The founding members of Nevada's Twentieth Century Club were forward-thinking. They exerted their influence and power to better our communities through philanthropy. They put it in writing--the Club's bylaws include a Philanthropic Committee--to recommend grant opportunities for charitable, scientific, literary, educational, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
The ladies of the Twentieth Century Club were savvy investors. They bought the corner property at First and Arlington streets in downtown Reno in 1896. They sold the property 1980s, and invested the profits. Recognizing the power of large scale investing, the Club is carrying its commitment to philanthropy and scholarships for women into the next century through an endowment with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.
Sometimes community needs come in different shapes and sizes. The members of the Twentieth Century Club recognize this, and for more than 100 years have assisted in meeting those needs. During the world wars, the members worked as aides, drove in motor corps, and entertained troops through the USO. Today, the grassroots activism continues whether it is disaster relief or stuffing a bus for seniors.