Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women. The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA. The name Soroptimist is a coined name meaning “best for women.”
Soroptimist’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
Members and Clubs
Soroptimist International (the organization’s parent organization) has about 95,000 members. Soroptimist International of the Americas has about 45,000 members. Soroptimists are business and professional women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups.
Soroptimist International members reside in about 120 countries throughout the world. Soroptimist International of the Americas' clubs are located throughout these 19 countries and territories: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States and Venezuela.
Soroptimist International of the Americas' programs are funded in part by investment income and member's dues and contributions. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the organization depends on outside contributions from those who want to help improve the lives of women and girls.
Projects Benefiting Women and Girls
Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the organization.
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