What is Zonta International?

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.


Where is Zonta International located?

Zonta International is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA, andwhe has more than 1,200 Zonta clubs with more than 30,000 members in 67 countries and geographic areas worldwide.


What is the origin of the word "Zonta"?

"Zonta" is derived from a Lakhota word (Teton Dakota), a language of the Native-American Sioux peoples, meaning honest and trustworthy. It was adopted in 1919 to symbolize the combined qualities of honesty and trust, inspiration and ability to work together for service and world understanding.


How is Zonta International structured?

An individual, or Zontian, is a member of a Zonta club in their local community. Zonta clubs are a member of Zonta International. Zonta clubs participate in local service and advocacy efforts while supporting the global service and advocacy initiatives of Zonta International.


How can I become a member of Zonta International?

If you are committed to working for women's rights and gender equality, complete and submit the Prospective Member Questionnaire. Zonta International will forward your information to a Zonta club in your area.


How can I support Zonta International if I do not have the necessary time to commit to membership?

There are many ways to support Zonta International:

  • Donate to the Zonta International Foundation to support international service projects and educational awards.
  • Support the advocacy and fundraising efforts of your local Zonta club.
  • Join Zonta International's advocacy efforts to promote and protect women's rights and gender equality around the globe.


How can I apply for a grant from the Zonta International Foundation?

The Zonta International Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.


How can I make a donation to the Zonta International Foundation?

Donations to the Foundation can be made in a number of ways. Donate online now, or visit the Ways to Give section for information on other methods of giving.


Is my gift to the Foundation tax-deductible?

The Zonta International Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by US law. Tax deductibility outside the US is dependent on local tax regulations.


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Zonta International Headquarters

1211 West 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL, 60523 USA

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