FAQs About The FAWCO Foundation
The Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas, Inc. (FAWCO), is an international network of independent clubs and associations with a combined membership of nearly 18,000 in 37 countries worldwide. FAWCO serves as a support network for members living and working abroad and is particularly active in concerns and issues of overseas Americans, education, environmental awareness, health, human rights and women's and children's rights in particular.The FAWCO Foundation, an independent not-for-profit corporation, oversees the philanthropic efforts and endeavors of FAWCO.
What is The FAWCO Foundation?
Founded in 1967, The FAWCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO. A six member Board of Directors, each a member of a FAWCO Member Club, is elected at FAWCO Interim Conferences. Current Bylaws and Administrative Guidelines are posted on The FAWCO Foundation website. Incorporated in the State of Missouri in 1967 as a not-for-profit corporation, designated donations are eligible for US tax exemption to the full extend allowed by law.
The FAWCO Foundation marked its 40th “Ruby Anniversary” at the Lyon Conference and celebrated The Foundation’s past, present and future! As of 2012 over $1 million has gone back to Member Clubs and individuals through Education Awards and Development Grants (DGs).
How can you help promote The FAWCO Foundation?
FAWCO’s philanthropic arm is supported by the generous and caring spirit of our Member Clubs and individuals. FAWCO relies on the generosity of Member Clubs and individuals in order to maintain a strong and healthy philanthropic program.
Many Club members have asked The FAWCO Foundation Board how best to get their Clubs interested in the ongoing philanthropic efforts of FAWCO. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
• Join your Club’s FAWCO Committee and/or ask the FAWCO Rep how you can help
• Become a “Friend of The FAWCO Foundation”
• Be a cheerleader! Organize an event/activity to highlight The Foundation and encourage your members to participate
• Become part of FAWCO history by creating a quilt square for the FAWCO Friendship Quilts.
• Assist your Club and Clubs in your region in submitting up to two proposals for a Development Grant
• Encourage members of your Club and Clubs in the region to apply for Educational Awards for themselves and/or their children
• Contribute an item to the Silent and/or Live Auctions held at each FAWCO conference
• Explain the “what and why” of The FAWCO Foundation to your members
• Learn about the Kids Help Program and other philanthropic programs
• Need help in being a cheerleader? Please contact Foundation President Michele Hendrikse DuBois.
Who are the “Friends of The FAWCO Foundation”?
Member Clubs and individuals who support ongoing philanthropic efforts are “Friends of The FAWCO Foundation”. Contributions of $1,000 + entitle the Club or individual to part sponsor an Education Award or Development Grant. Contributions of the full amount of an Award or Development Grant entitle the donor to be a Title Sponsor.
Contributions to The FAWCO Foundation programs and funds may be made online with VISA/MasterCard by clicking on www.fawcofoundation.org/donation.html Information about memorials, bequests, and the endowment fund are located on the website at www.fawcofoundation.org or write to the President. Club and individual generosity and support are paramount to maintaining your Foundation. Thank you for making The FAWCO Foundation part of your individual and Club philanthropic effort!
What do I need to bring to a FAWCO conference?
Conferences are great fun, but can be overwhelming. Keep following The Foundation website for up-to-the-minute information, especially about the much-anticipated Foundation Night.
• Please bring some quality items for the Silent Auction: small and sparkly items are always popular (and easy to fit in suitcases), as are interesting items from your area. Bring something you yourself would want to bid on!
• Bring a Live Auction prize! If you live in an interesting location or have a vacation home, please consider offering up a vacation stay there as one of our Live Auction Prizes. If you have access to quality products that could be used in the auction, let the VP Fundraising know.
• Bring an outfit for The Foundation night that fits the theme. Be creative, be bold - it's more fun!
• Bring your wallet and credit card to Foundation Night. You will need them! On the night of the auctions, be generous with your bidding. The goal is to support charity, not just scoop up a bargain.
I'm not going to the conference this year, but is there something I can do to stay involved?
Sure! Send silent auction prizes with those who are attending or offer up a vacation home or B&B at your place for a Live Auction prize. Live auction prizes will go up on the web site shortly before the Conference. You can bid on these items even if you don't attend. Can you sew or craft? Contribute a quilt square. Or if you would like to buy a raffle ticket and enter the drawing for the finished quilt, buy tickets from your club rep. You do not have to be present to win; just ask our last two quilt winners!