Your Projects, Your Passions, Your Foundation

    FAWCO has a long history of supporting philanthropic efforts around the world. Donations were made to relief organizations and academic cholarships were awarded as early as the 1930’s when membership totaled only 10 to 12 clubs. In 1967, The FAWCO Foundation was established by then FAWCO President, Mary Mag.

    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.

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    You can partially or completely fund a Development Grant(DG) or an Education Award(EA)?  If you and/or your club donate at least $1,000, your names will appear in the title area as a partial sponsor. If you fund the entire grant or award, you can not only name it, but set the parameters for the applicants. What a legacy to create! You can sponsor or partially sponsor for as many years as you want or as a one-time event. Is your club celebrating an anniversary? Honoring long-standing members? What a great opportunity to sponsor an award and bring attention to the legacy of your club and its members. Contact The Foundation President for more information at


    We want to highlight a few of our sponsors, Mary Stewart B., Donna E., AIWC Genoa, Patti M., Sami B., Renuka M. and Monika J. to name just a few, who have made these life-changing grants and awards possible. The shared thoughts of our donors certainly show us that the impact is significant in both directions - to the giver as well as the receiver. A heartfelt thank you to all of them from the Foundation. Read their stories here.


    Education Awards

    Education AwardSince 1972, FAWCO has given out over $1,139,000 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.

    Development Grants

    Dev Grant

    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 $677,000 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 Awards Program Administrator.

    FAWCO Target Project


    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 successfully focused on the areas of the Environment, Human Rights, Education and Health.

    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 FAWCO Target Project is a sustainable investment by our FAWCO members to empower women and girls.

    FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation launched the 2022–2025 Target Program addressing the environment and the impact on women and girls, at the virtual Interim Meeting on March 5, 2022. This meeting kicked off the Education and Awareness Raising Campaign addressing the Target Issue "Our Natural Environment: Empowering Women and Girls to Ensure a Sustainable Future". Now it’s time to begin the process of selecting the next Target Project. We are seeking applications for transformative projects that focus on the environment and improve the lives of women and girls. In general, these projects could tackle the loss of biodiversity, the climate crisis, or waste pollution.

    The Target Project is an investment in the future of women and girls in harmony with nature. We are raising awareness about the vital role the environment plays in the lives of women and girls, and now we begin the selection process for a new Target Project.

    Join us! Visit the FAWCO website to learn more about the Target Program for Environment, sign up for the Target Program Bulletin and follow the Blog: Our Sustainable Future. Together, we can empower women and girls for a sustainable future! Please direct questions to the Target Selection Chair Tharien van Eck at

    FAWCO and The Foundation will be working with member clubs to raise awareness, educate, fundraise and explore matters important to the environment.



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