kansas City, Missouri women and girls. In addition to the monetary grant, AAUW may choose to support the approved proposal by assigning one or more volunteers to assist with the project.

Not Support:
The Fund will not support the following activities:

  • Individuals
  • Fraternal, labor or social groups
  • Endowments
  • Annual appeals
  • Capital expenditures

Grant Range: 
Grants will range from $1,000 to $4,000.

Statement of interest: 
A Statement of Interest form must be submitted onlineby 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The online Statement of Interest form will be made available 4 to 6 weeks prior to the deadline. The Statement of Interest form is brief and will ask you to:

  • Explain the organization's purpose
  • Explain the purpose of the grant
  • Include the total cost of the project
  • Specify the amount being requested
  • Explain outcomes of the proposal and who will benefit in what way

IPlease attach a copy of the organization's 501(c)(3) tax exempt letter with the online form.

Important Dates: 
If selected after review of your organization's Statement of Interest, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal. Final grant recipients will attend a holiday and grant awards luncheon in December 2018. An additional event in 2019 may be scheduled to update the members of the AAUW Kansas City, MO Branch of your program activities.

Procedures for Grant Seekers:
All Statement of Interest applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST on the due date.

Online Application: 

In order to better serve funders and grantees, we are transitioning to new application software. We appreciate your patience during this transition. For technical assistance with the application process or questions about the transition, please contact or 816.627.3452.

Click here to access the online application.

If this is your first time accessing the application software, please click the Register button in the upper right hand corner. If you are a first time user, but your organization has an application account, please contact or 816.627.3452 to be added to your organization.

More Info: 
To read more about the American Association of University Women Kansas City, MO Branch visit their website