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The Foundation

Since 1923, Zonta International has provided more than US$41.2 million to empower women and girls and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions. Through donations to the Zonta International Foundation, Zonta improves women's lives, their children's lives and the communities in which they live and work. Join us in making gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide. 100 percent of all donations to the Zonta International Foundation go directly to program support. The administrative expenses of the Foundation are covered by a grant from Zonta International and interest income. 


International Service Fund 
This fund supports programs that have provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations. Since 1923, Zonta has provided nearly US$19.2 million to projects benefiting women in 35 countries. 
Learn about Zonta International's 2018-2020 International Service Projects

Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Fund
Beginning in the 2020-2022 biennium, the Zonta International Foundation will no longer solicit donations for this fund. Technically, all support for Zonta’s international  projects, including the ones that address violence against women, will come from the International Service Fund. 

Globally, gender-based violence is the most pervasive and least recognized human rights violation. Rooted in inequality, it affects women of every race, class, culture, ethnicity, age and country. Zonta International strives to promote and protect the human rights of all women and girls and reduce the incidence of violence through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Fund by: 
  • Supporting prevention and advocacy strategies locally and internationally. 
  • Awarding grants to United Nations agencies or recognized NGOs for projects that seek to change personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behavior contributing to gender-based violence. 
  • Increasing awareness and actions related to preventing violence against women by encouraging Zonta club involvement in local and national advocacy initiatives and service projects. 
  • With the ZISVAW Fund, Zonta has provided more than US$9.5 million to support projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls in 46 countries. 
  • Learn about the 2018-2020 Biennium ZISVAW projects
Education Funds 

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund: Your gift supports 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 that are awarded each year to talented women, pursuing advanced studies in aerospace engineering and space sciences. LEARN MORE  

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Fund: Your gift supports scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each to help women who are pursuing undergraduate or Master's degrees in business management. LEARN MORE

Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Fund: Your gift supports district awards of US$1,500, and 10 international awards of US$4,000 each to honor young women aged 16 to 19, who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations. LEARN MORE  


Special Funds 

The Rose Fund: Your gift provides additional support to Zonta International Foundation programs not fully supported by fund-specific contributions and enables the Foundation to support new program development, like the Women in Technology Scholarships pilot program. 

Endowment Fund: Your gift helps provide a long-term source of income for the Foundation.  Interests and earnings from the investments  in this fund provide the Foundation with an annual stream of income to use as it sees fit. The principal of the gift is never spent, allowing the Fund to grow over time. 

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Endowment Fund: Your gift helps provide a long-term source of income for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship program. The interests and earnings from the investments in this fund provide an annual stream of income to support additional fellowships. The principal of the gift is never spent, allowing the Fund to grow over time. 

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Recent News

2 JULY 2020

Meet the young women who are changing the world

Zonta International is proud to announce the 2019 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award district/region and international recipients, who represent 20 countries.
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