Global Initiative Grants

The global vision of Soroptimist International is for women and girls worldwide to have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. SISC’s two signature fundraisers, the Cabin Fever event in late January and the Secret Garden Tour in early July, support our local chapter’s funding programs.

Throughout our club’s history it has distributed funds to organizations that serve the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. In 2012 the club expanded its grant-giving program to improve the lives of women and girls outside of Saratoga County. In doing so, we are reaching out to the larger international community so that women and girls beyond Saratoga County have the resources and opportunities to achieve their full potential and live their dreams. This is accomplished by supporting programs that lead to their social and economic empowerment.

In 2020 SISC awarded grants to the following organizations for projects that align with SISC’s mission to assist women and girls internationally: Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA), Cinterandes Foundation, Drilling for Hope, The Giving Circle, Loisaba Community Trust, Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, Inc., To Love a Child, Inc., and the MooonCatcher Project,

In order to qualify, candidate organizations must be sponsored by a member of SISC, have proof of non-profit status, and provide a detailed explanation as to how the funds will be used. Grants are typically awarded for specific activities, start-ups, or capital projects. All grants awarded will be in support of projects that are clearly aligned with the vision of Soroptimist International. To see a complete description of each of the awarded projects, click here

Here is another organization that we have assisted: The Loisaba Project, which operates in Kenya, Africa. Without an education, girls in the Maasai and Samburu tribes are at risk of being trafficked, raped, genitally mutilated or enslaved. Through this organization, children are provided with education in a safe environment, where they learn to grow healthy food as part of their studies. In this picture three sisters proudly wear the first uniforms they have ever owned.

Loisaba Community Trust, Kenya

Here is another example of how your attendance at and sponsorship of Cabin Fever and the Secret Gardens Tour helps women, girls and communities at the international level through our Global Initiative Project. #SoroptimistWomenatWork. We received this note of thanks from the Loisaba Community Trust in Kenya for the support we provided through a Global Initiative Grant (note: FGM stands for female genital mutilation):

Loisaba Community Trust is thankful for and greatly appreciates the generous Global Initiative Grant from SISC. The much needed funds were used to support our Anti-FGM program in the Village of Ewaso and surrounding areas of Laikipia County in Northern Kenya. Your generous support over the years has helped bring internet service to our school, medical supplies and improvements to our clinic and family planning center. We are now able to reach even more women, girls and families to stop the FGM practice.

The global vision of Soroptimist International is for women and girls worldwide to have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. SISC’s two signature fundraisers, the Cabin Fever event in late January and the Secret Garden Tour in early July, support our local chapter’s funding programs.

To Love A Child’s partnership with SISC has provided handwashing stations, latrines, and a kitchen classroom in Haiti.
These projects have resulted in improved nutrition as well as a decrease in the spread of germs and illness.

How we empower women & girls

Live Your Dream Award

Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Awards program is a unique education award for women who provide the primary financial support for their families. The Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Dream IT BE IT

Career Support for Girls.

Gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals.

 

Project Hope & Power

Classes to give women the skills they need to increase their options for independence through personal and financial empowerment.