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

Aug 25, 2021

Our theme this month is "World Outreach: A Global Voice for Women." We're proud and happy to be connected with so many Soroptimist sisters from around the world.

Aug 07, 2021

Kim Purdy, Ludlow Street garden owner and master gardener, guided This Old House host and landscape expert, Jenn Nawanda, through the three Ludlow Street gardens featured on the 2021 Secret Gardens Tour for several hours. This overview will be edited to a 5-to-6-minute segment and will be featured in one of 13 episodes centered around a renovation project here in Saratoga Springs. During the filming, Kim opens the segment with a quick introduction of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County and the Secret Gardens Tour. The segment will air in March or April of 2022. We will let you know when it airs, and we're thrilled that these homeowners who graciously opened up their gardens to all of us will get national attention.

Aug 01, 2021
We're a little late posting July's theme for the month, Business Success: Mentoring and Entrepreneurship.  Our July reason to join Soroptimist is Equity. Promoting fair-play and gender equality provides opportunities for every woman to thrive in the workplace. While we're at it, here are ten more ways to say Soroptimist:
Welcoming, Adept, Visionary, Compelling, Experienced, Clever, Trusting, Collaborative, Advocate, Courageous
Jun 23, 2021

Congratulations to SISC member Connie Sullivan, who has won the Spirit of Soroptimist Award, bestowed on her by Soroptimist International of the Americas, North Atlantic Region. One of the benefits of being part of an international organization is leveraging and celebrating the strengths of our members on a larger scale. We're so proud of Connie and so grateful for her wonderful service to Soroptimist of Saratoga County and the women and girls who we serve!

Jun 02, 2021
June has arrived, bringing with it our theme for the month, Women and Girls: The Joy of Achievement, and 10 more ways to say Soroptimist:
51. Understanding; 52. Accessible; 53. Exciting; 54. Passionate; 55. Committed;
56. Equality; 57. Zest; 58. Buoyant; 59. Talented; 60. Honest
Check back next month for more ways to say "Soroptimist."
May 20, 2021

As part of our Dream It Be It program, Soroptimist of Saratoga County is partnering with Saratoga County for the Women in Government Leadership Program, an opportunity for high school aged girls in Saratoga County to learn about county government, engage with the various departments, and build representation and participation. Applications are being accepted now through May 31, 2021, so if you know of high school aged girl who would be a good fit for this program, please encourage her to learn more and apply by clicking here.

May 18, 2021

The Spring Fever Golf Tournament, Monday May 24 at Saratoga National is almost here! There’s still time to buy tickets to join us for dinner at 6 pm or pick up dinner-to-go at 5 pm on May 24th. The last day to buy dinner tickets is May 20. Purchase your dinner tickets online by clicking here

May 14, 2021

Tickets are on sale now for the 26th annual Secret Gardens Tour on July 11! Advance-purchase tickets are available online for $25 each, with the options of picking up on the day of the tour or having them mailed to you (for a $2 charge per order). Click here for more information about this year's Secret Garden Tour and to purchase your ticket in advance!

May 13, 2021

Get psyched for the July 11 Secret Gardens Tour with a special one-hour Zoom program at noon on Thursday, June 3 hosted by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Join in as Soroptimist members Mary Caroline Powers and Barbara Lombardo chat with Christine Burghart, Liz Kormos and Cathy Roberts, three of the garden owners on this year’s tour. They will share their photos, philosophies, take your questions, and discuss how they plan and care for their extraordinary oases Their gardens include water features, sculptures, pollinators, pergolas, and designs for both shade and sun. Please click here to register online with the library to receive an email link. 

May 05, 2021

Ticket sales are closing soon for our Spring Fever Golf Tournament, being held on Monday, May 24 at Saratoga National. Golf ticket sales end on Sunday, May 16, and dinner ticket sales end on Thursday, May 20. If you want to join the fun, the time to act is now! Click here for more information about the event, and to purchase tickets. If you miss the deadline to register online and are still interested in golfing on May 24th, please email: springfevergolf2021@gmail.com.