The Campaign for the Future

The Campaign for the Future

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has long been known as the organization that gets things done. From the earliest years of Federation, our founders made it clear that GFWC would be a powerful and positive force in the development of this country, the role of women, and the safety and wellbeing of children. Our Headquarters in Washington, D.C. has long been a symbol of that stronghold and unwavering dedication to Unity In Diversity.

For more than a century we have raised funds in support of worthy causes and the organizations that support them. The time has come for us to make a significant investment in ourselves in the form of support for our Headquarters and the programs and projects we hold so dear.

Like every thriving organization, GFWC must remain true to its values and traditions, but we must also be prepared to make adjustments and changes that will secure our future for generations to come.

The Timing

As we continue to celebrate 125 years of the existence of this organization, we also find ourselves approaching the century mark of owning and operating our Headquarters in Washington, D.C. located at 1734 N Street NW. Subsequent purchases of 1728 and 1738 N Street would follow in 1950 in order to expand GFWC’s footprint. The timing of this campaign coincides with both milestone anniversaries and was announced and kicked off at the 2015 Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. The culmination of this effort will occur in 2022, one hundred years after the original purchase, where the funds will be intended to secure the building’s — and the Federation’s — future.

Case for Support

As is customary with fundraising campaigns, there should be a case for support and expression of why said development efforts are important to the future of any organization. In the case of GFWC, we need to look back in order to look forward in an informed and comprehensive manner. By 1901, the United States Congress had granted GFWC a Federal Charter requiring the organization maintain its Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Finding an appropriate location was a concern for several years, but in 1920 newly-elected President Alice Ames Winter took responsibility for locating a permanent Headquarters building. By 1922, the mansion on N Street had been identified and the GFWC Board of Directors authorized the purchase. At the 1922 Biennial Convention in Chautauqua, New York, clubwomen pledged over $100,000 to purchase and furnish their new Headquarters.

It is time to invest in ourselves again. It is time to invest in our future and the future of the communities that need GFWC and the clubwomen who serve them. It is time to think strategically about what our priorities are as a Federation and what we, as individual clubwomen, want our legacy to be within and for the greater good of GFWC. The Campaign for the Future is about more than just bricks and mortar.

Making Gifts to the Campaign for the Future

You may make tax-deductible gifts to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs at any time as GFWC is a 501(c)3 organization. The Campaign for the Future has been established to secure and sustain the property and programming of the Federation and is intended to stimulate philanthropic activity and financial planning that will encourage members and their families to leave a legacy that supports the great works, time honored traditions, and future efforts of our clubs and clubwomen around the globe.

Donors can make gifts in a variety of convenient ways:

Current Gifts

Gifts of appreciated property, such as publicly traded securities or real property
Gifts of stock from privately held corporations
Gift of an established business
“In-kind” gifts that can be directly used by GFWC

Planned Gifts

Charitable gift annuities
Charitable remainder trusts
Life Insurance
Gifts of part or a percentage of an IRA, 401(k)m or other qualified retirement plan

Additionally, donors may name GFWC in their wills or estate plans for specific dollar amounts or for specific percentages of their residual estates.


Naming Opportunities at GFWC Headquarters

The rooms and artifacts listed below are among the most frequented and most prestigious at GFWC Headquarters. We invite leadership donors to consider these options for personal, club, or state federation naming as you contemplate your level of giving. Should you have the desire to explore naming opportunities that have not been presented in this list, we welcome such inquiries and are willing to entertain alternatives as we move forward.


The Drawing Room

$500,000 (per area)

Iron Gate Courtyard
Formal Dining Room
International President’s Office Suite
Entry Way & Reception Area

$250,000 (per area)

 Music Room
International President’s Apartment


GFWC Board Room


Great States Room


1734 Clubwoman Gallery


1728 Sitting Room

$25,000 (per area)

1734 Gathering Space
1734 Kitchen

$10,000 (per area)

 1738 Sleeping Rooms (3 available)


Past Presidents Portraits


For more information about the Campaign for the Future, please contact:

Sandi Jones, GFWC Capital Campaign Chairman:
Rosemary M. Thomas, EdD, GFWC Chief Operating Officer:

Campaign Committee Members:
Mary Taylor Jacobs, Florida
Linda Kreussling, New York
Rena Labat, Louisiana
Lynn Long, Texas
Linda Palmgren, Colorado
Carol Rich, Illinois
Patricia Ann Rodriguez, Delaware


Thank you to the following for your generous donation to the Campaign for the Future!




