Welcome to Payvand and the Iranian Federated Women’s Club!

Established in 1995 and 1996, respectively, we are a local 501C-3, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization .
Our mission is to integrate and empower the Iranian-American community by promoting arts and culture in the Bay Area. We bring educational services, scholarships and various cultural activities to the community.

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The Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC) (est. 1996) is a local, non-profit, nonpolitical, and none religious group

Payvand Cultural School

The Payvand Cultural School (est. 1995) was founded on our belief that Iranian American youth need…

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Our Mission

  • To teach Iranian-American children about their heritage through a combination of Persian literacy and history classes, Iranian dance, art, speeches, songs, sports, and games.
  • To encourage cooperation and collaboration through special cultural events and projects.
  • To help children become involved in the community and gain the confidence needed to represent themselves, their families, and their culture.
  • To build bridges between generations of Iranians so that all may learn and grow together as a community.
  • To teach parents and new immigrants the English necessary to manage their daily lives independently.
  • To acquaint new Iranian immigrants and their parents with American English and the American culture.
  • To facilitate citizenship classes and teach new immigrants their civil rights as Americans, and how to take advantage of this country’s citizen rights and privileges.

To empower the women in our community through, art, education, civic engagement and service, Persian culture, and cuisine.

Payvand’s Cultural School

The Payvand Cultural School (est. 1995) was founded on our belief that Iranian American youth need to participate in a healthy community that fosters Iranian traditions, heritage, and language, while still encouraging successful American cultural integration. PCS provides educational instruction and opportunities for social interaction in Persian (Farsi) and English, and also teaches traditional Iranian music and dance. PCS also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. Our school is run by experienced teachers and dedicated volunteers

“Imagine That You Have Your Very Own Magic Carpet!”

About the Iranian Federated Women’s Club

The Iranian Federated Women’s Club is a member of the Loma Prieta District, California Federated Women’s Club and the General Federated Women’s Club. The Iranian Federated Women’s Club is the sole entity authorizing the withdrawal of money from the account to/for qualified individuals, contractors, teachers, and other organizations. Our grants and sponsors of events and projects do not promote any religious or political interest.


There are many benefits of belonging to a socially conscious network of active women with roots in local communities and branches around the world. Local clubs focus on meeting specific needs in their communities through volunteer service projects. GFWC program materials, publications, meetings, seminars, and conventions assist our members in designing and implementing effective programs and projects. Opportunities are available for local, state and national recognition through program awards. Federation is the mechanism through which information, ideas, insights and inspiration are promoted and shared.


THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS (GFWC) is one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer service organizations. Working locally through thousands of clubs in the United States and globally in more than 20 countries, GFWC members support the arts, preserve natural resources, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, stress civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. Clubs shape their local agendas to suit particular community needs. Each local chapter benefits from membership, service, material, and program support from state and national Federation levels. GFWC headquarters in Washington, DC, a National Historic Landmark, houses the Women’s History and Resource Center, a collection of books, periodicals and records devoted to women’s history and women in volunteer organizations.

The California Federation takes pride in its community service projects. We are especially proud of our efforts to enhance the leadership, tutoring and mentoring skills of our volunteers, members of the community and especially today’s youth. Through seminars, conferences, forums, and traveling leadership teams, we can make a difference in the way people cope in their day-to-day lives, in our ever-changing complex world.



  • To encourage leadership for individuals, for schools and for our communities.
  • To provide guidance in a variety of areas such as women’s health, prevention of family violence, child abuse prevention, and crime prevention.
  • To train volunteers who will work to eradicate illiteracy.
  • To provide our youth with the vocational and technical tools they need to be successful and productive citizens.
  • To motivate and produce the kind of volunteers who will meet the needs of their communities and make a positive impact in California.

“Striving to Build Foundations to Bridge Cultures and Communities.”

Interculture, Intergeneration, and Integration Program (3i-Program)

Community Partners:

  • CPAA Culture and Arts Center
  • Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC)/Payvand

The 3i-Program is a collaboration of the CPAA Culture & Arts Center and Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC)/Payvand, both of which are 501c-3 non-profit organizations. Each has a long history of promoting culture and arts in the community. The purpose of the 3i-Program is to bring members of the community together in a safe, inclusive, and culturally diverse environment where learning through the arts can thrive. The program offers services to those of all ages.

The 3i-Program is the first cross-cultural community service of this kind. The ultimate goal is to share our experiences learned at the San Jose location, in the heart of Silicon Valley, to establish similar services in other locations across California and beyond.

“Every Person is Defined by The Communities She/He Belongs To.”

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