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What is FAWCO?

Founded in 1931, FAWCO is an international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations comprising 62 member clubs in 31 countries worldwide, with a total membership of around 10,000. FAWCO serves as a resource and a voice for its members; seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of human rights, health, education and the environment; advocates for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; contributes to the global community through its Teams and The FAWCO Foundation, which provides development grants and education awards. The organization is a global women’s NGO (non-governmental organization), and since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

FAWCO Mission Statement

FAWCO is an international federation of independent organizations whose mission is

  • to build strong support networks for its American and international membership;
  • to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide;
  • to advocate for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; and
  • to mobilize the skills of its membership in support of global initiatives for education, the environment, health and human rights.


If you will be returning to the U.S. in the near future, be sure to take a look at the FAUSA website, where you will find a list of resources, with links pertinent to repatriation. If you are looking for a club in another country, see FAWCO for a listing of member clubs.

What does FAWCO do?

As a United Nations accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, FAWCO is particularly active in global issues such as:

  •  Education/Literacy
  •  Environment
  •  Health
  •  Specific Concerns for US Citizens
  •  Women’s and Children’s Rights

Where can I learn more about FAWCO, and what I can do to help?

Contact your Amsterdam FAWCO Representative and/or visit the FAWCO website. Membership is to FAWCO is included in the AWCA membership.

Register as a FAWCO Member!

The FAWCO Foundation

The FAWCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO.  Each spring, this amazing organization awards Education Awards and Development Grants.

The Education Awards, each for $5000, are open to AWC members and their children in areas of arts, sciences, humanities, dual cultural, and more, and the application deadline is in January each year.

The Development Grants, each for $5500, are awarded in the areas of education, human rights, health, and the environment. The deadline for application is in January each year.

To find out more about these awards and grants, visit FAWCO Foundation.


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All members of the AWCA enjoy membership to FAWCO. The AWCA has been a proud member of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas since 1971. For more information, please visit our FAWCO page or contact your friendly FAWCO Rep.

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