Welcome to the 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.
Get the Recognition You Deserve – Get Your CCP
At some point each year, we all take time to make plans for what we hope to accomplish personally and professionally. When we stop to set specific business goals at work, most of us also pause to assess where our careers are going and try to figure out the next steps we can take for advancement. If you didn’t already know it, you can actually pinpoint your career progress to date, figure out where you want to go and build a portfolio to enhance your career–all by working on becoming a Certified Communications Professional (CCP). Maybe it’s time to work on and earn your CCP.
Established in 2005 by the Matrix Foundation, AWC’s nonprofit educational arm, the CCP is a national program that gives you credit for your accomplishments in all areas of communications. It is based on a simple point system that recognizes your education, career achievements, professional and volunteer activities. The program is open to anyone holding a paid communications position, including self-employment, for at least two of the last five years. As a member of AWC, you receive a special rate on this valuable way to promote your professional credentials.
Administered by the AWC Matrix Foundation, the program is fully approved by the AWC National Board of Directors and endorsed by the University of Washington’s Department of Communications where AWC was founded in 1909.
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.