General Federation of Women's Clubs Section

Links to GFWC pages: Advancement Areas; Awards & Contests; Community Service Programs; GFWC Forms; GFWC Grants; GFWC Top Projects; Partners; GFWC Reporting


Download the 2022-2024GFWC Club Manual, the best resource for your club’s efforts in enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Read about each of GFWC’s advancement areas, community service programs, and special programs. You’ll also find complete rules and criteria for all of GFWC’s awards, contests, and grants, along with the guidelines for the reporting system.

The GFWC Club Manual is a living document, and will be updated to reflect new and outdated information.

GFWC 2022-2024 Administration

  • Letter from International President
  • Administration Calendar
  • Club Manual

The above files can be found at GFWC Members Portal, My Digital Library, Resources, C, Club Manual.


Founded in 1890, GFWC’s roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and in response, formed a woman’s club—Sorosis. In celebration of Sorosis’ 21st anniversary in 1889, Jane Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to pursue the cause of federation by attending a convention in New York City. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Club by ratifying the GFWC constitution.

Since 1890, GFWC’s impact has been felt throughout communities across the Unites States and the globe.