SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF THE AMERICAS, INC. HQ

Investing in Dreams

aka LiveYourDream.org   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  http://www.soroptimist.org

Mission

Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director and CEO

Elizabeth Lucas

Main address

1709 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

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EIN

23-2154856

NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (R)

THE SOROPTIMIST LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARDS: THE SOROPTIMIST LIVE YOUR DREAM
EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARDS FOR WOMEN, WHICH BEGAN IN 1972, IS ONE OF
SOROPTIMIST’S CORNERSTONE PROGRAMS. THROUGH THE PROGRAM, CLUBS IN 21
COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES ASSIST WOMEN WHO PROVIDE THE PRIMARY
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR FAMILIES. LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARDS GIVE WOMEN
THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO IMPROVE THEIR EDUCATION, SKILLS AND
EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS. EACH YEAR, MORE THAN $2.5 MILLION IS DISBURSED
THROUGH CASH AWARDS. RECIPIENTS HAVE OVERCOME ENORMOUS OBSTACLES
INCLUDING POVERTY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND TEEN PREGNANCY, AND USE THE
AWARDS TO OFFSET ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR EDUCATION, SUCH AS
BOOKS, CHILDCARE AND TRANSPORTATION. ON AVERAGE: 86% OF WOMEN WHO HAVE
COMPLETED THEIR EDUCATION REPORT AN INCREASED STANDARD OF LIVING;

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

SOROPTIMIST'S DREAM IT, BE IT: CAREER SUPPORT FOR GIRLS, LAUNCHED IN 2014, SERVES AS SOROPTIMIST’S OTHER CORNERSTONE PROGRAM. THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND ROLE MODELS TO EMPOWER GIRLS TO PURSUE THEIR CAREER GOALS AND REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. IT PROVIDES GIRLS WITH ACCESS TO PROFESSIONAL ROLE MODELS, CAREER EDUCATION AND THE RESOURCES TO PLAN FOR THEIR FUTURES. CLUBS WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GIRLS WHO FACE OBSTACLES SUCH AS POVERTY OR TEEN PREGNANCY, IN SMALL GROUPS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES SUCH AS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS, OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO SUCCESS AND HOW TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER SETBACKS OR FAILURES. IN THIS FISCAL YEAR, MORE THAN 14,000 GIRLS IN 14 COUNTRIES BENEFITED FROM THE PROGRAM.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

An active and growing online community of more than 127,000 supporters empowered to speak out and act on important women's issues. LiveYourDream.org raises awareness about serious challenges women and girls face including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The community also provides volunteer action opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

SOROPTIMIST CLUB GRANTS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO CLUBS TO FUND LOCAL PROJECTS BENEFITING WOMEN AND GIRLS. IN THIS FISCAL YEAR, MORE THAN 2,500 WOMEN BENEFITED FROM THE PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY THESE GRANTS.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Accreditations


Since 2004

Awards

Gold Hermes Creative Award for Website - LYD.org 2016

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Silver Communicator Award for Activism in LYD.org 2016

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

"1 of 6 Charities Every Woman Should Know" 2016

Worth Magazine

MarCom Award 2013

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals

W3 Award 2013

International Academy of the Visual Arts

Pennsylvania Excellence Award 2015

U.S. Commerce & Trade Research Institute

Bronze Telly Award 2014

Telly Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

"Number of girls who participated in Dream It, Be It Program Curriculum"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Preteens, Adolescent girls, Young girls, At-risk youth

Related Program

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (R)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Across 21 Countries - 17,184 girls participated in the Dream It, Be It Curriculum in fiscal year 2019-2020. • 88% of participants feel more confident about their future success

"Number of girls who feel more confident about their future success after working with the Dream It, Be It Curriculum"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (R)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

"Number of girls who feel more prepared to pursue their career goals after working with the Dream It, Be It Curriculum"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (R)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

"Number of girls who say the Dream It, Be It curriculum has provided them with new tools to overcome obstacles to their success"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (R)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

"Number of girls who created achievable goals for their future after working with the Dream It, Be It curriculum"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (R)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

"Number of women served through the Live Your Dream Awards"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Economically disadvantaged people, Women, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (R)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of women who received a Live Your Dream Award.

Percentage of all responding award recipients reported increased self-esteem.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Young adults, Young women, Older women

Related Program

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (R)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of all responding award recipients reported serving as a role model for their dependents

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Young adults, Young women, Older women

Related Program

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (R)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of sign-ups in the LiveYourDream.org community.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Caregivers, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

LiveYourDream.org

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of sign-ups of the LiveYourDream.org

Total number of actions taken through the LiveYourDream.org community.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, At-risk youth

Related Program

LiveYourDream.org

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Actions incl: online advocacy, social media campaigns and actions to spread awareness; Decrease under 16/17 due to complete database overhaul and restricting of action tracks

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By focusing on our core value of education, we envision a world where women and girls will have access to resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

We believe access to education holds the key to improving the lives of women and girls around the world. Our programming strategies focus solely on helping women and girls achieve their full potential, which in turn improves the well being of families and communities - with an impact greater than any other anti-poverty intervention.

Soroptimist International of the Americas is a global organization of more than 30,000 women in 20 different countries, speaking in 6 different languages, all working together to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

In addition, Soroptimist sponsors LiveYourDream.org, our online volunteer organization with more than 80,000 supporters. This community connects people online to do volunteer work offline to expand our mission to reach a new audience.

Our global reach, the dedication of our members/volunteers, and our experienced staff work together to increase our collective impact.

We have seen great success through the Live Your Dream Awards.

The Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania recently issued a case statement on the impact of the Live Your Dream Awards. This report indicated:

"Programs to support women's education are intended to improve the quality of life for women, and pave the way for the next generation to experience improved outcomes as well. As the results of Soroptimist's annual research with women receiving the Live Your Dream Awards demonstrate, this program achieves demonstrable impact in each of those three areas – improving women's quality of life, increasing women's confidence, and yielding multiplier effects for other women and the next generation.

This impact cannot be taken for granted. Some investments in women's education and women's quality of life yield higher returns than others. The Live Your Dream Award is such a program. It has produced demonstrable results, yielding economic and social return for women, their families, communities and nations."

With greater financial resources, we will be able to extend this program to even more women, helping them to reclaim their dreams. We also hope to see similar results with Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls, our newest program that targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success.

Financials

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SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF THE AMERICAS, INC.

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Penny Babb

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes