NORTHWOOD WOMAN’S CLUB (NWC)

HISTORY 1968-2020

 

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Club shall be to foster interest and participation in helping to meet the philanthropic needs of our community and to stimulate the intellectual, cultural and social development of its members.

History of NWC: On April 24, 1968, Northwood Woman’s Club was formed by nine women residing in Dallas, north of LBJ Freeway, who wanted to contribute to their community while promoting social opportunities. From this humble beginning, they quickly added seventy-five members. The first NWC General Meeting was held on June 25, 1968 at a member’s home. NWC grew rapidly and in May of 1969 clearly established its purpose by declaring itself a civic organization rather than merely a social club. From its inception, NWC has sponsored fundraising activities to benefit the community and its designated beneficiaries.

The NWC Charitable Fund was established in October of 1974 to process funds raised through NWC’s expanding philanthropic activities. The first major fundraiser, the NWC Home Tour, was held on April 23, 1976, and enabled NWC to donate more than $4,800 to selected charitable organizations primarily helping the needs of women, children and families in the Dallas area. The Home Tour flourished during its twenty-five year history and until 1991 was the sole NWC major fundraising event. In the early 1980’s, NWC strongly supported the establishment of the Fretz Park Public Library. After NWC qualified for tax-exempt status, the members increased activities to raise funds.In 1991 the annual Kaleidoscope Dinner-Dance-Auction began. The  theme for this event varies each year, and since 2001, the annual Kaleidoscope has been the major fundraiser for NWC.  In 004, the highly successful Table Tops Dine by Design fundraiser began. This event allows outside designers and members an opportunity to display their artistic talents in the form of decorative table designs, each with its own individual theme. In April of 2007, “NWC Golf Classics” became an immediate success, appealing to golfers within our club and local sponsors, further adding to the fundraising activities and continuing for five years.  “Seconds to Go” rummage sale was a fundraising event in April 2010 and 2012. It provided the community with needed clothing, household items at affordable prices, and the sales raised funds for our beneficiaries. Corporate Sponsors are an integral component of our organization.  Their financial support enables NWC to continue its community service mission. NWC enjoys partnering relationships with companies and is extremely proud and grateful for the continued support of these renowned establishments.  A Divinely Decadent Birthday Luncheon in honor of NWC’s 50th anniversary was the major 2018-2019 fundraising event.

Philanthropy: From its inception, NWC has raised $6+million dollars that have been donated to meet grant requests from a variety of area service agencies. Each year the NWC Philanthropy Committee receives and carefully evaluates applications for requested financial support from a variety of local charitable agencies which work to benefit the community. The designated NWC beneficiaries for each year are selected after a thorough and careful process of research, evaluation and on-site visitations. Local charities are the recipients of the funds raised and are presented checks at the May General Meeting.  To commemorate NWC’s 50th Anniversary (1968-2018), NWC partnered with a single beneficiary, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas thus establishing a $500,000 permanent endowment, the Northwood Woman’s Club Endowment for Callier Center Patient Care. Funds will be used to support delivery of care to patients and families with limited financial resources.

Scholarships: Beginning in 1979, NWC has provided two scholarships at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1986 a permanent endowment fund was established, The Northwood Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund. Additional monies have been added to the endowment fund through the years. Northwood Woman’s Club continues to be the second longest consecutive giving organization to the University of Texas at Dallas. It was established to support two high achieving students who demonstrate both a financial need and a strong desire to continue their education.  Since 1979, over 100 students received scholarships.  In 2015 The Northwood Woman’s Club of Scholarship at Communities Foundation of Texas was established. The fund awards scholarships to deserving female students currently residing in Dallas or Collin County, who intend to pursue a degree at any accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or eligible trade/vocational school in the United States or its possessions. Since 2015, 40 female students received scholarships.

Community Service: NWC members are actively involved in selected “hands-on” Community Service Projects throughout the Metroplex. NWC is also represented by members on the Board of Directors of numerous local charitable agencies. Our members consistently volunteer over 14,000 hours annually to the community.  In addition to the distributions to our designated beneficiaries, NWC supports a number of Special Projects. Each August, members donate carloads of classroom supplies to designated schools. In December, hundreds of new toys are distributed to children in need for the holidays. In April 2013, the first NWC Sack Hunger Food Drive collected over 4.2 tons of food which were delivered to various agencies. This project continues each year.  NWC has expanded its geographic boundaries over the years and presently welcomes members from all areas of the Greater Dallas Metroplex.

Social Activities: The social aspect of NWC is as meaningful and rewarding as its philanthropic endeavors. The social activities provide our members with opportunities to strengthen friendships, and the monthly meetings provide opportunities for intellectual, cultural and social development.