GFWC is once again offering tax-exempt status as a benefit of membership under GFWC’s group exemption umbrella. Applications must be completed and submitted to GFWC by March 1, 2016.
Clubs/State Federations will be required to incorporate GFWC into their name and follow the same fiscal year as GFWC (July 1 to June 30). Club’s/State Federation’s bylaws will also have to reflect its stated purpose as a 501(c)(3) organization. These changes may require a change in club/state federation bylaws, but clubs/state federations will have a year to complete necessary changes once GFWC receives the group exemption application.
Club/State Federation applicants will be notified by May 2016 if approved for inclusion. Once a club/state federation’s application is approved, a club/state federation has one year to amend bylaws and a representative must attend the 501(c)(3) group exemption workshop at the 2016 GFWC Convention in Baltimore. After final approval, clubs/state federations will be included in GFWC’s group exemption in March 2017.
Melanie Carriker Stevens
Melanie Carriker Stevens understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
GFWC Ossoli Circle
GFWC Ossoli Circle, located in Knoxville Tennessee, was founded in 1885 as a literary society and is the oldest federated women’s club in the South. Its founder, Lizzie Crozier French, was a suffragist who was inspired to create the club after visiting the Sorosis Woman’s Club in 1868.