History of ACIW
In 1927, while hosting a Christmas Party, Mrs. Frances Brown Brough realized that there were 22 American women living in Bombay with a lot of time on their hands and a desire to learn more about the city of their adoption. A year later, a group of 13 women came together and founded the American Women’s Club of Bombay.
In an interview on February 21, 1953, on the Club’s 25th Anniversary, Mrs. Brough was asked about the success of the club: “It’s a simple thing. The Club has survived these twenty-five years because its members have tried to do something for other people.”
What began as a Club for American Women quickly expanded to include an International membership; In 2018, in celebration of its 90th Anniversary and to accurately reflect the diversity of the membership, the Club name was changed to American Club for International Women, Mumbai.
To date, with the support of sponsors, donors and our amazing members, the Club has donated over $150,000 USD, making a difference in the lives of so many.
In 1930 the first Gala, The American Tea Dance, was held in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Since then the Club has held a Gala event every year to raise funds for charities.
On May 12, 2018 a 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Dance was held with a Memorabilia Walk, Live and Silent Auction, Dinner and Dancing to 9 decades of music. Guests celebrated and opened their hearts to raise a record amount to be donated to the poor and disadvantaged in Mumbai.
ACIW Charity Shopping Mela
Recognizing that charities often do not have the funds to market themselves, the ACIW Charity Shopping Mela was introduced to provide a platform for charities to showcase and sell their products, and to give them the opportunity to interact with thousands of visitors from the local and expatriate communities.
Charities are offered a free table while social enterprises and unique vendors pay a small fee to participate. All funds go directly to support the work of worthy charities.
The 2019 ACIW Holiday Charity Mela was held at the Trident BKC, due to the pandemic we have not had a Mela since but are planning a Mela in 2023.
Making a Difference
Since inception, the Club has supported grassroot nonprofits. Our focus is to support and empower women, young girls, children, and differently-abled.
Our 2023-2024 Charities
Over the years ACIW Mumbai has donated to the following charities: