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.
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.
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:
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
$10,000 (per area)
|1738 Sleeping Rooms (3 available)|
|Past Presidents Portraits|
For more information about the Campaign for the Future, please contact:
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!
Clubs and State Federations
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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 Ashcake Woman's Club
The GFWC Ashcake Woman’s Club of Ashland, Virginia may only have 15 members, but the club still manages to make a huge impact on the community.