NORTHWOOD WOMAN’S CLUB (NWC) HISTORY 1968-2018

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 Kaleidoscope has been the major fundraiser for NWC.

In 2004, 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 many companies and is extremely proud and grateful for the continued support of these renowned establishments.

Philanthropy

From its inception, NWC has raised millions of 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 women and children. 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 each year with checks given to them at the May General Meeting.

Scholarships

Beginning in 1979, NWC has provided two scholarships at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1986 a permanent endowment fund was established there, 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 its inception, over 100 students have been served from this scholarship.

In 2015 The Northwood Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas was established. The fund will support one or more deserving female students currently residing in Dallas or Collin Country, Texas, 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.

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 10,000 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 also 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.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS

NWC has been recognized throughout the years for its tireless volunteer and philanthropic service to the community. We appreciate the many awards and recognitions we have received from the:

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (2008)
    Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

  • City of Dallas Mayor’s Award (2006)
    Special Recognition for Service to the Community

  • Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center (2008)
    Mentor Award

  • Community Partners of Dallas (2008)
    Outstanding Donor

  • CONTACT Crisis Line (2005)
    Spirit of CONTACT Award

  • Dallas CASA
    Volunteer Coordinators (2006-2016)
    Honorary Sponsor of 2014 Cherish the Children Luncheon (2014)

  • Dallas City Council (2011)
    Recognition for Service to Community

  • Dallas Federation of Woman’s Clubs (1991-2000)
    Outstanding Club

  • Family Gateway
    Volunteer Organization of the Year (2001)
    Outstanding Service Group of the Year (2002)
    “Keep on Shining” (2003)

  • Family Outreach
    Distinguished Service

  • Governor’s Community Motivator (Nomination 2006)

  • Our Friends Place (2017)
    “Ebby Award” for Advancement of Young Women in Texas

  • Promise House
    Emergency Youth Shelter Renovation (2008, 2012)
    Community Partner (2008, 2012)

  • Scottish Rite Hospital (2014)
    Recognition for 20 Year’s Service in Tree Decorating for Christmas

  • University of Texas at Dallas
    Excellence in Education (2008, 2012)
    Gifford K. Johnson Award for Community Service (2014)
    Honorary Sponsor of Mae Jemison lecture at UT Dallas Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series (2014)

  • Women’s Council of Dallas County (2003)
    Outstanding Volunteer Organization

NORTHWOOD WOMAN’S CLUB PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTIONS FROM 1968 TO PRESENT

Northwood Woman’s Club has sponsored fund raising events to benefit the community and NWC chosen beneficiaries from its inception. Our members have given tens of thousands of service hours to these efforts and have raised over millions of dollars for local agencies and community endeavors.

1968-69                                                                                                      $25

Help is Possible

1969-70                                                                                                    $246

Richardson High School Choir SMU Fine Arts

Emergency Care Center Children's Medical Center Prestonwood Newcomers Club

1970-71                                                                                                 $2,599

Goodwill Industries Channel 13

Richardson Assoc. for Children With Learning Disabilities (RACLD) - Film

RACLD-10 Scholarships to Teachers Chosen by NWC for Course in LD Child & Adolescent Center

Richardson General Hospital Cardiac Monitor Fund Cooperative Training Ctr.

1971-72                                                                                                 $1,290

RACLD

Special Care School

Hospitality House (Senior Citizens)

1972-73                                                                                                $2,101

Cooperative Training Center Arthritis Research

  1. Medical School

Channel 13 & Richardson Chamber of Commerce

1973-74                                                                                                 $1,650

Richardson Chamber of Commerce Special Care Center

Dallas Epilepsy Association Cooperative Training Center RACLD

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr.

1974-75                                                                                                 $4,605

Richardson Chamber of Commerce Community Improvement Council Thelma Boston Home

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr. RACLD

Dallas Public Library - Fretz Park Branch

1975-76                                                                                                 $6,175

Richardson Chamber of Commerce Dallas Heritage Society

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr. Sparetimers Club

Dallas Society for Crippled Children Thelma Boston Home

Fretz Park Library

1976-77                                                                                                 $5,030

Autistic Treatment Center Creative Leaning Center Family Outreach

Fretz Park Library

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr.

 

1977-78                                                                                                 $7,000

Fretz Park Library

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr. Sparetimers

Autistic Treatment Center

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society (DABS) RACLD

1978-79                                                                                                 $9,000

Fretz Park Library

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr. Fairhill School

UTD Scholarship

1979-80                                                                                                $11,800

Domestic Violence Intervention Alliance, Inc. (The Family Place) Family Outreach

UTD Endowment Scholarship

1980-81                                                                                               $13,350

Domestic Violence Intervention Alliance, Inc. (The Family Place) Family Outreach

UTD Endowment Scholarship

1981-82                                                                                               $21,600

Domestic Violence Intervention Alliance, Inc., (The Family Place) Family Outreach

American Indian Center

UTD Endowment Scholarship The Shelton School

Fretz Park Recreation Center (CPR Dummies) Fretz Park Library (Books)

Neighborhood Youth Svc.

