SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF LOS ANGELES

Fulfilling the dreams of women and girls since 1922

aka Soroptimist International of Los Angeles   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.soroptimist-losangeles.org

Mission

Founded in 1922, Soroptimist International of Los Angeles (SILA) is the third oldest club within Soroptimist International, an international organization for business and professional women who strive to improve the lives of women and girls locally and throughout the world. Soroptimist International comprises 72,000 members in 120 countries. With a focus on the Downtown Los Angeles communities, SILA provides major support to a local organization that provides shelter programs to women and their families who are victims of domestic violence. In addition, SILA provides an annual Joan Johnson Graduate Student Fellowship Award to a woman graduate student in Los Angeles. It also participates in Soroptimist signature programs Live Your Dream and Dream It, Be It.

Notes from the nonprofit

During the 2021-2022 Club Year, Soroptimist International of Los Angeles has provided the following services to our local community: We held a very successful Dream It Be It program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Venice. We awarded two Fellowship Awards and three Live Your Dream Awards. We donated thousands of medical-grade hand sanitizers and sanitizer wipes to local non-profit agencies, our region’s Live Your Dream awardees, our Dream It Be It participants and staff, as well as the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. We are improving the facilities at the Soroptimist Grove at Griffith Park in partnership with the Friends of Griffith Park. SI of Los Angeles has provided temporary housing for over 200 men, women, and children via a local non-profit agency during 2021-2022 club year. This club year also marks our club’s 100th Birthday!

Ruling year info

1949

President

Amy Poulos

Main address

P.O. Box 861897

Los Angeles, CA 90086 USA

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EIN

95-6047937

NTEE code info

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

Professional Societies, Associations (S03)

International Relief (Q33)

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

Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Award is a unique education award for women who provide the primary financial support for their families. The Live Your Dream Award gives women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

"Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls" gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

An annual cash award given to one or more outstanding women students currently enrolled in a graduate degree (Master’s or Doctor’s) program at an accredited institution in Los Angeles County. The field of study is open, but consideration is given to candidates who have high financial need and contribute to the betterment of a community through volunteer efforts, with particular attention to the betterment of women and girls.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Boys and Girls Club of Venice 2022

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve personal and economic empowerment. SI of Los Angeles' membership consists of volunteers who create, conduct, develop, and/or support programs that promote the health, safety, and personal and professional growth of women and girls.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    SI of Los Angeles participates in the youth mentoring program Dream It Be it Career Support for Girls. We moved from a weekly hour-long mentoring seminar to a one-day conference due to feedback. The schools we work with did not wish frequent contact due to Covid19 and did not want us to conduct the mentoring sessions via zoom due to privacy concerns. We moved to a one-day conference instead (observing careful Covid-safe protocols).

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have changed ways we interact with one of our community partners due to their feedback regarding security concerns for their clients - it is imperative their client's information is maintained in confidence and we have implemented new procedures they designed and requested in order to do this.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF LOS ANGELES

Board of directors
as of 08/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Poulos

Amy Poulos

Lucero Noyola

Jeri Durham

Sheila Tatum

Rena Shahandeh

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/07/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.