Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my corporate name, ie add GFWC?
How do I obtain 501(c)3 status?
How do I read PDF file or get Adobe Reader?
How do I join the Members Only and create an account to receive messages and get documents?
How do I build a website?
How do I read Office 2007 or 2010 files if I have Office 2003?
How can I read Word files if I don't have Word?
How can I view Powerpoint presentations if I don't have Powerpoint?

How do I change my corporate name, ie add GFWC?

Use this form to fill in and file with the state of Florida.

How do I obtain 501(c)3 status?

from GFWC Finance Director

NONPROFIT GROUP EXEMPTIONS FOR GFWC CLUBS

We continue to receive questions from clubs requesting tax exempt status under GFWC’s group exemption as a 501c3. We would appreciate your assistance in furthering club members’ understanding of why we are not able to offer this.

It is true that for several years prior to 1989, GFWC did offer this umbrella coverage. However, in 1989, the GFWC Executive Committee decided to curtail further filings for clubs and state federations seeking nonprofit status under GFWC’s group exemption.

Reasons for this original decision include the fact that GFWC would have to hire additional staff to keep up with the paperwork and correspondence between the clubs, the IRS, and our accountants and attorneys. Additionally, GFWC is unable to act as tax advisors—tax-related issues are quite complex and can be confusing even for the most experienced legal consultants.

Since 1989, the GFWC Executive Committee has reviewed the possibility of adding clubs to the GFWC group exemption on several occasions, as recent as March 2007. Each time professionals were consulted, and GFWC was advised not to add clubs or state federations to the group exemption. GFWC would be responsible for ensuring that each club or state federation under the group exemption not only qualified to be added to the exemption, but that they continued to operate under all the provisions for nonprofit governance set forth for 501c3 organizations, the enforcement of which has become more stringent in recent years.

We regret that GFWC is not able to include additional clubs or state federations under the group exemption. While GFWC still maintains a group exemption, it is only for those clubs and state federations that applied and were approved prior to 1989. Clubs and state federations may, of course, apply directly with the IRS for their own exemption.

For questions, please contact GFWC finance director.
July 20 2007

How do I read PDF files or get Adobe Reader?

You may obtain a free copy of the Reader from Adobe.com. Often, by downloading a fresh copy, you can fix errors you may be experiencing. It is always wise to have the latest copy. Computers come with some version of this program, you can always get a new version. Be sure you delete any older versions.

How do I join the Members Only area and create an account to receive messages and get documents?

Go to Resources (remember to click it, all upper menu boxes are clickable, and look down to read the statement about signing up, a link takes you to the form. You may not have access to the Members Only area until you receive your login details which are emailed to you. You must use those details to log in at Members Only, but you can change them once there. Look for Modify Profile on the left side.
Contact the webmaster, click here

How do I build a website?

Get guidelines here. You may also use a blog from Wordpress or Blogger, etc.

How do I read Office 2007 or 2010 files if I have Office 2003?

The Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 and later versions file formats lets you view and print Word documents on a computer that does not have Word 2007 or Word 2010 installed. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 923505 How to install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack so that you can use earlier versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word to open and to save files from 2007 Office programs.

How to obtain the Compatibility Pack
To download the Compatibility Pack from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the Microsoft Web site

How can I read Word files if I don't have Word?

Word Viewer lets you view print and copy Word documents on a computer that does not have Word installed. This download is a replacement for Word Viewer 2003 and all previous Word Viewer versions. For more information, click the following link for “How to obtain Word Viewer.”

How to obtain Word Viewer
To download Word Viewer from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the Microsoft Web site

How can I view Powerpoint presentations if I don't have Powerpoint?

Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007 lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.