Welcome to the new and improved AWC Matrix Foundation website! The AWC Matrix Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt foundation under the IRS code, was established in 1998 as the educational affiliate of The Association for Women in Communication. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.
Some May Ask: Why Have An AWC Matrix Foundation?
Recognizing the need for an entity to accept and administer tax-exempt donations for the benefit of AWC members, several longstanding AWC members established the AWC Matrix Foundation in 1998 to help promote the advancement of women in the communications profession by providing funds for education, research and publications. Included with its main purpose is the requirement that the Foundation meet IRS 501(c) 3 tax exempt code requirements. That designation makes it possible for any individual or organization to make a tax deductible donation to further the Foundation’s work.
The Foundation conducts:
- The Certified Communications Professional (CCP) Program to recognize individual communication excellence and promote career advancement
- Awards programs including: the Edith Wortman First Amendment Award, Helen Duhamel Achievement Award and Advancement of Women Award
- Sessions that support, educate and promote communicators, especially at the AWC professional conferences
- Student scholarships for national AWC Conferences
- Special efforts like the 100th Anniversary DVD for the 2009 conference
- Special projects as needs arise.
Because the Foundation’s work goes on continually, donations are always welcome. Find out how you can Make a Mark on the AWC Matrix Foundation.
Students Attend AWC National Conference
Karly Long of Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) and University of Washington (Seattle, WA) graduate student Peacefull Dawn Keenen attended the 2013 AWC National Conference in Springfield, IL thanks to Barbara Ericksen Memorial Fund scholarships. You can view photos from some of their experiences here.