December 10th President’s Appeal
Each year, on December 10, the SI President invites all Soroptimists to join her in making a personal sacrifice and donating money to be used to benefit Soroptimist International projects for education and leadership. When Soroptimist clubs from around the world selected education and leadership as the focus for SI work, SIA was well positioned to support this focus. Since that time, the SIA board added this core value for the organization: Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education.
SIA continues to focus on education for women and girls as the way to increase our collective impact.
For 2013-2015, SI President Ann Garvie, the SI board and the SI programme team has provided flexibility through the December 10th Appeal for the federations to support the SI theme, Educate to Lead, in the best ways for the federation – and for the women and girls we seek to help. This is an exciting opportunity for SIA to build on our work to ensure women and girls have the education they need to live their dreams.
In the 2013-2014 club year, 16 SIA clubs received $84,000 in funding to support their local-level education and leadership projects. These grants were given through the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls program and were funded by donations to President Ann Garvie’s December 10th President’s Appeal. Clubs will conduct their projects during the 2014-2015 club year and final reports will be due to SIAHQ in August 2015.
For the 2014 December 10th Appeal, SIA will continue to designate funds to support club projects focused on education and leadership through the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls. Clubs will be encouraged to apply for grants to support their local-level work providing opportunities for education and leadership to women and girls. President Ann has a special interest in solar cooker and lighting projects. Clubs with solar projects are encouraged to apply. Please see the 2015-2016 proposal for more information. Direct any questions you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working together with Soroptimists around the world, we can transform the lives of women and girls. I encourage you to support this year's President's Appeal - just think about the global collective impact we will have as we support local projects throughout the 20 countries and territories of our federation.