Our Programs Overview

Our Programs

Your Projects, Your Passions, Your Foundation

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 Foundation has restructured the Development Grants (DGs) to align them with FAWCO’s four areas of focus: Health, Education, Human Rights and Environment.

In 2018, there are eight Development Grants offered in four areas: Health, Education, Environment and Human Rights.

 All 2018 Development Grants are $4,500.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2018 Development Grants.


Development Grants (DGs)

Grants map graphicClub participation is vital to the Development Grant Program and process; DG proposals reflect the issues and concerns of particular importance to FAWCO member clubs. The FAWCO Foundation encourages clubs to submit up to two DG proposals each year. It is necessary that the nominating club has supported the project for at least one year and support for the project must come from more than just one person in the club. The recipient in each grant category is determined by vote of FAWCO member clubs. The strength of this program lies in the access to projects known personally by FAWCO members and supported by a member club.

The FAWCO Foundation Development Grant Fund program has awarded $400,000 to more than 120 charitable projects. Projects are located in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn all about our Development Grants Program, please see our Development Grants page. If you have a question about submitting nominations, please contact The Foundation Development Grant Administrator.


Education Awards

awards graphicSince 1972, FAWCO has given out over $855,000 in academic awards to members and their children. Since 2007, awards have been available for undergraduate and graduate studies in The Arts, Sciences, and Humanities for $3,500-$5,000 each.

The Dual Cultural Award enables a bi-cultural high school student to become better acquainted with his or her American heritage. The FAWCO and FAUSA Member Awards are open to members in the quest for knowledge and self-improvement. The Award for University Degree Study Programs of $5,000 is for a member in undergraduate or graduate studies. The Skills Enhancement Award is to enable the acquisition of new skills or for the enhancement of existing ones.

To learn all about 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.



The Target Program

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 almost 12,000 individual members of the 64 FAWCO member clubs in 33 countries to make a significant and sustainable impact on critical issues that support the effort to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The 2016-2019 Target Program will focus on Education. This overarching theme was announced at the FAWCO Interim Conference in Frankfurt. FAWCO Member Clubs submitted nominations for specific projects in the fall of 2016. The Clubs then votec for the project of their choice with the winning project being announced at the 2017 conference in Mumbai. The winning project is Hope Byond Displacement, the Collateral Repair Project.  For more information regarding the Target project, please click here. 

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Who We Are


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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