A donor’s thoughts: Commitment reflects values

Sally S. Bean has been a Zontian for 29 years, serving in several roles including governor, international committee chairman and board director. Sally joined Zonta to be involved in her local community.  She continues her membership, not only to participate locally but to also make an impact globally. Sally feels strongly that Zonta’s work is important and makes a difference. 

As Sally’s participation in Zonta grew, she decided to also make financial commitments to the Foundation. She contributes annually to see the impact of her gifts and joined the Mary E. Jenkins 1919 Society to leave a legacy gift.

Sally also supports the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign. With her gift to the Endowment Fund, Sally is helping to ensure Zonta’s future.

“This was my single largest commitment in my life, and it reflects my values,” she said. “I have invested my time, talent and treasure in Zonta, and I want Zonta to outlive me!”

Though Sally will never meet each woman and girl supported by Zonta’s projects and programs, the project updates, photos and videos remind her of the impact her personal gifts making a difference in their lives.

Sally urges other Zontians to join her in supporting the Endowment Fund: “Each of us has an opportunity to ensure Zonta’s existence into future generations. The work we do to empower women and girls will be needed for many generations to come.”

Your support of the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign makes a difference

Dear Donor,

On behalf of the Endowment Committee, thank you for your support of the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign. Your commitment makes a difference for the future of women, girls and our beloved Zonta International. We are forever grateful for your generosity!

Globally, we celebrated our Centennial Anniversary on 8 November with enthusiasm and joy. We honored Zonta’s many achievements and pledged to continue these successes. Each member feels pride in all that we have accomplished. Milestone after milestone, we have shown our commitment to creating a world where women and girls are empowered with expanded access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions. 

But today, our jobs are not yet complete. Thus, our important goal to grow the endowment remains, to ensure that we continue to make tremendous impact. These endowed dollars will continue to work long into the future, enabling empowered women and girls to build successes and pave roads that would have otherwise been left unpaved like so many of our predecessors had the opportunity to do.

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A donor’s thoughts: Investing in the future

Toshie Yamazaki“I am honored to be able to participate in such a rare and special event that is the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign. My goal is to have all of us Japanese Zontians partake in giving, whether it be a small or large amount. I am so thankful that so far, everyone that I have spoken to in person has joined and shared. In order to provide a happy life for women and children around the world, it is important that we ‘plant’ the assets, then invest and manage this money tree now, so that the future Zontians have an ‘asset tree’ to harvest or to fall back on during hard times. My fellow Zontians and future Zontians, may I kindly ask you all to help water and enrich the soil of the tree of legacy!”

—Toshie Yamazaki, Zonta Club of Tokyo II, Japan

Click here to listen to Toshie’s testimonial in her native language.

A CAEC donor’s thoughts: Stretching support out into the far distant future

Catherine McEwan“It has become apparent in the modern world that changing women’s lives cannot be achieved in an insular way by only supporting local club projects. It is 100 years since my countrywomen gained the vote and we are still striving for equality. To be truly effective, we need to spread our efforts internationally which is why I also support the Zonta International Foundation service projects. I’m very excited that by additionally contributing to the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign, I am now stretching my support into the far distant future. It makes me feel empowered that even after I am no longer here I will still be active in working towards women’s empowerment through the donations I made to the Endowment Fund.”

—Catherine McEwan, Zonta Club of London II, United Kingdom

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. Continue reading

How the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign is securing Zonta’s mission for the future

The Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign (CAEC) is one of the most significant steps we may ever take in Zonta. Giving NOW for the future will ensure we can do more to improve the lives of millions of women and girls, their families and their communities for the well-being of future generations.

Our gift is one of empowering humanity – in ways we can only imagine.

The Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign is an intensive fundraising effort focusing on Zonta’s 100th birthday. Through this campaign, we want to fulfill the vision of our founders. The campaign is committed to growing Zonta’s endowment fund by US$10 million by 2020. This campaign is totally separate from our biennial funding for the international service projects and educational programs approved at Convention.

More than 78 Zontians and non-Zontians have given and pledged more than US$1.3 million during the early, so-called “quiet phase.” This year, we will announce the CAEC as part of the centennial celebration at every district conference. Continue reading