Our Vision: "Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams."

Founder Region 


A global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to

 the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Founder Region is so named because the first Soroptimist

club met  and was chartered in Oakland, California in 1921

when the first club, Soroptimist Association of Alameda

County (now known as Soroptimist International of Oakland

 - The Founder Club) was formed.  The Constitution of that

first club stated the purpose of Soroptimist was "To foster

the spirit of service..."  That purpose and "spirit of service"

drives every Soroptimist club, district, region, and

federation to this day.

Who we are

Soroptimist is an international organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. We are a global volunteer organization that economically empowers women and girls by providing access to education, the single most effective anti-poverty intervention. Over 80,000 Soroptimists in 122 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best. Learn more.

Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs including the Live Your Dream Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimists STOP Trafficking.

Soroptimist also sponsors Live Your Dream.org, an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more. They also have access to inspirational articles, tips, and blogs that can help them live their own personal dreams.

MISSION

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. 

VISION

          Women and girls have the resources and  opportunities to reach their full potential  and live their dreams. 

CORE VALUES

Gender Equality
Empowerment
Education
Diversity & Fellowship

Live Your Dream:
Education & Training Awards 
for Women

Soroptimist's Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women assist women who provide the primary financial support for their families. 

Dream It, Be It:
Career Support for Girls

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse. 

LiveYourDream.org

LiveYourDream.org is a movement fiercely dedicated to ensuring every woman and girl has the opportunity to reach her full potential, be free from violence, and live her dreams. 

Best for Women

Soroptimist is an international organization of volunteers who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. We are a global volunteer organization that economically empowers women and girls by providing access to education, the single most effective anti-poverty intervention. Over 80,000 Soroptimists in 122 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

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