About Us

(this page updated 6/5/16)

Who We Are

The 49 clubs of GFWC Michigan have approximately 1,700 dedicated clubwomen working with our national organization the General Federation of Women’s Clubs by striving to improve our communities locally and globally. Our efforts continue to make a difference as we work within our clubs as truly dedicated volunteers.

GFWC is proudly represented in thousands of communities around the world by over 104,000 dedicated volunteers working to better the lives of their neighbors, make towns safer and more beautiful, and extend the hand of support and friendship to individuals near and far. We are mothers and daughters, business and community leaders, and women of diverse interests, talents, and backgrounds – all united by a dedication to community improvement.

What We Do

GFWC members understand that there is no single issue and no single solution. GFWC is distinguished from other nonprofit organizations in that clubs have the freedom to shape programs and projects that suit local communities and interests, while benefiting from the expertise and support at district, state, regional, and national levels.

Whether aiming for the passage of a Congressional bill to prevent violence against women or mentoring at-risk girls at a local elementary school, we are proactive, determined, visionary volunteers with a national voice and a local passion.

Unity in Diversity

Our motto emphasizes our ability to use the diversity of our backgrounds to work toward a unified vision and purpose of enhancing our lives and the lives of those around us. Our members hold a wealth of resources in terms of interest, knowledge, and experience.

Our programs provide a wide range of issues: Our impact is local, our reach is global. Our average annual contributions are $47 million dollars donated; 5.5 million hours volunteered and over 136,000 projects completed. GFWC sets the tone for the flexibility that has enabled us to grow and adapt to the changing lifestyles and concerns of women through more than a century of volunteer work.

Program Areas

Arts

Creates and contributes to art education and activities by raising public consciousness and connecting members and clubs with their communities

Conservation

Advances an understanding of and appreciation for all aspects of our environment and the world’s natural and manmade resources.

Education

Promotes a commitment to lifelong learning through educational opportunities and stimulates action to address concerns related to literacy in communities at home and around the world.

Home Life

Strengthens individuals, families, and communities by informing members of issues they can better engage in that create a better quality of life for all citizens.

Public Issues

Inspires advocacy and highlights proven historic involvement in investigating and developing programs focused on veterans, citizenship, and safety.

International Outreach

Affects change for our global friends in communities around the world through advocacy, education, and action.

GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention

Extends the understanding of the issues and concerns of domestic violence while presenting programs and projects that support, encourage, and assists those directly affected.

GFWC Juniors’ Special Project: Advocacy for Children

Promotes programs that protect children from harmful situations; encourages healthy lifestyles; supports and provides best practices for emergency care; and prevents substance abuse and youth suicide.