“CFWC Keeping Up With The Times"

​​California Federation of Women's Clubs



“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” 
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

The GFWC Community Improvement Program (CIP) is GFWC’s longest standing project, it has provided GFWC clubs with a platform for developing and implementing projects that meet the varying and changing needs of their communities. The CIP includes an award contest for Club projects.

Club projects that help make your community a better placed to live, by revitalizing distressed communities and improving living conditions, are ‘community improvement’ projects and are eligible for national recognition and reward. The CIP award rules and entry form can be viewed at GFWC.org and the CFWC website.

PROJECT IDEAS: Appoint a Club GFWC Community Improvement Program Chairman. Almost anything can be turned into Community Improvement Project that addresses a specific, unique need within the community. Large or small project qualify.

ACTIONS: Promote actions that make your club an essential part of the community’s activities, through networking and strong relationships with members and various organizations:

Implement partnerships that raise your club’s and GFWC’s profile within the community, such as: GFWC clubs; GFWC partner organizations; Professional or other membership organizations; Government entities; other nonprofit organizations.

Establish your Community Improvement project as an ongoing community effort that lasts as long as the community need remains.

Reference other Advancement Guides in the GFWC Club Manual.


Projects MUST be accomplished during the program period: January 1, 2018- December 31, 2019. It does not have to start or end within this timeline;report only those activities planned and accomplished during this period.

All club entries are submitted directly to your State Community Improvement Award Chairman and must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2020.   

Certificates awards will be distributed at the GFWC convention.