Why is the Optimist International Foundation - OIF so important?
The Optimist foundation "Mission Statement" is seeking, receiving and managing funds and real personal property for the benefit of Optimist International and its Member Clubs in its charitable, literary and educational activities. The "Vision Statement" states we envision a Foundation that can provide significant funding for Optimist International’s youth and service programs and is proudly supported by individual Optimists, their clubs, and the community at large.
Since 1971, the Optimist International Foundation has been helping Optimists across North America and the Caribbean develop and support their international programs for junior golf, childhood cancer research, internet safety, bicycle safety, respect for law, youth leadership and service and communication skills. Every year, Optimists conduct more than 65,000 service projects for the benefit of more than six million children. Since 1926, Optimist International has been offering scholarships for oratory. In 1963 essay scholarships were added. And in 1991, the Communication for Deaf and Hard of Hearing - CCDHH scholarship began. We do this for the kids!
Encourage your club to do a fundraising activity for an unrestricted gift to the foundation, or budget an unrestricted gift to the foundation of at least $365.00. Club Foundation Representatives (CFR’s) are asked to encourage their club members to make an individual gift of at least $36.50 (Dime-A-Day) in unrestricted gifts. For more information on the dime-a-day program, click here.
If a club does not have 501c3 status capability, donations given to clubs can use the 501c3 'taxable' status of the OI Foundation by using the 'Club Pass Through Grant Program'. For more information on the pass through program, click here.
For more information on OIF programs, click here.
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