Darlene Adams, MississippiDiane Addante, Illinois
Susan Alexander, KentuckyJan Allen, Wisconsin
Terri G. Allen, AlabamaRoberta Atkinson, Alabama
Maria Artaechevarria, ColoradoPeggy Barnes, Kentucky
Mary C. Baird, MassachusettsMaurie Barton, Idaho
Freddy Lou Barneburg, OregonJean Battaglia, New Jersey
Henrietta Belcher-Stack, DelawareDiane Bell, Colorado
Brenda Bennett, MarylandAlice Betlach, Illinois
Susan Bielenda, IllinoisSuellen Brazil, Alabama
Elaine Brickman, ColoradoMary Ellen Brock, New Jersey
Rosemary Brown, New YorkNancy Burdick, Washington
Lynda Burton, VirginiaElizabeth J. Bush, Georgia
Kathy Canzano, New YorkJuanita Bryant, North Carolina
Wendy Carriker, North CarolinaMary Ann Carmichael, Michigan
Elaine Chandler, GeorgiaSharon Carter, Georgia
Nora CliftonJackie Clark, Alabama
Sabra Clarke, KansasLisa Close, Maryland
Babs J. Condon, MarylandSandi Conway, Texas
Karen Crandall, NebraskaJody Cunningham, West Virginia
Angela Cutrera, LouisianaGeneal Dart, Utah
Randy Davis, AlabamaElizabeth Davy, Wisconsin
Fran Derlinga, VermontJoan Duffy, Connecticut
Edie Edlund, MassachusettsSarah Entsminger, Virginia
Carolyn Forbes, DelawareShirley Gomes, Massachusetts
Reno Manning Eitel, MarylandMarjorie Goodwin, Maine
Helen Gonion, AlaskaDella Gowan, Tennessee
Gayle Hanna, IowaSherry Harder, Colorado
Sherry Rudder, ColoradoMichele Hartlove, Washington, DC
Sara Ann Harper, New MexicoChris Herzog, California
Patricia (Louise) Heitman, IllinoisMary Irons, Rhode Island
Carol Ann Hontz, New JerseyDana Jones, Indiana
Constance Jones, IllinoisNancy Jones, Washington
Jan Jones, NebraskaBessie Konishi, Colorado
Sandi Jones, New HampshireRena Labat, Louisiana
Lee Kraus, MarylandBeverly Lassiter, North Carolina
Kia LaBracke, WisconsinKate LeMere, Colorado
Susan Lawler, ArizonaCaroline Mahaffey, South Carolina
Fran Leonard, MichiganKaren Martinek, Iowa
Trisha Mahoney, New JerseyLinda McCourt, Arkansas
Marianne Maynard, ArkansasAntoinette Miller, California
Mary A. Moore, VirginiaKaren Morris, New York
Ann Norwood, WyomingKathleen Palermo, Missouri
Jennifer Nowak, MassachusettsElfriede K Parker, Massachusetts
Sue O’Dell, ColoradoDavid M. Pauks, Arkansas
Linda Palmgren, ColoradoSandra Phillips, Iowa
Jill Passaretti, New JerseyMarianne Potter, Wisconsin
Penny Peterson, ArizonaMary C. Powell, Florida
Jacquelyn Pierce, IllinoisSusette Dalton Redwine, Kentucky
Joan Powell, NevadaCaroline Richardson Mahaffey, South Carolina
Connie Radcliffe, North DakotaMarie Richter, New Mexico
Carol Rich, IllinoisJoyce Rogers, Montana
Dana Richardson, West VirginiaRita Sanders, Oklahoma
Lavonne Robbins, VirginiaTina Shaw, West Virginia
Linda Ross, OhioMarijo Shide, North Dakota
Theresa Rudder, ColoradoBarbaralu Smith, Colorado
Teresa Sanford-Shipplett, IllinoisTina Smith, New Hampshire
Antoinette Scully, MontanaSuzanne J. Stein, Alabama
Sheila E. Shea, MassachusettsDeb Strahanoski, Illinois
Betty Shields, VirginiaBonnie Thom, North Dakota
Marian St.Clair, South CarolinaMary Jo Thomas, West Virginia
Pat Stevermer, MinnesotaWendy Thompson, Kentucky
Lynne Sullivan, MassachusettsJanet Trombetti, Rhode Island
Debbie Thomas, ArkansasJoyce Ward, Oklahoma
Rosemary M. Thomas, West VirginiaKaren Marie Wasik-Saunders
Vicky Ann Trimmer, PennsylvaniaBecky Weber, Illinois
Sandra Varner, ColoradoEmily White, South Dakota
Gay Warren, North CarolinaLin Wilken, Ohio
Carole Weaver, FloridaPatricia Williams, Tennessee
Barbara Whitaker, OhioEdna Wilson, Indiana
Lucy Willard, GeorgiaPatty Witzel, Colorado
Mary Beth Williams, ColoradoSarah Willman, Virginia
Teri Wise, ColoradoTressa Wolfe, West Virginia




Clubs and State Federations

GFWC AlabamaGFWC Alaska
GFWC Alice’s Centennial AngelsGFWC AR Past State Presidents Club
GFWC Carlene’s EmeraldsGFWC Celina History Club, Ohio
GFWC ColoradoGFWC Colorado Valleys District
GFWC DelawareGFWC Georgia
GFWC KentuckyGFWC Ebell Club of Fullerton, California
GFWC Lincoln Woman’s Club (Nebraska)GFWC Great Lakes Region
GFWC MassachusettsGFWC Iowa
GFWC Middle Atlantic RegionGFWC Maine
GFWC NebraskaGFWC of MA Junior Membership
GFWC New England RegionGFWC Mississippi
GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club (Georgia)GFWC Nevada Past Presidents Club
GFWC New YorkGFWC New Jersey
GFWC Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club WisconsinGFWC North Carolina
GFWC OregonGFWC Ohio
GFWC Paradise Valley Woman’s Club, ArizonaGFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club, Nebraska
GFWC Rhinelander Woman’s Club, WisconsinGFWC Past State Presidents Club
GFWC South Central RegionGFWC Rhode Island
GFWC Southeastern RegionGFWC Southwest Region Club, Colorado
GFWC TexasTennessee England Society
GFWC VirginiaGFWC Vermont
GFWC West Valley Federated Women’s Club, CaliforniaGFWC Washington
GFWC Woman’s Club of Laurel, MarylandGFWC Wisconsin
GFWC Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach, CaliforniaGFWC Woman’s Club of Maplewood, New Jersey
GFWC Woman’s Club Tewksbury, New Jersey GFWC Wyoming
GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Maryland 





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