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The Altrusa International Foundation was established in 1962 as the charitable arm of Altrusa International. It funds the development and implementation of effective community services and leadership programs around the world. In total, over three million dollars have been given in community service grants and educational scholarships through our international outreach, committed to improving economic well-being and quality of life.

91% of International Foundation income goes back to our communities.

In the past five years, we have:

  • Distributed over $350,000 to volunteers at Altrusa Clubs in support of their local community service projects
  • Granted $53,000 in support to children and their families affected by diseases and disabilities
  • Partnered with healthcare organizations and provided over $28,000 in grants to Ghana and Mali in West Africa
  • Distributed $34,000 to communities left devastated in the wake of natural disasters around the world
  • Granted $47,000 in educational scholarships and awards to high school students and their sponsoring Altrusa Clubs

Giving Programs

Giving Programs

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Lamplighters are Altrusans or Altrusa Clubs who’ve contributed US$500 or more to the International Foundation in a twelve month period.
Individuals are recognized with a gold Lamplighter pin. An Altrusa Club receives a Lamplighter patch for their club banner.

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Lucente Lamplighter

The Lucente Lamplighter is named after Josie Lucente, who served 20 years as the Altrusa International Foundation’s Executive Director.

An individual who is honored, or makes, a total of ten US$500 contributions receives the unique Lucente Lamplighter pin.

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Club 21 Program

Established in 1997, the name Club 21 was chosen to emphasize the Altrusa International Foundation’s commitment to children affected by disease and international health concerns in the 21st century.

Through an annual contribution of US$21.00 or more, an individual can become a part of the International Foundation’s effort to support this special fund. An annual contribution of US$210.00 or more allows an Altrusa Club to be a club-level member.

Disaster Relief Fund

The Altrusa International Foundation, Inc. is committed to supporting reputable local organizations providing immediate, swift aid to the millions of people left devastated in the wake of recent disasters.

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Endowment Fund

Designed to be the legacy for the future, the Endowment Fund is invested. Interest income provides substantial support to the Grants Program and funds the Community Leadership Award.

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Planned Giving

Planned giving includes a bequest through your will, gifting through a retirement plan, annuity, or trust, donations via a life insurance policy, and other types of deferred giving that benefit Foundation.

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