NJSFWC and GFWC

Woman’s Club of Ramsey belongs to the Ramapo District of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state and a member of GFWC.

In 1918, NJSFWC founded the New Jersey College for Women, now Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. Through scholarships to Douglass students, the Federation continues to support its strong tradition of training tomorrow’s women leaders.

NJSFWC affords every club member an opportunity to develop her individual skills, talents and abilities while supporting her local New Jersey community. Working with local clubs, NJSFWC provides opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service, enabling club members to make a difference in the lives of others.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is
dedicated to community improvement and
enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With nearly 80,000 members in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.

GFWC clubs and clubwomen are the heart of the Federation and the communities in which they live and work. They transform lives each day, not simply with monetary donations, but with a grassroots approach to hands-on projects that have immediate impact.

GFWC’s roots go back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a journalist, was denied admittance to a dinner for novelist Charles Dickens at an all-male press club. In response, she formed a woman’s club and named it Sorosis. To celebrate her club’s 21st anniversary in 1889, Jane Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to join forces at a convention in New York. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs oecially founded the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Since its formation 132 years ago, GFWC has grown internationally to nearly 3,000 clubs, and its commitment to serving as a force for good has been felt in communities across the United States and around the world.