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 to the extent allowed by law.
The Foundation’s mission is to promote the advancement of women in the communications profession by providing funds for education, research and publications. The Foundation works in cooperation with The Association for Women in Communications to carry out its educational and charitable goals.
Currently, the Foundation Board is working on the following projects in conjunction with our mission:
- Certified Communications Professional (CCP) program recognizes excellence in all areas of communications; provides an opportunity to demonstrate communication and management skills; and enhances employment/client potential.
- Edith Wortman First Amendment Award honors professional communicators for their efforts relating to First Amendment issues.
- Helen Duhamel Achievement Award honors media professionals, with special emphasis on broadcast journalists, who have made significant achievements in their profession while overcoming extreme hardships and/or challenges, and who have used their First Amendment rights to give back to society rather than simply report on events.
- Advancement of Women Award recognizes a woman for extraordinary efforts to promote the advancement of women in the communications profession.
- Barbara Erickson Memorial Scholarship Fund gives college students an opportunity to meet and mingle with professional communicators by funding attendance at the AWC Professional Conference.
- Chapter Scholarship Program provides non-profit fund management for AWC chapters offering financial assistance to college communication students.
- Writer/author survey identifies and profiles members of AWC whose works have been published in books, newsletters, newspapers, the internet, corporate literature, magazines, journals and through other venues.
- Sessions/workshops delivered via the AWC Professional Conference to support, enhance and promote writers/authors.
- Special efforts like the 100th Anniversary DVD for the 2009 conference.
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 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.