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NEWS RELEASE: Women’s Nonprofit Celebrates (Future) Women on International Women’s Day 2014

Soroptimist & Raise Funds to Educate and Empower Girls

March 7, 2014
Contact: Darlene Friedman, Senior Director of Communications, 610-389-7817,

Philadelphia, PA — In celebration of International Women’s Day, global women’s nonprofit Soroptimist and its online volunteer portal,, will launch a weeklong campaign to raise $10,000 to help support the future women of the world, as they launch a new girl program ensuring girls have the resources and connections to pursue their career goals and live their dreams.  

The campaign will begin Saturday, March 8, International Women’s Day, and end Saturday March 15.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization of women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization conducted comprehensive research that uncovered a demonstrated need for girls to have mentors and guidance that can help them understand the mechanics and logistics of establishing a career trajectory. This is an often-overlooked need that can prevent girls from reaching their full potential. The research discovered all girls have dreams for their futures, but little or no understanding of how to get there. 

“All girls have dreams,” says Elizabeth M. Lucas, CEO and executive director. “But many girls lack the knowledge of how to pursue those dreams in any real way. Our new program is going to provide girls with concrete ways of accomplishing their education and career goals.”

The Soroptimist and girl program will:

  • Encourage girls to pursue their career goals
  • Teachgirls how to set goals and overcome setbacks
  • Connect girls with role models and mentors
  • Support girls financially so they have the funds to pursue their dreams.

Donors will be awarded “Dream Architect” status, as each contribution will help build the new program and construct a brighter future for girls around the world. Architects will receive special access to girl program “sneak peeks,” as well as get a first look at exclusive Soroptimist research about girls and the obstacles they face in reaching their career goals.

To help build the new Soroptimist/ girl program, visit:

More about Soroptimist:
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist ( improves the lives of women and girls through the work of volunteers in 1,300 clubs across 19 countries and territories. Soroptimist's major program, the Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants to women for education and training, leading to improved career prospects. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women throughout the world. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.




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