Zonta International Foundation

Empowering women through Service and Advocacy

aka Zonta Foundation for Women   |   Oak Brook, IL   |  zonta.org

Mission

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. The international service programs of Zonta International are funded through the Zonta Foundation for Women.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Ms. Allison Summers

Main address

1200 Harger Road, Suite 330

Oak Brook, IL 60523 USA

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EIN

36-3396932

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Professional Societies, Associations (Q03)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Women and girls around the world face numerous obstacles to exercising their human rights and realizing their full potential. Zonta International is a voice for all women and girls, empowering them to overcome barriers and expanding their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions. Through the generosity of our global network of Zonta clubs and with trusted, proven partners on the ground, we are able to extend our global reach and support bold, innovative solutions to address some of the biggest challenges facing women and girls.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program

Though about 40 percent of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 24.9% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 August 2020. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta has given 971 awards, US$1,109,250, to 819 young women from 58 countries.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Zonta International is passionate about providing life-changing opportunities for women and girls through international service. By partnering with agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations, Zonta has improved women’s health, provided better economic opportunities and prevented gender-based violence in 66 countries. Since our first service project, Zonta has contributed more than US$32.7 million to our International Service and Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women projects.

During the 2020-2022 Biennium, the being supported by the International Service Fund are:

Let Us Learn Madagascar:
From 2016 through 2020 Zonta International contributed US$2,000,000 to UNICEF USA to support the Let Us Learn Madagascar project. In 2020, Zonta International announced an additional commitment of US$500,000 to support Phase III. Specific objectives are to:

Ensure that more children, particularly girls (who drop out at higher levels in the post-primary level) have access to post-primary education and stay in school.
Ensure that Madagascar’s education system has the capacity to offer quality teaching for enhanced learning outcomes.

Global Programme to End Child Marriage:
Zonta has supported ending child marriage since 2014, contributing US$2 million to delay early marriage in Niger from 2014-2018. From 2018-2020, Zonta contributed US$2 million to the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage – the first private-sector donor to the Global Programme. In 2020, Zonta International announced an additional commitment of US$1,500,000 to UNICEF USA to support Phase II of the Global Programme through 2022. The priority remains on engaging adolescent girls as key agents of change in the following 12 countries with high prevalence of child marriage: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

Strengthening Response to GBV Survivors in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste:
Gender-based violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed differences between males and females. It includes acts that inflict physical, sexual and mental harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivation of liberty.

Despite growing awareness of GBV as a life-threatening violation of human rights, poor quality of services and lack of coordination among multiple response sectors have been a major impediment for effective response to GBV in Asia and the Pacific region.

Strengthening National Capacities of Health Sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste to Deliver Survivor-Centered Response to Gender-Based Violence Survivors will focus on two countries in the region with the highest level of lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence–PNG (68%) and Timor-Leste (59%). This initiative will build on the strong global and regional evidence base on what works for effective response to GBV.

Zonta International has committed US$1,000,000 to UNFPA to ensure that all women and girls in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste live life free from violence and that those women and girls who experience violence can access quality services essential to their long-term recovery.

Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru:
Adolescents, especially girls, must have opportunities to empower themselves so they can speak up for their rights and develop the self-confidence and autonomy needed to take control of their lives and bodies. Significant inequities based on gender, age, geographic location, ethnicity and income persist for many Peruvian adolescents.

Defined by the Peruvian government as the ages of 12 to 17, adolescents constitute 11.2% of the population, or 3.5 million people. However, adolescents are often considered neither children nor adults and find themselves in between.

The Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection project will contribute to guaranteeing the rights of indigenous and rural adolescents, especially girls, and respond to their needs by preventing pregnancy, addressing mental health concerns and providing a protective environment from violence by providing quality, gender-sensitive, and culturally adapted health, education and protection services.

Zonta International has committed US$1,000,000 to UNICEF USA to improve the capacity of services to respond to the health needs of adolescents—especially girls—in a timely manner and prevent violence in schools in the regions of Huancavelica and Ucayali.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. In an effort to carry out its mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,638 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.6 million, to 1,209 women representing 73 countries.

Our Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Women have made great strides in the pursuit of education, careers and leadership roles they were once denied. However, they still comprise a minority of leaders in the business world. According to a December 2019 list from Catalyst, 21.2 percent of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 5.2 percent of the companies' CEOs are women.

