At its summer meeting in 2005, the AAUW of North Carolina board passed a motion to “strongly encourage all branches to designate some of their EF [Educational Foundation] contributions to the Ann Chipley Fellowship (#4051)”.
Since then, we have reported almost annually on the fellowships and grants of interest to North Carolina and, especially since 2012 when it became the only open endowment of special interest to North Carolina, the gradual increase in the Chipley endowment. It has grown from $50,424 as of 9/30/07 to $90,902.66 as of 12/31/2015. Some of that growth came from a special campaign in 2015 to honor Mary Peterson with donations to the Chipley endowment. It raised $1755.
But we are nearing the deadline. If the endowment does not reach $100,000 by 6/30/2017, the funds will be used for fellowships (as expected), but those fellowships will not bear Ann Chipley’s name. While Chipley had a national reputation in AAUW and it was the national board that initially set up the endowment, we in AAUW NC feel a special responsibility to complete the fund and ensure that her name is known to scholars into the future.
At the 2016 AAUW NC meeting, a resolution will be introduced to again encourage branches and individuals to donate to the endowment and recommend that AAUW NC resources be used to ensure its completion to have Ann Chipley’s name added to the nearly 900 others honored through the AAUW fellowships and grants program.
This resolution may, of course, be amended at the meeting. Any updated version will be posted here.
In the meantime, individuals who would like to honor Ann Chipley are encouraged to use this link:
- 1984 article, “Equal Pay for Equal Worth“, listing Chipley as a contributor during her time as director of the N.C. Council on the Status of Women
- 1997 obituary appearing in AAUW Outlook
- 1999 dedication for the AAUW Member Directory
- 2005 flyer supporting the resolution at the AAUW NC board meeting
- Thanks to Mary Peterson for forwarding personal conversations from those who knew Ann during her time on the AAUW staff.