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
Mary C. Baird, MassachusettsPeggy Barnes, Kentucky
Freddy Lou Barneburg, OregonMaurie Barton, Idaho
Henrietta Belcher-Stack, DelawareJean Battaglia, New Jersey
Brenda Bennett, MarylandDiane Bell, Colorado
Susan Bielenda, IllinoisAlice Betlach, Illinois
Elaine Brickman, ColoradoSuellen Brazil, Alabama
Rosemary Brown, New YorkMary Ellen Brock, New Jersey
Lynda Burton, VirginiaNancy Burdick, Washington
Kathy Canzano, New YorkJuanita Bryant, North Carolina
Wendy Carriker, North CarolinaMary Ann Carmichael, Michigan
Elaine Chandler, GeorgiaSharon Carter, Georgia
Sabra Clarke, KansasJackie Clark, Alabama
Babs J. Condon, MarylandLisa Close, Maryland
Karen Crandall, NebraskaSandi Conway, Texas
Angela Cutrera, LouisianaJody Cunningham, West Virginia
Randy Davis, AlabamaGeneal Dart, Utah
Fran Derlinga, VermontElizabeth Davy, Wisconsin
Edie Edlund, MassachusettsJoan Duffy, Connecticut
Carolyn Forbes, DelawareSarah Entsminger, Virginia
Reno Manning Eitel, MarylandShirley Gomes, Massachusetts
Helen Gonion, AlaskaMarjorie Goodwin, Maine
Gayle Hanna, IowaDella Gowan, Tennessee
Sara Ann Harper, New MexicoSherry Harder, Colorado
Patricia (Louise) Heitman, IllinoisMichele Hartlove, Washington, DC
Carol Ann Hontz, New JerseyChris Herzog, California
Constance Jones, IllinoisMary Irons, Rhode Island
Jan Jones, NebraskaDana Jones, Indiana
Sandi Jones, New HampshireNancy Jones, Washington
Lee Kraus, MarylandBessie Konishi, Colorado
Kia LaBracke, WisconsinRena Labat, Louisiana
Susan Lawler, ArizonaBeverly Lassiter, North Carolina
Fran Leonard, MichiganKate LeMere, Colorado
Trisha Mahoney, New JerseyCaroline Mahaffey, South Carolina
Marianne Maynard, ArkansasKaren Martinek, Iowa
Thomas R. McDonald, III, VirginiaLinda McCourt, Arkansas
Mary A. Moore, VirginiaAntoinette Miller, California
Jennifer Nowak, MassachusettsKaren Morris, New York
Sue O’Dell, ColoradoAnn Norwood, Wyoming
Linda Palmgren, ColoradoKathleen Palermo, Missouri
Jill Passaretti, New JerseyElfriede K Parker, Massachusetts
Penny Peterson, ArizonaDavid M. Pauks, Arkansas
Jacquelyn Pierce, IllinoisSandra Phillips, Iowa
Joan Powell, NevadaMarianne Potter, Wisconsin
Connie Radcliffe, North DakotaMary C. Powell, Florida
Carol Rich, IllinoisSusette Dalton Redwine, Kentucky
Dana Richardson, West VirginiaCaroline Richardson Mahaffey, South Carolina
Lavonne Robbins, VirginiaMarie Richter, New Mexico
Linda Ross, OhioJoyce Rogers, Montana
Teresa Sanford-Shipplett, IllinoisRita Sanders, Oklahoma
Sheila E. Shea, MassachusettsAntoinette Scully, Montana
Betty Shields, VirginiaMarijo Shide, North Dakota
Marian St.Clair, South CarolinaTina Smith, New Hampshire
Pat Stevermer, MinnesotaSuzanne J. Stein, Alabama
Lynne Sullivan, MassachusettsDeb Strahanoski, Illinois
Debbie Thomas, ArkansasBonnie Thom, North Dakota
Rosemary M. Thomas, West VirginiaMary Jo Thomas, West Virginia
Vicky Ann Trimmer, PennsylvaniaWendy Thompson, Kentucky
Sandra Varner, ColoradoJanet Trombetti, Rhode Island
Gay Warren, North CarolinaJoyce Ward, Oklahoma
Carole Weaver, FloridaKaren Marie Wasik-Saunders
Barbara Whitaker, OhioBecky Weber, Illinois
Lucy Willard, GeorgiaEmily White, South Dakota
Mary Beth Williams, ColoradoLin Wilken, Ohio
Sarah Willman, VirginiaPatricia Williams, Tennessee
Edna Wilson, IndianaTressa 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 DelawareGFWC Ebell Club of Fullerton, California
GFWC GeorgiaGFWC Great Lakes Region
GFWC KentuckyGFWC Iowa
GFWC Lincoln Woman’s Club (Nebraska)GFWC Maine
GFWC MassachusettsGFWC of MA Junior Membership
GFWC Middle Atlantic RegionGFWC Mississippi
GFWC NebraskaGFWC Nevada Past Presidents Club
GFWC New England RegionGFWC New Jersey
GFWC New YorkGFWC North Carolina
GFWC Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club WisconsinGFWC Ohio
GFWC OregonGFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club, Nebraska
GFWC Paradise Valley Woman’s Club, ArizonaGFWC Past State Presidents Club
GFWC Rhinelander Woman’s Club, WisconsinGFWC Rhode Island
GFWC South Central RegionGFWC Southwest Region Club, Colorado
GFWC Southeastern RegionTennessee England Society
GFWC TexasGFWC Vermont
GFWC VirginiaGFWC Washington
GFWC West Valley Federated Women’s Club, CaliforniaGFWC Wisconsin
GFWC Woman’s Club of Laurel, MarylandGFWC Woman’s Club of Maplewood, New Jersey
GFWC Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach, CaliforniaGFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Maryland
GFWC Woman’s Club Tewksbury, New Jersey GFWC Wyoming


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