Community Work

Special projects are an identifying feature of our local Soroptimist International of Novato club. Besides our many monetary gifts and awards, these special projects help our community and are often unique to our club.


On August 7, 2019, Soroptimist International of Novato helped the Sparkle crew fill 700 backpacks with back-to-school supplies for kids in Marin who need help and a sparkle in their lives.  Soroptimist also donated $1,000 to help Sparkle do their much needed work.

Sparkle’s focus is simple – live a life with purpose – women helping women, children helping children, people helping people.


The Sparkle Foundation ( helps women because women rarely ask for help.  They also help children because they are often victims of other’s circumstances.  They help people because many of us will never know what it is like to not have food in our fridge or not wake up to a house full of toys at Christmas or even have basic items like a fresh pair of pants or a clean toothbrush.  Together we really can make a difference, and teach our children to do the same.


The Sparkle Foundation is different because 100% of donations go directly to women and children in whatever way best meets their specific needs, with dignity and purpose.

e-luminate Community TV

SOUNDING BOARD has been rebranded as e-luminate. 

Our community television program is produced by Soroptimist International of Novato members. 

We provide a community service that showcases and promotes local and global organizations and people that make a difference through television and video productions and services.

Visit e-luminate's new web site for information on new and old programs. Contact Fredda Kaplan, program manager, for more information.

Candidate Forum

Our Soroptimist club was proud to co-sponsor the local Candidate Forum with the League of Women Voters of Marin County. The event was very well attended, and Novato voters were able to learn about the candidates running for City Council in Districts 1, 3, and 5.

Soroptimist member Robin Diederich provided a good portion of the organization efforts and opened the program.



At the intersection of Redwood Boulevard and Grant Avenue is a median strip with a city-operated fountain. The median is one that Soroptimist International of Novato has claimed for maintenance.  


The Median Sign is a project that involves our member cooperation once or twice a year.  The strip provides nice visibility next to the City fountain on Redwood Highway.

The Soroptimist Median Sign on Redwood Blvd, Novato.

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Soroptimist International of Novato

Post Office Box 1267

Novato, CA  94948

TAX ID NUMBER 23-7290674