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Thank you from 2014-2016 Zonta International President, Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard | pdf


About Us

Zonta International Foundation (ZIF), the official charitable foundation of Zonta International, advances and sustains Zonta's global service and advocacy programs.

Every biennium, ZIF provides more than US$5 million for programs and projects that benefit thousands of women around the world. Through the Foundation, Zonta International helps women and girls overcome gender barriers to educational and professional advancement; provides opportunities for women to earn higher wages and achieve economic independence; ensures that women and children have access to quality, affordable health care; and strives to end violence against women help survivors rebuild their lives. 

The Zonta International Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization supported solely by contributions from Zonta clubs, Zontians and friends of Zonta International around the globe who share a commitment to advancing the status of women worldwide.

Membership dues collected by Zonta International support the operating expenses of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation. Contributions to the Zonta International Foundation go entirely to program support and development. 

Zonta International Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Report | pdf



Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of  professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The purpose of the Zonta International Foundation (ZIF) is to support the approved charitable and educational programs of Zonta International. ZIF raises the money that makes it possible for Zonta International to fund programs that are the catalyst for greater understanding and service to women throughout the world. 



In 1984, delegates to the Zonta International Convention in Sydney, Australia voted to establish the Zonta International Foundation. The foundation was incorporated a year later, in 1985, as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. The Zonta International Foundation is an independent organization governed by the Zonta International Board of Directors. Zonta International is the Corporate Member of the Foundation.


Zonta International Foundation Board

Names of 2014-2016 Foundation Ambassadors

Zonta International Foundation Development Committee


For questions about the Zonta International Foundation or about making a donation, contact Dana Brendecke-Carrier, Senior Development Coordinator/RE Specialist, at 1+630-928-1400 ext 203 or dbrendecke-carrier@zonta.org.

Learn more about Zonta's International Programs supported by the Zonta International Foundation.

MEMBERS - Foundation resources can now be found under Member Resources.

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