Soroptimist Fundraising

Our fundraising programs benefit everyone in the community, but especially women and children. Basically, we raise money and then give it away, as well as donating time and energy to the community.

Our Club has provided many outstanding services:

  • Raised $35,000 through our event "Ruby Award Dinner & Dance". These funds benefited First Responders Support Network’s program for life partners of first responders.
  • Raised $20,000 through our event "Lunch With Belva Davis" and other fundraisers. These funds benefited Homeward Bound, WCPR and other Soroptimist projects.
  • Raised over $200,000 in funds for the Jeannette Prandi Children's Center. The Center is used to interview sexually abused children and to eliminate the trauma of multiple interviews.
  • Donated $30,000 to the Pickleweed Park Community Center to establish the Homework Center.
  • Donated to Marilyn's Fund and the Penny Jay Fund for breast cancer victims.
  • Donated to the Sarah Varon Foundation for Rett Research.
  • Donated to the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat Center.
  • Donated to the Marin Fire and Life Safety Program.
  • Furnished the meeting/recreation room and other donations to the Marin County Abused Women's Services (now Center for Domestic Peace).
  • Volunteer time and donations to the Marin Literacy program.
  • Donation of a mobile hearing testing unit and bus to the schools.
  • Assisted in the furnishing and redecoration of Whistlestop, a center for Marin County seniors, plus funds for its kitchen.
  • Scholarships to teenagers who volunteer in the community and to re-entry women who are the sole support of their dependents.

Some of the international projects which we have been involved in are providing schools and educational opportunities for girls in Nepal, safe water for villages in Senegal, setting up a network of clinics for children in Bangladesh, providing vocational training for women in India, Western Samoa and Brazil, and helping victims maimed by landmines by supplying artificial limbs and training people to remove landmines in Laos and in Angola.


Who We Support

The Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center

The Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center is a child-friendly, state of the art forensic interview center for children suspected of being abused. Soroptimist International of Marin County was a founding contributor to the Center, and it is one of our club’s identifying projects. We collaborate with the Center in providing educational programs on a variety of issues.

Recent topics include human trafficking, missing children and on-line predators, and challenges to family relationships in the digital age. Jeannette Prandi was the first female Sergeant in the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and served for many years as the investigator for juvenile cases.

For more information about the Center, go to www.prandicenter.org.


SOS Program of the First Responder Support Network

SOS Program of the First Responder Support Network is a six day residential critical incident debriefing program for the Significant Others and Spouses of emergency responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress. In treating the first responders, retreat practitioners discovered early on that the families of these brave individuals suffer vicarious traumatization. Thus, SOS was born and flourishes today.

Public agencies often pay for first responders to receive assistance, but not for their family members. SIMC provides scholarships to SOS to cover the cost of the program for partners of first responders so they have access to healing, education, and support.

Find additional information about First Responder Support Network and SOS at www.frsn.org.


Soroptimists Stop Traffic

Anti-Human Trafficking efforts are supported in many ways:

  • We are dedicated to educating the public about the realities of human trafficking. We do this by participating in local, national, and international events, and particularly by showings of our film “What is Human Trafficking?” based on our 2014 educational forum. The film has been widely shown, including to the Soroptimist Founder Region Conference, the Bay Area Association of Grand Jurors and the California Association of Grand Jurors, local police agencies in Prague, and at the United Nations in New York. Go here to see the film.
  • Our club was instrumental in the formation of the Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking (MCCEHT), and continues as Coalition member. We are regularly represented by several club members at Coalition meetings and events. Learn more about the Coalition at www.mcceht.org.
  • We awarded a cash grant to Community Violence Solutions to cover the costs of emergency shelter and other essential expenses for victims of human trafficking in Marin County. Go to www.cvsolutions.org for more information about CVS Solutions.

Breast Cancer patients

Breast Cancer patients are supported via an annual Style-a-Thon. Each October, hair stylists from a San Rafael salon owned by one of our members donate their time, and all proceeds are donated to the Marin Cancer Institute for patients’ wigs, cosmetics, and other expenses not covered by insurance.


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