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program was established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta annually awards up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of US$8,000 each.

Since the program's inception, Zonta has awarded 602 scholarships, totaling more than US$1.4 million, to 460 women representing 57 countries.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The world economy, industry and sciences are becoming increasingly digitized, and these developments are disrupting society and familiar social processes. Women, however, are still largely underrepresented in technology fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments. Zonta International offered a new Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship in 2019 to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology.

For the launch of this pilot program, the Zonta Foundation for Women awarded US$108,000 in scholarships: 30 district/region scholarships of US$2,000 each and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in 2021.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Zonta Foundation for Women and Zonta International brings professional women and men around the world together for the common mission of empowering women.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Zonta International seeks to empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy.

During the 2020-2022cbiennium Zonta International, through the Zonta Foundation for Women has allocated $4.8million to:
• Reduce the incidence of early marriage for girls in twelve countries
• Respond to the health needs of adolescents—especially girls—in a timely manner and preventing violence in schools in Peru
• Ensure that all women and girls in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste live a life free from violence and providing quality services to those who experience violence
• Create opportunities for girls to receive a quality education in Madagascar
• Provide scholarships and awards to encourage young women on their way to becoming future leaders in traditionally male-dominated fields

For the 2020-2022 biennium Zonta International has established the following funding priorities:

Support International Service Projects in cooperation with UN Agencies:

Ending Child Marriage:
Promoting the right of girls to delay marriage and providing care for girls who are already married in 12 countries.
Funding: US$1.5 million

Strengthening Response to GBV Survivors
Delivering a survivor-centered response to gender-based violence survivors in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste
Funding: US$1 million

Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru
Responding to the health needs of adolescent girls and preventing violence in schools in Peru
Funding US$1 million

Let Us Learn Madagascar
Creating opportunities for girls to realize their right to an education
Funding: US$500 thousand

Education:
Annually award:
35 Amelia Earhart Fellowships of US$10,000 each

6 international Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships of US$8,000 and 32 district/region scholarships of US$2,000

10 international Young Women in Public Affairs Awards of US$5,000 and 32 district/region scholarships of US$1,500

Also, award 20 Women in Technology Scholarships of US$8,000 each once during the biennium

Since our first service project, Zontians have contributed more than US$$32.7 million to our international service projects. This has allowed us to improve women's health, provide better economic opportunities and prevent gender-based violence in 66 countries.

Zonta has awarded more than 1,638 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.6 million, to 1,209 women representing 73 countries.

Since the inception of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, Zonta has awarded 640 scholarships, totaling more than US$1.5 million, to 492 women representing 58 countries.

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award was established in 1990. Zonta has given 971 awards, US$1,109,250, to 819 young women from 58 countries.

The Women in Technology Scholarship was offered was introduced as a pilot program in 2019. For the launch of this pilot program, the Zonta awarded US$108,000 in scholarships: 30 district/region scholarships of US$2,000 each and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each.

PROGRESS - BIENNIUM TO DATE
Our projects were voted on in July 2020 and MOUs with our partner agencies have been signed for the following projects:
Ending Child Marriage:
Strengthening Response to GBV Survivors
Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru
Let Us Learn Madagascar


EDUCATION:
Amelia Earhart Fellowships - The 2021 Fellows will be selected in April 2021. The 2022 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application will be available in July 2021.
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship - Awarded 6 international and 32 district recipients in 2020. 2021 applications are due to clubs in April-June 2021. Club recipients are selected and the application is received by the district by 15 August. District/region recipient is selected and application received by Zonta International Headquarters by 15 October. The official announcement of district/region and international recipients will be in December 2021.
Young Women in Public Affairs Award - 2021 applications must be completed and presented to Zonta clubs according to the club's assigned deadline. A club recipient is selected, and the application is presented to the governor/regional representative by 1 April. The district/region recipient is selected, and the application is presented to Zonta International Headquarters by 1 May. The 2021 recipients will be announced by 1 July 2021.
Women in Technology Scholarship - The 2021 Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship application must be submitted by 15 October 2021 to be considered. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April 2022.

Financials

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Zonta International Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Langenbeck

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Ute Scholz

Mari McKenzie

Salla Tuominen

Hortense Chékété

Souella Cumming

Florence Fischer-Herber

Fernanda Gallo Freschi

Akiko Kinoshita

Dorte Olesen

Ina Waesserling

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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