Projects that benefit women and children
Our Annual Grant which focuses on work in the Americas
Education Awards and Development Grants programs of The FAWCO Foundation
A Note from the 3rd VP, Philanthropy
Wow! What a crazy year and a half this has been for me. I have met so many wonderful people through FAUSA and have enjoyed many of the activities that FAUSA now offers, including an exhilarating experience at the Getaway in Santa Fe! My husband and I returned from Brussels in 2019 and in 2020 my husband took an interim position, so I was living alone in a new house! FAUSA came to my rescue during that time. I have always been involved in church philanthropy as my husband is a pastor, but the amount of good that FAUSA and its sister organizations accomplish is truly amazing. FAUSA itself has awarded more than $48,000 through Grants, and given over $240,000 in Donations to FAWCO’s grants, awards and projects. Our members are truly generous and amazing. We are all philanthropic in one way or another and, by becoming members of FAUSA, we are showing the world we CARE and are willing to SHARE. Together we do great things!
Susan Frick, FAUSA 3rd VP, Philanthropy 2021-2023
The seeds of the FAUSA Philanthropic program were planted in 1997 with donations of backpacks filled with books and school supplies for children in Bogotá, Colombia. FAUSA’s philanthropy has evolved through the years to become a dedicated and reliable support for FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation. In 2018, FAUSA was granted tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status to better enable our members and other supporters to donate to our causes.
2023-24 Annual Grant Application
Applications are now being accepted for two $5000 FAUSA Annual Grants, deadline: August 31, 2023. The grants will be awarded at our Annual Meeting and Getaway in Nashville, TN. The recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting on September 30, 2023.
2022-2023 FAUSA Grant Recipients
FAUSA grants are chosen in the autumn, for a 12-month grant period. Thanks to the generosity of FAUSA members, in 2022 we expanded our support from one to two annual recipients of $5,000 each.
Project Beloved: Beloved Bundles and Soft Interview Room for Project Beloved in Ft Worth, TX submitted by Therese Hartwell
Project Beloved strives to educate, advocate, and collaborate to change the conversation about sexual assault and empower survivors to find their voices, with the vision of a world where survivors of sexual assault are heard and believed, perpetrators are prosecuted, and justice is served.
The $5000 grant will be used to fund a soft interview room and to purchase the items for 35 Beloved Bundles. Soft interview rooms are considered an integral component of trauma- informed care in rape and sexual assault cases. The rooms provide comfortable rather than stark spaces in which law enforcement can interview sexual assault survivors. Beloved Bundles contain simple clothing, undergarments, travel-sized hygiene products and stress-relieving items, such as a stress ball and adult coloring book, items that allow the survivor to leave the exam with dignity and the knowledge that someone cares. When a survivor goes to the hospital to have a forensic exam by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), often called a "rape kit," and law enforcement is involved, many times their belongings are seized as evidence, and they are left with nothing to wear home from the exam or the needed evidence cannot be retained. Tracy Matheson created Beloved Bundles in response to this need.
Lamp Foundation: Women’s Health Program for Expectant Mothers and Babies for the Lamp Foundation in Cité du Soleil submitted by Elizabeth Hemminger
Lamp’s program serves one of the poorest and most marginalized communities in Haiti. In the absence of the Lamp for Haiti Health Center, residents of this shantytown would not seek out medical care until a person is close to death, since the cost of care would simply be beyond the financial capabilities of the families that live here. Prenatal care would simply not take place in the absence of the Lamp’s Women’s Health Program, with very dire consequences since the risks to the mother and child are already so high in this environment.
The $5000 grant will pay for 250 expectant mothers and their babies to have high-quality health care. It will pay for all routine exams, full labs, pre-natal vitamins and supplements, ultrasound and treatment of existing conditions. It will also cover the cost of follow-up by the Community Health Workers from the clinic.
Recent FAUSA Supported FAWCO Development Grants
2023 FAUSA Effecting Change for Women and Children at Risk Development Grant: $4000 (made possible by the Coughlan Foundation)
Recipient: Refugee Assistance Alliance - Community sponsorship, South Florida, USA, Nominated by: FAUSA
RAA helps forcibly displaced people from Afghanistan, Syria, Latin America or other nationalities. Through RAA, newcomers isolated by language and culture find connections, support and a sense of belonging in our land. RAA trains ordinary people to help refugees.
2022 FAUSA Effecting Change for Women and Children at Risk Development Grant: $4,000
Recipent: Empowering Community Health Workers in a Haitian Shantytown, Cité Soleil, Haiti
Past FAUSA-supported Development Grants can be found at the end of this page, and on The FAWCO Foundation site.
Recent FAUSA Supported FAWCO Educational Awards
2023 FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award, $4000
Recipient: Doan-Trang (Suzy) Nguyen, member of AWC Berlin
2022 FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award, $4000
Recipient: Brooke Viertel, member of AWC Hamburg
2021 FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award: $4000
Recipient: Andrea Stoddard
Past FAUSA Educational Awards can be found here.
2023-2025 Current FAWCO Target Project
Awesome Blossoms: An Urban Farming Project, Edible Fresh Fields for Sustainable Life in the Slums, Nairobi, Kenya
This is an initiative taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the negative impacts of climate change. FAUSA has already been credited with over $5000 in donations to this new Target Project.
2020-2022 FAWCO Target Project
Hope for Girls & Women, Tanzania
The initial goal for this project was $140,000 and the FAWCO community raised just over $177,000! FAUSA raised $9468 for Target 4 and achieved Diamond Donor Status.
Previous FAUSA-Awarded Projects (currently called the FAUSA Annual Grant)
The following is a summary of previous projects supported by FAUSA.
- Lamp for Haiti - Cité Soleil, Port-au- Prince 2021, 2022
- Veronica’s Voice - Kansas City, Kansas in 2019, 2020
- Operation Bootstrap Monduli, Tanzania - 2020
- Love People Not Pixels (now called Demand Disruption) - Houston, TX - 2020
- Pathways to Safety Internat'l (formerly American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center) Portland, OR - 2006, 2018
- Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, VA - 2018
- Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies in Houston, Texas - 2017
- The Urban Farming Guys in Kansas City, MO - 2017
- 4 Girls Foundation in Long Beach, CA - 2016
- Friends of Paradies des Indiens, Inc in Haiti - 2015
- San Francisco Safe House in San Francisco, CA - 2014
- The Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership Program - 2013
- Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, Girls Prevention Program in Houston, Texas - 2011
- The Aleethia Foundation Secret Santa Program at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD - 2011
- El Maestro En Casa, a literacy program broadcast by Radio San Miguel in the Amazon region of northern Bolivia - 2009
- Kids Help Project (TFF/FAUSA) school bags for students in Bogata, Columbia - 2007
- Amazon Children's Foundation in Rireralta, Bolivia - 2006, 2008
- The FAWCO Millennium Goal Treated Malaria Net Project - 2005
- Estancia Fraternidad in Oaxaca, Mexico - 2004-2009
- The Johanna Cecilia School in Guyana - 2004
- The FAWCO Emergency Relief Fund
Previous recipients of FAUSA’s donations can be found here.
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