About

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 2024 AGM will be held in November 2024. Date and time to be determined.

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 Soroptimist members elected by the clubs for varying terms. This is the current board

Chair
April Neave
Soroptimist International of Chilliwack
2022-2025

Director
Wendy Templeton
Soroptimist International of Peterborough
2022-2024

Alice Maxwell

Treasurer
ALICE MAXWELL
Soroptimist International of Saskatoon
2021 – 2025

Barbro Stalbecker-Pountney

Secretary
Lois Taylor
Soroptimist International of North & West Vancouver
2022-2025

Wanda Richardson

Grants Manager, Eastern Canada
Jaime Griffis
Soroptimist International of Cambridge
2023 – 2025

Yolanda Broderick

Grants Manager, Western Canada
YOLANDA BRODERICK
Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities
2021 – 2024