1982-83                                                                                               $26,800

MADD

Family Outreach Meals on Wheels UTD Scholarships Scottish Rite Hospital Deaf Action Center Fretz Park Library

1983-84                                                                                               $32,600

UTD Scholarships UTD Callier Center Suicide & Crisis Center Dallas Pilot Home

Fretz Park Recreation Ctr. Meals on Wheels

Scottish Rite Hospital Family Outreach Fretz Park Library

Richardson Families in Action

1984-85                                                                                               $33,800

Two UTD Scholarships Notre Dame Vocational Ctr. Scottish Rite Hospital Family Outreach

Richardson Families in Action DABS

1985-86                                                                                               $36,800

Two UTD Scholarships Scottish Rite Hospital Pilot Home

FOCAS

Dallas Service for Visually Impaired

Genesis

Deaf Action Center

1986-87                                                                                               $44,200

Two UTD Scholarships Dallas Pilot Home

Dallas Service for Visually Impaired

 

1987-88                                                                                               $41,000

UTD Scholarships DABS

Contact Dallas Dallas Challenge

Genesis Women’s Shelter STEP Foundation

1988-89                                                                                               $35,250

UTD Scholarships Scottish Rite Hospital The Family Place

East Dallas Community School STEP Foundation

Contact Dallas

1989-90                                                                                               $54,600

UTD Scholarships Scottish Rite Hospital

Neighborhood Service Council - My Time Program Dallas Challenge

Collin County Women’s Shelter STEP Foundation

1990-91                                                                                               $45,020

UTD Scholarships STEP Foundation FOCAS

Camp John Marc

CONTACT Telephone Counseling Neighborhood Services Council

1991-92                                                                                               $54,500

UTD Scholarships

Alzheimer’s Association - Dallas Chapter FOCAS

Interfaith Housing Coalition Neighborhood Services Council North Texas Poison Control Center

Special Camps for Special Kids - Camp John Marc

1992-93                                                                                               $67,000

UTD Scholarships

Alzheimer’s Association - Dallas Chapter FOCAS

Interfaith Housing Coalition

Literacy Volunteers of America/Dallas CONTACT 214

1993-94                                                                                               $69,250

UTD Scholarships

Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Dallas Chapter CONTACT 214

Dobie Primary School

East Dallas Community School The Family Place Neighborhood Service Council

North Texas Taping and Radio for the Blind, Inc.

1994-95                                                                                               $81,734

UTD Scholarships

CASA (formerly FOCAS) Neighborhood Service Council Dobie Primary School Interfaith Housing Coalition Our Friend’s Place

Ronald McDonald House

 

1995-96

 

$92,725

 

UTD Scholarships

 

 

Alzheimer’s Association

 

 

Bryan’s House

 

 

Deaf Action Center

 

 

Our Friends’ Place

 

 

Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas

 

 

Ronald McDonald House

 

 

Neighborhood Service Center

 

1996-97

 

$144,115

 

UTD Endowed Scholarships

 

 

Alzheimer’s Association

 

 

Bryan’s House

 

 

Deaf Action Center

 

 

Our Friends Place

 

 

Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas

 

 

Reconciliation Outreach

 

 

Interfaith Housing Coalition

 

 

UTD Endowment Fund

 

1997-98

 

$164,862

 

Alzheimer’s Association

 

 

CONTACT Counseling and Crisis Line (CONTACT 214)

 

 

Dallas CASA

 

 

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Dobie Primary

 

 

Interfaith Housing Coalition

 

 

Neighborhood Service Council

 

 

Prevent Blindness Texas

 

 

Ronald McDonald House

 

 

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

 

 

University of Texas at Dallas Endowment Fund

 

 

Scholarships: Tommie Sue Sampson Memorial Fund

 

1998-99

 

$167,370

 

Ark

 

 

Bryan’s House

 

 

CONTACT Counseling and Crisis Line

 

 

Dallas CASA

 

 

Dobie Elementary School

 

 

Interfaith Housing Coalition

 

 

Neighborhood Service Council Our Friends Place

 

 

Prevent Blindness Texas

 

 

University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

 

 

Trinity River Mission

 

1990-00

 

$175,500

 

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

 

 

Dallas CASA

 

 

Family Gateway

 

 

Neighborhood Service Council

 

 

Ronald McDonald of Dallas

 

 

Vogel Alcove

 

 

UTD Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

2000-01

 

$231,500

 

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

 

 

Dobie Primary Elementary School

 

 

Family Gateway

 

 

The Family Place

 

 

Genesis Women’s Shelter

 

 

Our Friends Place

 

 

Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas

 

 

Vogel Alcove

 

 

UTD Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

 

2001-02                                                                                              $174,500

Calumet Community Center CONTACT Counseling & Crisis Line Dallas CASA

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Dobie Primary School (RISO) Family Gateway

Genesis Women’s Shelter Neighborhood Service Council, Inc.

