President's Corner

International president invites Zontians to secure Zonta’s future

20 November 2017

International president invites Zontians to secure Zonta’s future

In the last month, I have had the pleasure of meeting many new and old friends during my travels to several district conferences around the world. I wish I could have been to even more conferences to speak to you in person about the projects and initiatives that were presented.

For those who could not attend your district conference, I would like to highlight the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign (CAEC). This intensive fundraising campaign was established as a way to mark the centennial anniversary, which we will celebrate in 2019.

Since Zonta’s first service project in 1923, we Zontians have contributed to the promises of Zonta’s founders and invested more than US$32.5 million in programs and projects to improve women’s health, expand economic opportunities, prevent gender-based violence and help women meet their academic and professional goals. Zonta’s service efforts have reached across the globe, but our work is not done.

Giving now for the future ensures that Zonta can do more to improve the lives of millions of women and girls, their families and their communities for generations to come. This campaign may be one of the most significant steps we ever take in Zonta.

The kickoff video presented at district conferences shows how important the Endowment Fund is for Zontians to guarantee Zonta’s future service and advocacy. Click here to watch the video with captions translated into six languages.

An endowment fund is a long-term investment, providing a stable financial base of income. Only dividends and interest from the investment can be used. The principal amount invested remains intact.

Creating a robust Endowment Fund ensures that, as the years pass by, the fund continually grows—and with it, a guarantee that we are able to maintain and enhance Zonta’s level of giving in the future. It will perhaps even sustain a long-term signature program.

I call on all Zontians and clubs to think beyond their giving to meet our biennial fundraising goals and invest in our future. Please consider a one-time gift, a three-year gift plan or a bequest.

I invite you to leave a legacy. Join the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign and make an additional contribution—which is significant for you and for the well-being of future generations—to the Endowment Fund.

For more information, please contact your regional representative or email




Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

»Read her biography.