Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

PO Box 1074, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA

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 improves the lives of women and girls
through programs leading to social and 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.


Latest News

Jun 01, 2018
On July 8th, the Soroptimists of Saratoga County will host our 24th annual Secret Gardens Tour thanks to the generosity of our amazing local sponsors. The support they provide to our club and to our entire community will enable SISC to assist many non-profit organizations and projects that improve the lives of women and girls locally in Saratoga County, as well as globally through international initiatives. Last year, SISC fund-raising efforts resulted in awards and grants totaling over $70,000. 
Please join us in thanking and supporting all of our wonderful sponsors. A special thanks to Ned Chapman at Sunnyside Garden for hosting a wonderful Soroptimist Garden Party on May 11th:
  • Sunnyside Gardens
  • Northshire Bookstore
  • 2 West Bar & Grille
  • Bonacio Construction
  • Julie & Co. Realty
  • Cudney's Cleaners
  • Olde Bryan Inn
  • Longfellow's Hotel & Restaurant
  • Saratoga Casino & Hotel
  • Saratoga Heritage Visitor Center 
  • Saratoga National Golf Club
  • Saratoga Today
  • Susan K. DePaula
  • The Saratogian
  • Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
  • Village Pizzeria and Ristorante
  • Adirondack Veterinary Clinic
  • Balet Flowers and Design
  • Exposure Saratoga
  • Phil Drum, PhD
  • Three Group Research  
  • Bay Optical
  • Chauvin Family Dentistry
  • Edventures
  • Faddegon's Nursery
  • Hannaford Supermarkets
  • Herzog Law Firm, PC
  • James Kettlewell Fine Arts
  • Dr. Kevy Smith, DC
  • Tom Mullan Tree Services
  • Fresh & Co. Salon and Spa
  • Sausations Gift Basket
  • Impressions of Saratoga
  • Stewart's Shops
May 01, 2018
Northshire Bookstore
Soroptimist In-Store Book Fair
Saturday, June 16th, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Shop at the Northshire Bookstore during the book fair and tell the bookseller that you are "Shopping for Soroptimists.” Twenty percent of your purchases will support the Secret Gardens Tour, scheduled for Sunday, July 8. Enjoy yourself in Saratoga's exceptional bookstore. 
You can purchase gift certificates in any amount. Consider purchasing several in nominal amounts to enclose in birthday or get well cards, or to bring to a friend’s house for dinner as a unique gift.
Never put off ‘til tomorrow, the book you can read today!


Apr 17, 2018
The first Dream It, Be It Workshop was held at the Saratoga Springs YMCA on Saturday, March 24, 2018 with support from M & T Bank. Sixteen teenage girls from local area high schools were in attendance. They spent the day learning about themselves and fine tuning their hopes and dreams while learning valuable lessons about using BOTH their successes and their failures to grow and achieve their goals. The girls made new friends, had lots of fun, and look forward to a follow-up program. For more details about this event, click here.  
Jan 23, 2018

The Saratogian newspaper published an article describing this past weekend's Cabin Fever Event, which focused on the issue of human trafficking. Click here to read the story.

Jan 13, 2018

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County announces the availability of $25,000 in grant funding for organizations that serve the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. These awards, given by the club each year, seek to improve the lives and quality of life of women and girls in our local community. Please visit our Fund Distributions Grants page to download a copy of the application. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2018. 

Jan 13, 2018

Save the Date!

24th Annual Secret Garden Tour
Sunday, July 8, 2018
11 am - 5 pm

Enjoy a day visiting unique and beautiful gardens in and around Saratoga Springs and help support efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Saratoga County and around the world.

Oct 28, 2017

SISC President Marie Buckley Hoffman recently recorded this video about motivates her to care about children, SISC and Wellspring.  Click here to view the video.

Aug 18, 2017

Camp Abilities, Saratoga took place at Skidmore College, August 6-12, 2017. Camp Abilities Saratoga is a one-week educational sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. Soroptimists of Saratoga been supporters of Camp Abilities since its inception in 2013. This year Soroptimists of Saratoga County awarded a grant providing support for two campers and two counselors. Campers had a great time, enjoying a wide range of sports from track events to disc golf to judo. Pictured are Soroptimist Mary Buckley Hoffman, a teacher of the blind and visually impaired, and two campers, one of whom is a former student of hers.

Aug 08, 2017

The 19th annual To Life "Beat the Odds" Educational Forum on Breast Cancer was held at the Saratoga National Golf Club on August 8. The forum offered informative and moving presentations on the science of breast cancer, nutritional and lifestyle factors, and a personal story of a continuing battle with breast cancer and its aftereffects. Among the attendees were Sandy Silverhart (first president of SISC) and current Soroptimists Janet Foster, Alice Dean, and Connie Sullivan. Soroptimists of Saratoga is a proud sponsor of this annual event.