Once upon a time (1999 actually), AAUW published a set of toolkits — membership, president, leadership, etc. These were 8.5×11 guides that contained a wealth of information. In the almost ten years since, the idea has been extended and enhanced — the membership toolkit is updated each year, a public policy manual was recently published, the finance officers toolkit includes key information, and the entire series was augmented with the spring 2008 Leadership Development DVD. The current list includes:
- Leadership Development DVD/CD webinar
- Diversity Tool Kit
- Educational Foundation Tool Kit
- Legal Advocacy Fund Tool Kit
- Membership Tool Kit
- Program Development Toolkit
- Branch Public Policy Chair Manual
- State Public Policy Chair Manual [ PDF | Word ]
- Community Coalitions Manual: With Lessons Learned From the Girls Can! Project
Back when I served on the Association Program Development Committee 2001-2003, one of my goals was to plant the seeds for a Technology Toolkit — from the 2001 convention discussions (Tech-Savvy in the Branches special interest group, in particular) it was clear that AAUW could provide a member benefit by providing direction on what tech skills were key for members (and if not for all members for each branch to encourage some member to learn).
The problem’s enormous, of course.
This morning, I reconfigured wiki.bbvx.org to be a holding place for resources that I’ve been collecting along the way. I’m not sure why it took me so long to consider using the wiki to help outline the toolkit, but now that it’s done, I hope to gather my thoughts there — and to encourage others to contribute (at least to the list of topics that need to be covered).