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Established in 2006, the Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, Inc. Foundation is the 501(c)(3) arm of Altrusa International of Chula Vista, Inc.

Our local foundation holds an annual fundraiser to provide scholarships and grants and support service projects of Altrusa International of Chula Vista that focus on education, youth, and families. This year, we raised over $43,600 at our Denim & Diamonds luncheon fundraiser. Thank you to all of those who made a gift so we may continue to support those who need it most. Gifts and donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

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We donated 80 Luci Lights to the indigenous people in the Tarahumara mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico. These lights help the children study at all hours of the day, enable them to check their crops at dawn and dusk, and light up their fencing to protect their livestock.


Congratulations to the McAlister Institute! We awarded $10,000 in support of their Work for Hope program.

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Thank you to the San Diego Employees' Charitable Organization (CECO) for our $981 grant to purchase over 250 books for students in a second/third grade classroom at Harborside Elementary School. The teacher, Jessica Bruder, is shown in the photo. In December, our members donated over 100 books and 23 bags of games and school supplies. The students will receive their new books in the spring and summer. This project was led by Betty Waznis.



The Altrusa International Foundation was established in 1962 as the charitable arm of Altrusa International. It funds the development and implementation of effective community services and leadership programs around the world. 


In total, over $3 million have been given in community service grants and educational scholarships through our international outreach, committed to improving economic

well-being and quality of life.


In the past five years, we have:

  • Distributed over $350,000 to volunteers at Altrusa Clubs in support of their local community service projects

  • Granted $53,000 in support to children and their families affected by diseases and disabilities 

  • Partnered with healthcare organizations and provided over $28,000 in grants to Ghana and Mali in West Africa

  • Distributed $34,000 to communities left devastated in the wake of natural disasters around the world 

  • Granted $47,000 in educational scholarships and awards to high school students and their sponsoring Altrusa Clubs

Children Embracing in Circle

Established in 1997, the Club 21 Program is committed to supporting programs for children affected by disease and disabilities; as well as international healthcare curriculum. As members of Club 21, we are given an opportunity to extend a hand to these children and families.

Disaster Relief Fund

The Disaster Relief Fund offers the Altrusa International Foundation an opportunity to respond with swift and direct aid to residents impacted by natural disasters worldwide, such as Hurricanes Irma and Dorian in Florida, floods in the Midwest, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the fires in California, and Hurricanes Maria and Dorian in Puerto Rico. In 2019, they started a Luci Light initiative: Reaching Out to Light the Way, to provide solar-powered lanterns to those in need. The International Foundation distributed $41,847 to Disaster Relief efforts last biennium (2017-2019).

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The Altrusa International Foundation,

Inc.’s newsletter, supporting Altrusans

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