The World Council of Service Clubs was a popular world platform for charity organizations. It was a platform intended for the youth and it has an age limit which restrains individuals older than 45 years to participate. The associations that participate in this project were not affiliated to political or sectarian entities are their members are individuals with different professional and occupational backgrounds. The objects of these members were wide and they include, although not limited to, encouraging the promotion of social activity, encouraging high ethical standards, increasing the public awareness regarding the public welfare by stimulating the individual interest in such areas, and promoting the understanding among individuals coming from different cultures, speaking different languages and having different political backgrounds.
WOCO and its members had no administrative entities, nor committees or big overhead. The costs were always covered by the members of the organization as this was he best way to ensure that the money raised for charity purpos ewent where it was intended to. WOC was a worldwide charity organization that is represented in all continents and comprises over 60.000 members. The organization was committed to promote a socially better future by targeting to enable over 1 million children and their families to have a better life.
WOCO included any national service club associations which together formed the joint international commitment. These include Active 20-30 International, Ladies Circle and Round Table as well as other associations. The organization was founded in 1922 and ever since it has extended its projects both locally and globally. As it has no administrative body, WOCO worked through a network of more than 30.000 who were committed to the aims of the organization and got involved in the organization and support of the projects that took place in different parts of the world, but mostly in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia. Most of the projects were intended for children and were mainly related to the healthcare and education sectors.
The great majority of the projects were free of overhead costs and about 50% of the funds invested in the projects come from the organization’s members. WOCO foundation however looks for matching grants and made sure that the aims of the foundation were met from a financial point of view. Compared with other charities, the way in which this foundation worksed generated a 4 to 1 advantage. To put it simple, in a project worth 2 million dollars, half of the sum will be provided by donors and the rest by members. The foundation charged only 5% of the donor’s funds as a small management fund which offsets the honorary work that the foundation put into the project together with its members.
The WOCO foundation, through its global action and local investment ensured efficiency in planning, sourcing and managing of the projects. The job of the foundation was however not finished here, since in monitoring is an important part of their tasks through which they are committed to achieve their aims in the long term.