Shaw Spouses' Club


Shaw Afb, SC


The Shaw Spouses' Club is a non-profit private organization dedicated to promoting a supportive atmosphere to our military families and community through camaraderie, social activities, scholarships and charitable giving.

Ruling Year



Mrs. Kristen Thoennes

Main Address

PO Box 52337

Shaw Afb, SC 29152 USA


Philanthropy, Social, Service, Volunteer, Charitable, Scholarship





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Unknown (Z99)

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Programs + Results

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One problem that we are working to address are previous negative experiences military spouses have had with spouses' clubs at other bases. These bad prior experiences can lead people to make unfair assumptions about all spouses' clubs and how they function. We continue to highlight the amazing aspects of our club to show that not all clubs are the same. The other issue we face is that not many people in the local community know about us. Therefore, local businesses, for example, may not be willing to partner with us for events like our annual Scholarship Auction because they do not know how far reaching their donations can be.

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Scholarship program

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1. Grow membership. We aim to serve the spouses of Shaw AFB and the surrounding Sumter, SC area by providing a fun environment to meet new people and build relationships. 2. Grow our scholarship program to benefit more students. In 2017, we awarded $7500 and in 2018 we awarded $10,000. We would like to see that increase year after year. 3. Grow our charitable giving program so we can donate more money to deserving local and national charitable organizations. 4. Increase the awareness of our organization within the local community so we can build partnerships with local leaders, business owners and individuals to help achieve our goals.

1. Provide fun and engaging social events that interest a range of spouses. Engage potential members through social media. Word of mouth from current and previous members. 2. Try new and different fundraising events to find the ones that will be the most beneficial to our goal of growth. 3. Build relationships with local community members that want to make a difference by partnering with us to benefit the community as a whole. 4. Participate in local events like Chamber of Commerce networking and other opportunities that arise to meet and build relationships with those in the surrounding community.

We have a large membership base with a variety of skills and talents that we can utilize to help us achieve our goals.

We will know if we are making progress by assessing our 1) membership totals and 2) amount given away each year.

In our 2017-18 year we exceeded our membership goal and continued to see interest from new people to the area. We created a summer membership special for our 2018-19 year to encourage people to join early. From our 2016-17 to 2017-18 year, we saw an increase of $2500 given away from our scholarship program.

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