About the Altrusa International Foundation, Inc.

The Altrusa International Foundation is a not-for-profit, philanthropic corporation established in 1962 by Altrusa International, Inc., a worldwide volunteer service organization devoted to contributing to human well-being through the development and implementation of effective local community service programs. The Altrusa International Foundation is dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy.

Since its beginning, the Foundation has provided bold leadership with over 10,000 women earning graduate degrees and beginning successful professional and business careers through its two (2) original programs of assistance, the Grants-in-Aid Program and the Founders Fund Vocational Aid Program.

In 1977, Altrusa became the first volunteer service group to adopt literacy as the focus of its community activities. In response, the Altrusa International Foundation incorporated "Action for Literacy" into its philanthropic focus and established the ABC Literacy Grants program. The Foundation has supported the efforts of countless local literacy councils and programs through its literacy awards.

Today, the Foundation faces new challenges. Responding to the rapidly changing needs of communities, the Foundation has adjusted its focus, enabling it to support new areas of service while maintaining its traditional commitments to vocational services and literacy programs.

The 2013 Community Leadership Award Winner! The Community Leadership Award went to Trevor Hurley, or Trev’s Barbeque as the community came to know him. When earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand displaced people from their destroyed homes, Trevor and his wife, Jane, rallied a team of volunteers to provide food and water to the victims. The project gained momentum and grew to further provide groceries, clothing, blankets – and even emotional support. For nine months local businesses and community donations fueled the efforts. Trev’s Barbeque already won the New Zealand TrustPower National Community Award, but Altrusa International of Ashburton in District Fifteen recognized the enormous contribution of this project and nominated it for the Altrusa International Foundation Community Leadership Award. As Trev’s Barbeque has since disbanded, Trevor and Jane Hurley will support a charity with the $2,000 award – which stretches to $2,500 New Zealand dollars. “That’s a lot of sausages,” said Trevor. “Jane and I forgot how many sausages we cooked - it seems so long ago now. We accept the honor on behalf of the Ashburton community.”
2012 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Altrusa International Foundation, Inc.! This image above shows the original Articles of Incorporation being signed in 1962.


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