St. Phillip’s School and Community Center UTD Endowed Scholarship Fund

Vogel Alcove

2002-03                                                                                              $162,000

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center CONTACT Counseling & Crisis Line Dallas CASA

Dobie Primary School (RISO) Genesis Women’s Shelter Interfaith Housing Coalition

Neighborhood Service Council, Inc. Our Friends’ Place UTD Endowed Scholarship Fund

Vickery Meadow Learning Center

2003-04                                                                                              $178,000

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center CONTACT Crisis Line

Dallas CASA

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Family Gateway

Interfaith Housing Coalition Neighborhood Service Council, Inc. Our Friends Place

UTD Endowed Scholarship Fund Vickery Meadow Learning Center Wilkinson Center

2004-05                                                                                              $245,000

Community Partners

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Genesis  Women’s  Shelter Interfaith Housing Coalition Vickery Meadow Learning Center UTD Scholarships

2005-06                                                                                              $209,000

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Family Gateway

Genesis Women’s Shelter Habitat for Humanity The Wilkinson Center UTD Scholarships

2006-07                                                                                              $276,000

CASA of Collin County Community Partners Dallas CASA

Our Friends Place Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

UTD Endowed Scholarship Fund

2007-08                                                                                              $251,586

Children’s Medical Center Legacy

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center CONTACT Crisis Line

Interfaith Housing Coalition Promise House

UTD Endowed Scholarships

 

2008-09

 

$230,200

 

Dallas CASA

 

 

Family Gateway

 

 

Family Outreach of Collin County

 

 

Promise House

 

 

Special Care and Career Services

 

 

Wednesday’s Child

 

 

UTD Endowment Fund

 

2009-10

 

$161,015

 

Community Partners of Dallas

 

 

Interfaith Housing Coalition

 

 

NETWORK of Community Ministries, Inc

 

 

Our Friends Place

 

 

UTD Endowment Fund

 

2010-11

 

$235,000

 

Attitudes and Attire

 

 

Family Outreach

 

 

Neighborhood Services Council

 

 

NETWORK of Community Ministries

 

 

Friends of Wednesday’s Child

 

 

Wilkinson Center

 

 

UTD Scholarship

 

 

UTD Endowment Fund

 

2011-12

 

$190,000

 

CASA of Collin County

 

 

Dallas Furniture Bank

 

 

Genesis Women’s Shelter

 

 

Mission East Dallas

 

 

Neighborhood Services Council

 

 

Vogel Alcove

 

 

UTD Scholarship

 

2012-13

 

$281,000

 

Austin Street Centre

 

 

CONTACT Crisis Line

 

 

Dallas CASA

 

 

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

 

 

Our Friends Place

 

 

UTD Scholarships

 

 

UTD Endowment Fund

 

2013-14

 

$270,000

 

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center

 

 

Dallas CASA

 

 

Genesis Women’s Shelter

 

 

Interfaith Housing Coalition

 

 

North Texas Food Bank

 

 

Promise House

 

 

UTD Scholarships

 

 

UTD Endowment Fund

 

2014-15

 

$292,500

 

CASA of Collin County

 

 

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County

 

 

Family Compass

 

 

New Friends New Life

 

 

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

 

 

NETWORK of Community Ministries, Inc.

 

 

UTD Scholarships

 

 

Communities Foundation of Texas NWC Scholarship

 

 

2015-16                                                                                              $255,250

Austin Street Center New Beginning center New Friends New Life Nexus Recovery Center Rainbow Days

St. Simon’s After-School UTD Scholarships

Communities Foundation of Texas Scholarships

 

2016-17                                                                                              $291,800

Friends of Wednesday’s Child

Genesis

North Dallas Shared Ministries

Our Friends Place

Promise House

Shared Housing Center

UTD Scholarships

Communities Foundation of Texas Scholarships

 

2017-18                                                                                              $297,000

Attitudes & Attire                                                                                     

Callier Center for Communication Disorders                                      

Cristo Rey Dallas                                                                                  

Dallas CASA                                                                                               

Interfaith Family Services                                                                

St. Simon’s After-School                                                                           

NWC Scholarship at Communities Foundation of Texas 

 

 

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS                                                                      $5,785,544