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4494 Lindell Blvd Saint Louis MO 63108 USA


Helping Optimists Help Kids


Charitable, literary, and educational programs, which include grants to exempt organizations to assist with publication costs for magazines and articles (which are distributed to the organization's constituents), seminars and training for members of other exempt organizations, grant writing program, international initiatives and matching grants.

oratorical contest scholarships: an annual speech competition with over 40,000 entrants. Scholarships are awarded at the district level in contests located in the united states.

club grant programs: grants for member clubs utilized for charitable, literary and educational programs at the direction of the foundation in conjunction with support from the member clubs.

youth club programs: scholarships to support youth club programs and activities. Total expenses for the year ended september 30, 2015, amounted to $89,699, all of which were scholarships made to individuals living inside the united states. Essay contest scholarships program: an annual competition for high school students with over 25,000 entrants. Scholarships are awarded to individuals living in the united states. Total expenses for the year ended september 30, 2015, amounted to $91,000, all of which were scholarships. Communications contest for the deaf and hard of hearing scholarships program (ccdhh): a program that awards scholarships to district winners. Scholarships are awarded to each individual winner and are payable upon receipt of the correct paperwork from an institution of higher learning. Total expenses for the year ended september 30, 2015, amounted to $38,250, all of which were scholarships made to individuals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

The Optimist International Foundation makes possible the several programs of Optimist International, a civic organization whose motto is, "Bringing out the Best in Kids." The Foundation's Executive Director is a true professional and has been able to increase donations and, most importantly, reduce the administration and fund raising costs as a percentage of donations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the self esteme generated in young people who competed in oratorical contests and communications contests for the deaf and hard of hearing. I have also observed the genuine appreciation expressed by the young people and their parents as they were presented college scholarships.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the work currently being done by our Executive Director. I would also try to find a way to get more of the current and past Optimist International leaders more actively involved in supporting the Foundation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with my fellow committee members while training and planning, associating with my fellow Optimist members in encouraging gifts to the Foundation, working with the staff, and most importantly, my involvement with oratorical and CCDHH contestants.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly professional, dedicated to the program and hard workers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the amount of the college scholarships awarded to our communications contest winners.

Ways to make it better...

the scholarships given to winners of our various communications contests could have been larger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

aging of the population that was originally attracted to this type organization and the struggle to "reinvent" ourselves to attract a new generation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

all involved in Optimist International programs- members, young people, parents - are rewarded by tremendous increase in self esteme.

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