About Us - At a Glance

yellow star graphicThe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO
yellow star graphicFAWCO is a network of 65 clubs with 12,000 members in 34 countries
yellow star graphicThe Foundation supports the UN's SDGs, aiding projects throughout the world
yellow star graphicWe support education at all levels of ability and academic achievement
yellow star graphicThe Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt entity. All donations are tax deductible
yellow star graphicYour projects are our passion


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About The FAWCO Foundation

FAWCO is a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations representing private-sector American citizens overseas. In 1967, FAWCO established a foundation to carry on its long tradition of donating to relief organizations, as well as providing educational support to members and their families. The Foundation’s sole purpose is to put into action FAWCO’s stated interest in the global community by specifically aiding charitable, scientific and educational programs and supporting the rights of women and children throughout the world. For over 40 years, The Foundation has stayed true to this purpose.

The FAWCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO. A six-member Board of Directors, each a member of a FAWCO Member Club elected at FAWCO conferences, oversees the philanthropic efforts and endeavors of FAWCO. Incorporated in the State of Missouri as a not-for-profit corporation, direct donations are tax-exempt in the U.S. to the full extent allowed.

Our Work: A Snapshot

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Development Grants

The FAWCO Foundation assists FAWCO and its network of 65 member clubs by focusing their passion and commitment to aiding critical global concerns into philanthropic service:

stars graphicFrom erecting new water tanks for an AIDS care facility in Kenya, to enabling women surgeons to learn new techniques to assist young mothers suffering from birthing related injuries in Afghanistan, The FAWCO Foundation Development Grants make an immediate impact.  
stars graphicIn 2017, The Foundation awarded five Development Grants each worth $4500 USD.  Money for these grants is raised by The Foundation through sponsorships by member clubs' donations from individuals and fundraising events.
stars graphicSince 1997, the Development Grants Program has distributed $450,000 through 130 individual grants to projects in 51 countries worldwide.

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Education Awards

The FAWCO Foundation also supports education as the cornerstone of empowerment:


stars graphic Each year The Foundation selects from worthy candidates studying in humanities, sciences and arts to receive The FAWCO Foundation Education Awards. We have aided over 150 children of FAWCO club members. Money for these awards is raised by The Foundation through sponsorships by FAWCO member clubs, donations from individuals, and fundraising events.
stars graphicThe FAWCO Foundation recognizes the need for improving international understanding by awarding a Dual Cultural Award. 

stars imageIn 2015, a 3rd award was added for members pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, and a skills enhancement award for those who wish to acquire or improve skills in a non-academic setting.

stars image In 2017, eight education awards were given, totaling $34,000.

The FAWCO Foundation Programs:
One Story of a Project and Passion with a Powerful Result

From an Education Grant to a Development Grant, the circle of giving

MaLinda Hill was a member of FAWCO Member Club AWC of Cologne and a very busy woman.  She was a doctorial candidate majoring in Human Studies, preparing to complete her research for her thesis.  In order to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with pursuing a degree of this magnitude, in 2001, she applied for and was awarded a FAWCO Foundation Ruth St. John Federation Award.  In 2003, MaLinda began the research for her thesis.  She was to evaluate the success the Kugeria Water Project, located in Kenya. 

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 As she explains:

“In 1984, the Kenyan government began a project to build a water pipeline from the Kii River to the village of Murinduko.  The project, which was originally run by men, failed because of political corruption, widespread misuse of water resources and infighting; farmers with large land holdings prospered while small landowners and needy families suffered.  Now taken over by women, the Kugeria Women’s Water Project (kugeria means "we shall try" in Kikuyu language) is one of the few privately run water management projects.  It furnishes clean water to 260 families (over 2,800 people), is financially solvent and plans to extend services to another 60 families. The pipeline is 11 kilometers long and was built under such adverse condition as minimum government and private funding, difficult terrain, harsh climate, and personal financial problems.  The pipeline has reduced the amount of time spent by women and children fetching water from the river, which is four kilometers away as well as reducing water-borne diseases. It has been a labor of love. The women crossed economic and educational barriers to come together and organize their ambitious project.  One reason for its success is that the women have developed effective water usage regulations that they rigorously maintain.  If someone breaks a regulation, which is known to everyone, the consequences are employed swiftly, a great step forward and an achievement in a country where many live hand-to-mouth and break rules in order to survive.”

MaLinda’s research took her to Murinduko where she met the women who ran the project.  She observed firsthand how their determination and hard work led to the success of the project.  In 2005, AWC of Cologne nominated the Kugeria Women’s Water Project for FAWCO Foundation Development Grant.  The project was awarded the Skills for Life Development Grant.  The funding was used to help build a water tank involving young people in a vocational awareness project for water conservation.  Since then the project has expanded to include a co-op for selling vegetables that they are now able to grow because of the access to clean, safe water.

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The FAWCO Foundation was created in 1967 and is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO, a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations representing private-sector American citizens overseas. FAWCO consists of over 64 clubs throughout the world. We are a U.S. non-profit corporation, registered in the State of Missouri as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

The FAWCO Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of FAWCO by developing, administering and fundraising for programs that improve the lives of women and children worldwide. 

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