The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada, established in 1963, is a registered charity created by the Soroptimist clubs in Canada so that Canadian Soroptimists can receive a tax benefit for donations. Each club has a vote at our Annual General Meeting. The 2022 AGM will be October 22, 11 am Pacific time, on Zoom.

The Bylaws of the Foundation are available for download here.

We fund programs related to education for girls and women. Our Club Grants provide funding for club projects like Dream It, Be It: career support for girls, and other educational programs for teens. We now participate in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Live Your Dream: education and training awards for women. Seven Canadian women in communities without a Soroptimist club benefited from our support in 2020-2021. Our main program is Grants for Women in Graduate Studies which awarded over $100,000 to women in graduate studies since 2020. Read about some of these extraordinary women by clicking on Grant Recipients.

The money to fund these programs comes from donations from Soroptimist clubs, individuals and corporate donors. Click on Donations to learn more.

To read about our first 50 years, download the PDF The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Celebrating 50 Years.

Board of Directors

The Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of five Soroptimist members elected by the clubs for a four-year term. This is the current board.

2021 – 2022

Soroptimist International of Peterborough
2018 – 2022

Alice Maxwell

Soroptimist International of Saskatoon
2021 – 2025

Barbro Stalbecker-Pountney


Wanda Richardson

Grants Manager, Eastern Canada
Soroptimist International of Cambridge
2021 – 2025

Yolanda Broderick

Grants Manager, Western Canada
Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities
2021 – 2025