This step-by-step guide has been created to support clubs in the design and implementation of local-level club projects.
Every Soroptimist club conducts local-level projects that improve the lives of women and girls. But is your project meeting its goals? Are your goals defined? Learn more about how project evaluation can help your club improve the impact of its projects while attracting additional supporters.
Soroptimist clubs in the United States are often confused about advocacy and lobbying and what is permitted under the Soroptimist International of the Americas 501(c)3 tax exemption. This FAQ will answer all of your club's questions.
Does your club have local partnerships? Partnerships can sometimes present difficulties—especially if your partner only wants your financial support. This document describes how to form and maintain effective partnerships.
Working with Girls
Does your club project involve girls?
On the Procedures for Working with Youth page, clubs can access the SIA Standards for Working with Youth, training resources, and essential release forms to support your club in conducting programs in a safe and secure environment for participating youth.
Venture, S Club and Sigma Societies
Some Soroptimist clubs conduct projects in their local community creating clubs for young women or girls. Venture, S and Sigma are considered club-sponsored projects.
Region program chairs are there to help you with your region-related program questions or concerns. Contact your region program chairs with any questions you might have. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions for Using Writable PDF Documents
Some program materials are writable PDF files so members can type information right onto the document. If a document is a writable PDF it is designated in its title. To type on a writable PDF:
- First save the writable PDF file onto your computer. (If you immediately begin filling out the writable PDF file without having saved it onto your computer, your information will not save.)
- Open the writable PDF file you just saved onto your computer.
- Using your mouse, click on the blank space designated for form answers.
- A cursor will appear.
- Type in the correct information.
- Once all parts of the form are personalized, select Save As from the File menu to save the document.
Violence Against Women and Girls
Soroptimists STOP Trafficking
The goal of Soroptimists STOP Trafficking is to raise awareness about sex trafficking. To that end, Soroptimist has developed a card that provides information about the sex trafficking of women and girls. The information is provided in a simple and powerful way that will encourage readers to get involved by visiting the SIA web site to learn more about how to end sex trafficking. The cards are designed to be handed out at any time of the year, but especially on December 2nd the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and/or January 11th the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (U.S. only).
In the photo below, SI/Sedro-Woolley, Washington, members participate in a street march near the county courthouse and transit center to increase sex trafficking awareness.
The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence
This campaign is an ongoing effort to raise awareness about a little addressed domestic violence issue: domestic violence as a workplace concern. The materials include copy-ready hotline cards with the recommendation that clubs distribute them in women’s rest rooms in a workplace setting. These cards encourage people to visit LiveYourDream.org to learn more about how they can address workplace domestic violence. The campaign takes place on November 25th, the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. SIA also offers Domestic Violence Workplace Guidelines, containing information and instructions for members and clubs to implement domestic violence policies in their workplaces.
Soroptimist Teen Dating Violence Project
Teenagers are especially vulnerable to dating violence because they don’t always have a clear understanding of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. To raise awareness among teenagers about teen dating violence, Soroptimist has created the Soroptimist Teen Dating Violence Bookmark and other resources.
Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award
The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The award is given to young women whose activities make the community and world a better place.
SIA focuses its resources on providing sustainable, measurable change in the lives of women and girls to grow our collective impact. Because of that, the board of directors decided to discontinue region and federation support for the Violet Richardson Award in order to grow SIA’s new girl program, Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls. However, clubs wishing to continue to participate can do so using the resources below.
The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women
The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women recognizes and honors the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. A ruby is also a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients. The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.
Live Your Dream Awards
Dream It, Be It
Soroptimist Club Grants