The Friends of the Army Women’s Museum Association (FAWMA) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) educational and charitable, organization. Our sole mission is to provide volunteer and financial support to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia.
We are a “roll up your sleeves and work” group and look to bring new people into the association to help with museum activities, association support and various fundraising efforts.
Our Board of Directors ensures that we are careful stewards of the monies we receive with the lion’s share of each dollar going to the museum.
We solicit donations for the museum since Army museums cannot fund raise or directly receive financial donations. All Army museums receive limited funding from the Army, and rely on nonprofit institutions, like ours, to raise money for them.
Our goals, defined by the Museum Director, are to ensure that the Museum’s exhibits, programs and collections are inclusive of all the time periods that Army women have served and accessible to the largest number of people possible. We are proud to say that FAWMA donations have been a huge support to the recent renovations to the museum.
What we can do and how we can operate is defined by the IRS and Army Regulations.
YOUR DONATIONS THROUGH FAWMA HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:
- Restoration of the reproduction WAC Chapel stained glass windows
- Placement of new outdoor statue of a ‘Female Warrior’ to represent all the Army women who served over the past 10-20 years. The statue, LT FAWMA, is a tribute to the extraordinary accomplishments and contributions that our female soldiers have continued to make to our great nation
- Restoration of the iconic statue, Pallas Athene, which has graced the Museum’s entry since its dedication in 2001. She stands majestically as the symbol of the women of the Women’s Army Corps.
- Placement of a Virginia Highway Historical Marker commemorating the WAC Training Center located at Camp/Fort Lee from 1948 to 1954.
- And most recently, support for the November 2018 Gallery Reopening Our donors enabled the museum to add several life-cast figures to better tell the stories, bring in a helicopter to an exhibit, add museum quality lighting to the galleries and purchased many other exhibit items and services.