Fundraising and Development Advancement
Calendar of Historic Women – Unique Calendar Sale
GFWC Laramie Woman’s Club (WY) celebrated women of historical significance to Wyoming by researching, preparing, and selling a unique calendar. The 15-month calendar featured photographs and information about the accomplishment of these pioneering women. The calendar also contained photographs of current club members in period costume, including a descendant of one of the historic women.
Speedy Fill and Squeaky Clean – Service Station Attendants
GFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club (NE) partnered with a local convenience store and volunteered as gas pump attendants on Saturdays for a month. The club members pumped gas and cleaned windshields for customers. The convenience store owner donated one cent for every gallon of gas sold during the month, and customers donated by placing money in a decorated container.
Golf Around Town – Golf Themed Fun Day for the Community
GFWC Swartz Creek Woman’s Club (MI) worked with local businesses to create a “golf course” throughout town. Each business sponsored a “hole” on the course and created a unique game to be played at that location. Course maps and score cards were distributed at the park, and as players finished the course, cards were returned at the park. Winners received prizes, and everyone had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and play games of heads or tails.
What’s The B-U-Z-Z? – Adult Spelling Bee
GFWC Murray Woman’s Club (KY) sponsored an adult spelling bee. Teams of three paid an entry fee to participate. Others in attendance paid an admission fee. Teams could purchase a “spelligan” or pay to pass on a word (prices were lower if purchased in advance). In the first three rounds, an eliminated team could pay to re-enter the bee.
Dinner for a Week – Local Restaurant Raffle
GFWC Woman’s Club of Perry Hall (MD) held a Dinner for a Week opportunity. Local restaurants donated gift cards. Enough gift cards were donated to award three levels of prizes, each consisting of a week of dinners.
Stock Your Cellar – Wine Raffle and Silent Auction
GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh (NC) held their annual Stock Your Cellar Wine Raffle. Bottles of wine were donated by local wine retailers, restaurants, and wineries. The drawing took place at a local restaurant, which donated a percentage of the evening’s sales to the club. A silent auction of donated merchandise was conducted at the event and online.
Havana Nights – Style Show and Luncheon
GFWC Woman’s Club of Aransas Pass (TX) held its annual style show luncheon. The theme was Havana Nights, and the event included a salsa dancing demonstration, the latest spring fashions for the family, and a Cuban meal. A local television anchor served as emcee for the 500 guests. Nearly 50 baskets and other prizes were raffled.
Barktoberfest – Pet Festival
GFWC Munster Junior Woman’s Club (IN) held its fifth annual Barktoberfest at a local bark park and began the day with a Bark for Life Walk. The event included door prizes, a basket auction, vendors, activities, demonstrations, a costume contest, and photo opportunities for guests and pets.
Tailgate Treasurers – Sports Raffle
GFWC East Springfield Junior Woman’s Club (OH) took advantage of a game between rival teams to springboard a raffle project. The prize package included tailgating items and two tickets to the game. The winning ticket was drawn on Facebook Live.
Get Your Butts Over Here – Smoked Meats Sales
GFWC Jubilee Woman’s Club (AL) set out to find a fast fundraiser. They worked with a local store that is known for delicious food and Boston butts. The project was held on the weekends of the Super Bowl and the 4th of July. Members printed tickets, took orders, and scheduled pickups.
Melanie Carriker 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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.