American Women's Club of Zurich


newlogoThe AWCZ is a founding member of FAWCO, an international network of around 12,000 members in 64 clubs spanning 34 countries. This not-for-profit, UN-accredited organization promotes the interests of American citizens living abroad.  FAWCO contributes to the global community through development grants, educational awards and support for disaster relief funds. As a member of the AWCZ you are also a member of FAWCO.

What is FAWCO?

FAWCO is an international federation of independent organization 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. 

FAWCO serves as a resource and channel of information for its members, promotes the rights of U.S. citizens living overseas and contributes to the global community through philanthropy and global issues task forces.

A not-for-profit New York-based corporation, FAWCO is also a UN-accredited NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council.

The philanthropic arm of FAWCO - The FAWCO Foundation - is an independent entity, which has donated more than $1,000,000 in education awards and development grants since its inception in 1967.

FAWCO’s members and volunteers are motivated individuals who care about the world and want to make it a better place. FAWCO’s overarching goal is to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of human rights, health, education and the environment.

The Four Pillars of FAWCO

US Issues • Global Issues • Philanthropy • Membership Support

US Issues

FAUSA logoFAWCO is the oldest and largest non-partisan organization representing private sector Americans abroad. FAWCO works to keep our members up to date on issues concerning Americans living overseas including citizenship, voting, taxation, and banking.
FAWCO was instrumental in the creation of the Americans Overseas Caucus in 2007 and participates actively in the annual Overseas Americans Week in Washington DC.
FAUSA (FAWCO Alumnae USA, Inc.) is a network for Americans who repatriate to the U.S. It facilitates the repatriation experience of members and helps them maintain their international ties.

Global Issues

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FAWCO is a United Nations accredited Non-Governmental-Organization with special consultative statuswith the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of CONGO (Conference of NGOs with ECOSOC). FAWCO supports the United Nations through its Global Issues Task Forces and Target Program.
FAWCO Global Issues Task Forces raise awareness on issues supporting the UN Millennium Development Goals (Education, Ending Violence against Women and Children, Environment, Global Aging and Health) and serve as a call to action at the club and individual level.
Every three years, FAWCO member clubs select one of these global issues on which to focus their targeted efforts through awareness and fundraising. The current project 2016 - 2019 has just been launched: Education - Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills.  To receive the monthly education bulletin, please sign up on By doing so, you will be part of the Target Program's Education and Awareness Campaign and be up to date on the Target Project timeline.
FFlogo-1The FAWCO Foundation raises and administers funds for FAWCO philanthropic efforts. The FAWCO Foundation annually distributes Development Grants to programs and projects proposed by member clubs as well as Education Awards to members, their children and grandchildren For more information about FAWCO scholarship click here 
FAWCO Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) can be activated by the FAWCO board or at the request of a FAWCO club in response to a disaster in order to provide timely emergency relief or support recovery and rebuilding projects through a reputable international organization.

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The AWCZ is a Platinum Donor ($3001-$6000) to the FAWCO Foundation.



Membership Support

Through annual global conferences, regional meetings, special interest bulletins, newsletters, and the FAWCO web site, FAWCO offers its member clubs networking and best practices sharing with clubs around the world. FAWCO’s Club Outreach Program brings FAWCO content expertise to your club.

For more information contact our FAWCO representative or go to

FAWCO Region 6 Conference

FAWCO Region 6 ConferenceThank you to all the participants of the FAWCO Region 6 Conference from the cities of Zürich, Basel, Bern,The Hague, Antwerp, Frankfurt/Taunus, Chilterns and Paris!

You all contributed to a very successful conference!

We learnt how "Every Woman Can Make a Difference", and met people who are passionate about FAWCO and won…Read more: FAWCO Region 6 Conference

FAWCO Regional Conference Report

Report on Region 6 Regional Conference

“Every Woman CAN Make a Difference”

The weekend festivities started on Thursday evening when 34 guests arrived at the AWC Zurich Clubhouse amid candlelight for a fascinating evening of wine tasting from five Swiss regions presented by AWCZ member and wine expert Kristin Fuchs.…

Read more: FAWCO Regional Conference Report

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