About Us

About Us

In September 1870, a group of women from prominent German families residing in San Francisco formed our organization to provide much-needed aid to German women and children who were new to California.

By 1900, the membership grew to over 250 women and the organization has continued to carry on its mission for the past 140 years. Despite the hardships and obstacles created by the 1906 Earthquake, the Great Depression, and two World Wars, the Society has continually distributed assistance to women and children living on the edge of poverty.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide short term emergency financial assistance and support to women and children of German origin or heritage who reside in the Bay Area. The German Ladies’ General Benevolent Society (GLGBS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.


Since 1870, countless women have served as officers and directors of our organization. Today, the Board of Directors is comprised of women from the Bay Area. The Board meets monthly. Client cases are reviewed with the greatest degree of compassion and confidentiality.

Learn more about our current leadership…

Jack Finnigan


Prospective clients notify the Society of their circumstances and special needs. After their application and supporting documentation for assistance has been reviewed and approved, the Board determines the best method of providing assistance.


The assets of the Society are held in an account with a financial institution and are invested and distributed with the approval of the Board of Directors. The annual charitable disbursements do not generally exceed the sum of the yearly interest earned to ensure that the Society will maintain sufficient funds to operate in perpetuity.

Daniel Sesser