Frequently Asked Questions

What is Soroptimist?
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Our programs include volunteer opportunities, educational grants and awards, and campaigns that strive to end obstacles facing women and girls worldwide including human trafficking, sexual slavery and domestic violence.

What does the word “Soroptimist” mean?
Loosely translated from Latin, Soroptimist is a coined term meaning “Best for Women.”

How can I join Soroptimist International of Coronado?
Women who are interested in joining our Soroptimist club should contact

Soroptimist International of Coronado supports what projects?
SI Coronado supports more than 14 projects that improve the lives of women, girls, and children locally, nationally and internationally.  Additionally, we offer awards and scholarships including the Women’s Opportunity Award,  the Violet Richardson Award, the Jane Granzer Award, the Monarch School Scholarship and the Southwestern College “Living Your Dream” Scholarship.  Our Club is also involved in STOP Human Trafficking.  Our major fundraiser is the Soroptimist Annual Luncheon & Auction held in the Spring each year.

How are Soroptimist projects funded?
SI Coronado projects are funded by member dues, personal donations, and our annual fundraiser. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Soroptimist also depends on outside contributions from people who support the Soroptimist mission.

How can I support Soroptimist International of Coronado?
Our primary aim is to provide monetary support through scholarships and donations to local, national and international organizations and charities that advocate for women, girls, and children.  We collect during the holiday season Teddy Bears and Toys for Tots.  We encourage you to attend our annual fundraiser held in the Spring of each year.  We also invite you to join us at one of our meetings held on Thursday mornings from October to May to find out more.

How many members are in Soroptimist?
Soroptimist International has about 95,000 members. Soroptimist International of the Americas has about 40,000 members. Soroptimist International of Coronado has more than 50 active members and continues to grow.

How many countries make up Soroptimist?
Soroptimist International members reside in about 120 countries and territories throughout the world. Soroptimist International of the Americas’ clubs are located in 20 countries and territories: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States and Venezuela.

What is Soroptimist’s relationship with the United Nations?
Soroptimist International has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which oversees U.N. activities and policies promoting human rights. Representatives from Soroptimist International can request agenda items, submit written statements for circulation to all members of the council, make oral statements at meetings, and contribute to other U.N. gatherings and seminars. Soroptimist representatives are volunteers and work in one of the four U.N. centers in New York City, Paris, Vienna or Geneva. It is in this forum that Soroptimist representatives can advocate for the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls.