About Us – What We Do

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Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Soroptimist International of San Francisco is the second oldest club in the world, chartered March 6, 1922. We have been improving the lives of women and girls in San Francisco for over 96 years.

Soroptimist means “best for women” and that’s what we strive to be—an organization of women at their best helping other women to be their best. As a volunteer organization of  women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams.

Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.


logo-lydawardIn order to accomplish this goal, our organization administers several programs. Our major project throughout our federation, Soroptimist International of the Americas, of 21 countries and territories is the Soroptimist LIVE YOUR DREAM EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARD (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards), which assist women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.

Dream It, Be It- Career Support for Girls, a mentoring program that targets logo-dibigirls in secondary school (high school) who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams

Other Soroptimist programs include:

  • lyd logoSoroptimist Live Your Dream Campaign, Powered by Soroptimist, the LiveYourDream.org online community offers an alternative way to deliver our mission; strengthen and grow the Soroptimist brand; and increase resources to improve the lives of women and girls. Each volunteer decides their involvement level and how they’d like to engage or take action in a number of Soroptimist’s award-winning programs, which includes spreading awareness about causes such as access to education (Live Your Dream Award), empowering girls (Dream It, Be It), and ending violence against women (teen dating violence, domestic violence and trafficking).
  • Soroptimists STOP Trafficking, a project that raises awareness about the sex trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, law-makers and service providers to focus on this global problem.
  • Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, an awareness campaign that targets domestic violence as a workplace concern.

There are almost 95,000 Soroptimists in close to 120 countries and territories in the Soroptimist International world who contribute their time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit both women and girls.

Soroptimist International of San Francisco meets on the second Tuesday of the month (except December) USUALLY at Bazille Restaurant at 6:00 pm for socializing and cocktails with dinner and the meeting starting at 6:30 pm. We feature interesting speakers every other month on cutting edge topics about women and girls.

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC we still  meet the second Tuesday of every month (except December) but now we “meet”  via ZOOM.!  We enjoy socializing and “cocktails from home” from 6:00 to 6:30 pm and start the  Meeting at 6:30 pm. You are welcome to eat your own dinner during the meeting. We feature interesting speakers on women-focused topics every other month. Please join us!

There is no cost of course, but if you wish to donate $10, $20, $30 or whatever to help us  so we can continue to help the women and girls in our community we appreciate it! You can “buy” more than one $10 gift by changing the number next to the PayPal button. Thank you!!!


Please donate to help us continue to raise funds during this pandemic so we can keep on helping the women and girls in our community. Soroptimist International of San Francisco is a 501c3 organization with Federal Tax ID #94-6080050. {You can “buy” more than one donation of $10 on the button below!}