In 1967, FAWCO President Mary Mag (1965–1969) and her Board established The FAWCO Foundation; Mary served as the first FAWCO Foundation President until a Board was formed, then again from 1971–1975. Donations were made to relief organizations and academic scholarships were awarded as early as the 1930’s when membership totaled only 10 to 12 clubs. Today, The FAWCO Foundation's mission is to put into action the interests of FAWCO in the global community by specifically aiding charitable, scientific and educational programs, and by supporting the rights of women and children throughout the world. FAWCO’s philanthropic "heart" is supported by the generous and caring spirit of our members.
The Development Grants are aligned with FAWCO's four areas of focus, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Health, Education, Environment and Human Rights.
The FAWCO Foundation Development Grant program has awarded $472,500 to more than 120 charitable projects in over 50 countries worldwide. For further information on our Development Grant Program, please see our Development Grants page. If you have a question about submitting nominations, please contact The Foundation Development Grant Administrator.
Since 1972, FAWCO has given out over $944,000 in Education Awards to members and their children, covering many fields of study.
For further information on our Education Awards and to see this year's available awards, please go to our Education Awards page. If you have a question about submitting applications, please contact The Foundation Awards Program Administrator.
FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation jointly administer a multi-year program that brings a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO clubs, their members and to the world. The FAWCO Target Program has previously focused on the areas of Health, the Environment and Human Rights.
The FAWCO Target Program was initiated to unite the power of FAWCO member clubs around the globe to make a significant and sustainable impact on critical issues that support the effort to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The current Target Program (2016-2019) is focusing on Education. This overarching theme was announced at the FAWCO Interim Conference in Frankfurt in 2016. FAWCO Member Clubs submitted nominations for specific projects and then voted for the project of their choice; the selected project was announced at the 2017 Biennial Conference in Mumbai, India. The project is Hope Byond Displacement, the Collateral Repair Project. For more information regarding the Target project, please go to the FAWCO Target webpage.