Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

Community Grant Application Process is Open!


We are pleased to announce the availability of $35,000 for grants to be awarded to local organizations that support the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. 

For more information, please go to our Local Community Grants page.





We are a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training needed to achieve economic empowerment. Beginning in January 2021, Soroptimist International of Saratoga County  (SISC) is undertaking a ten-month community awareness campaign in celebration of the national club’s 100-year anniversary. In June, SISC presents “Women and Girls: The Joy of Achievement,” showcasing the many good things that women and girls contribute to our world. See below for previous themes and our series of "100 Seconds With..." interviews with exceptional women from out community.





“Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best” is a goal of Soroptimists international, and echoed by the members of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. The Coronavius pandemic affects every aspect of our lives, and Soroptimists are no exception. The organization and its members are committed to seek alternative approaches to meeting its goals, especially at a time when where face-to face meetings and events are uniquely curtailed by the virus. Members are given every opportunity to creatively pursue the agenda of making lives better for women and girls, especially since the personal hardships and economic impact of the virus affect women at risk more than ever. All activities are conducted with the health and safety of members as a primary focus, with CDC, state, and other guidelines followed as directed. As we keep each other safe, and as we pursue our goals in the most imaginative ways possible, we look forward to a challenging, yet exciting, year ahead.



Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Founded in 1921, there are approximately 80,000 Soroptimists in 130 countries and territories supporting community–based and global projects benefiting women and girls. For more information about Soroptimist International and programs that improve the lives of women and girls, visit Soroptimist.org.


Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is a club within District I of the North Atlantic Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc., one of four federations with representation at the United Nations. SISC was founded in 1979 and currently has 79 members. Each year SISC raises funds for a number of awards and grants that benefit women and girls both locally in Saratoga County and surrounding areas, as well as globally through international initiatives. Award categories include: Live Your Dream Award, Violet Richardson Award, Local Organizational Grants, International Initiatives, and Dream It, Be It. Our signature service project is Project Hope and Power, a collaborative project with Wellspring (formerly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County), designed to help women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence develop the skills needed to begin working toward financial independence. The activities of SISC are described in more detail in the other sections of this website.

Click here for a video presentation about SISC by our 2017-18 president, Marie Hoffman.

Soroptimist Vision: Women and girls have the resources and opportunities
to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
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Soroptimist 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.
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Core Values:
Gender Equality – Women and girls live free from discrimination.
Empowerment – Women and girls are
free to act in their own best interest.
Education – Women and girls deserve to lead full and
productive lives through access to education.
Diversity & Fellowship – Women from varied backgrounds and
perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
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Soroptimist -- Investing in Dreams

Contact us at: soroptimistsaratoga@gmail.com PO Box 1074, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA



Latest News

May 03, 2021

This October Soroptimist International is celebrating its 100th birthday!  That’s a century of Soroptimists transforming the lives of women and girls around the world - and that is definitely something worth celebrating! We'll gather worldwide, virtually, on October 1-3, 2021. Registration for the celebration is now open, and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to receive the greatest savings! Click here for more information and to register to join us!

May 03, 2021
May has arrived, bringing with it our theme for the month, Every Woman Counts: Diversity and Gender Equality in Action, and 10 more ways to say Soroptimist:
41. Thoughtful; 42. Focused; 43. Remarkable; 44. Confident; 45. Gifted;
46. Outgoing; 47. Genuine; 48. Proficient; 49. Invested; 50. Comprehensive
Check back next month for more ways to say "Soroptimist."
Apr 26, 2021

SISC member Barbara Lombardo has published an article about our upcoming Secret Gardens Tour in Simply Saratoga Magazine, Home & Garden edition. Her article, accompanied by spectacular pictures taken by Brian Hoffman, gives a tantalizing preview of the eleven beautiful gardens on this year's tour. The print magazine is available for free at various venues around Saratoga, or you can click here to read the whole magzine online. Barbara's article can be found on pp. 87-93. For more information about attending and supporting the Secret Gardens Tour, click here. We hope you'll join in the fun on Sunday, July 11!

Apr 21, 2021
Soroptimist of Saratoga County is excited to be partnering with Saratoga County for the Women in Government Leadership Program, an opportunity for high school aged women in Saratoga County to learn about county government, engage with the various departments, and build representation and participation. The launch will take place during National County Government Month. Soroptimist International of Saratoga County will be providing significant assistance and content for the programming. Confirmed in attendance at the launch will be NYSAC Executive Director Steve Acquario, NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council Chair Martha Saubrey, Soroptimist of Saratoga County President Sandra Reulet, and County leadership and staff. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is providing remarks for the event as well. Photo courtesy of Saratoga County.
Apr 21, 2021

Now you can support Soroptimist of Saratoga County and look good doing it! SISC is partnering with E&A Custom in Ballston Spa to offer products with our SISC logo. For now, you can buy t-shirts in several colors and styles. Soon we hope to add additional products such as tote bags, umbrellas, masks, etc. Visit our new Soroptistore now to get your t-shirt!

Apr 20, 2021

Sunnyside Gardens of Saratoga Springs has generously teamed with Soroptimist of Saratoga County by offering an online gardening event to promote the Secret Gardens Tour on July 11. You can purchase two different herb garden planters or a gift certificate to Sunnyside, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Saratoga Soroptimists. For more information about this online event, click here.

Apr 20, 2021
Soroptimists throughout the world campaign for gender equality because women feature disproportionately in the statistics on violence. Domestic violence in particular, results in proportionately more deaths and injuries for women. We want violence against women to stop. To read more about Soroptimist International's commitment to ending violence against women, click here.
Apr 11, 2021

The Spring Fever Golf Tournament at Saratoga National is less than a month away -- May 24, 2021. We want to express our deep gratitude to these sponsors of the event, who are doing so much to support our mission of helping women and girls: Herzog Law Firm, M&T Bank, Stewart's Shops, Women's Care, Adirondack Trust Company, Allerdice ACE Hardware, Kershner, Grosso & Co. Wealth Management, Saratoga Financial Services, Ianniello Anderson, P.C., and Sue and Jim Towne. To find out more about Spring Fever, and to register as a golfer or as a sponsor, visit our Spring Fever event page. We hope to see you on May 24!

Apr 05, 2021
SISC is proud to announce that AnnaMaria is our 2021 Live Your Dream Award recipient. She was awarded $5,000 to help her realize her dream of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women program provides grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.
AnnaMaria’s dream seemed more unattainable with each passing year, as she struggled to pay tuition and found herself in an abusive relationship and essentially homeless. Now AnnaMaria says “Without the Live Your Dream Award, I wouldn’t be registering for classes knowing I can pay the tuition bill. I feel as if they were sent to me and some days it still doesn’t feel real that because of them I’ll be able to walk and receive my diploma in December of 2022. These past 5 years have been a road to healing and I am proud to say I now am the Program Coordinator for a program that serves first generation, low-income students like myself.”
Help us empower women locally and throughout the world! Your support is needed more than ever! Due to COVID, our club’s last fundraiser was in January 2020 and our available funding is 40% less than last year. Learn more about how you can support our Spring Fever Golf Tournament fundraiser here: https://soroptimistsaratoga.org/SpringFever.
Apr 05, 2021
April has arrived, bringing with it our theme for the month, Compassionate Leadership: Empowerment in Action, and 10 more ways to say Soroptimist:
31. Authentic; 32. Vicarious; 33. Devoted; 34. Charismatic; 35. Action-oriented;
36. Mentor; 37. Nurturing; 38. Engage; 39. Accomplished; 40. Solidarity
Check back next month for more ways to say "Soroptimist."