AAUP Foundation

The AAUP Foundation is organized to fund the charitable and educational purposes of the AAUP, including supporting principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society. 


  • Do you have a story to tell about academic freedom—or an idea about how to engage faculty, students, or the public in considering its importance to a democratic society? The AAUP Foundation is currently welcoming inquiries and applications for our next grant deadline on September 30.

  • On December 15, the New York Supreme Court found that NYU's faculty handbook had the force of a contract and allowed NYU Medical School Professors Marie Monaco and Herbert Samuels, who received support from the Legal Defense Fund, to continue their case challenging NYU's salary reduction policy.

  • The AAUP Foundation notes with dismay the recent uptick in efforts to harass and intimidate faculty. We believe that academic freedom requires and supports a democracy that thrives on dissent, critical inquiry, free speech, and free research and stand with the AAUP in its commitment to safeguarding the role of faculty in a free society.


  • If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy that requirement. Because we receive the gift directly from your IRA, the distribution bypasses you entirely. 

  • The AAUP Foundation is the charitable arm of the AAUP enterprise, which also includes the AAUP (a professional association), and the AAUP-CBC (a labor union). All three share a commitment to academic freedom and shared governance and to ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good. 

Featured Programs

Academic Freedom

The AAUP Foundation supports projects that safeguard academic freedom to encourage free inquiry, promote the expansion of knowledge, and create an environment in which learning and research can flourish, thereby enhancing the quality of higher education and benefiting society.

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Legal Defense

The AAUP Foundation supports faculty members in cases at the trial and appellate levels that implicate important legal rights, involve legal issues of national significance in higher education, and affect the careers of academics.

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