Altrusa is an international non-profit organisation making our local communities better through leadership, partnership, and service.

Altrusa International District Eleven contains 20 clubs, in California and Arizona. Our District also includes Hawaii, Sonora Mexico, Baja California Sur and Baja California Norte, Mexico. Our members come from varying occupations and lifestyles, all sharing an interest in community service and enjoying the friendship, fun and satisfaction that comes from working together for the benefit of others.

Each club develops a variety of projects that include service, literacy and foundraising which are designed around local needs.


Supporting local veteran group and collecting money for the Ronald McDonald House


Providing books to school children, sponsoring Creative Writing Projects, donating books to children, Providing SAT and ACT preparation materials, giving large print books to seniors, distributing books to cancer patients...


Organizing Festival of Trees, afternoon teas, Dinner and a Movie, Opportunity Drawings, Special breakfasts...


Becoming an Altrusan is the best decision I have made. Leadership development opportunities in a supportive environment abound throughout the organisation.


There are four words that come to mind when I think of Altrusa: Service, Leadership, Friendship and Gratitude. Service > every individual act of service makes a difference in someone�s else life. I love that collectively our efforts can reach and help more people than we can do on our own. Leadership > through the many Altrusa leadership opportunities I have been exposed to, encouraged to pursue, I have grown in leadership in Altrusa, personally, in business, within other nonprofits and organizations. It helped that all along there was support, encouragement and many life-changing lessons learned. Friendships > I have developed some amazing friendships through and throughout this organization. It is a wonderful perk! Gratitude > to my sponsor, Liz Cason, who invited me to membership and started me down the Altrusa Path. Past Governors especially, Barbara Lindquist who encouraged me to join her team, which led to leadership on the District and International Boards. Grateful for the Altrusa Principles > the bow on top this Altrusa gift!


Why Choose Altrusa


Your time is a gift. There is regular attendance at a monthly meeting and Altrusa clubs provide an assortment of projects allowing involvement based on your schedule.


We seek variety in our membership and strive to appreciate a range of talents from various backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    Is Altrusa just for women?

  • A.

    Our organization was founded in 1917 to support women entering the workforce. It was later dedicated to leadership development and community service. Today, Altrusa International has an active membership that includes both men and women. Anyone interested in service and volunteerism may be invited to become an Altrusan.

  • Q.

    What is the age range of the members of your clubs?

  • A.

    There is no specific entry age for membership in Altrusa, nor is there a manditory retirement age. We have active Altrusans in District Elevem in their late 20s through to their 80s. We are always looking for members of any age wishing to give back to their community.

  • Q.

    Do all clubs focus on the same projects? Can I suggest a project to a club in my area?

  • A.

    Each local club determines their own service projects and fundraising efforts, based on the local needs of their community. If you know of a need in your community with which Altrusa may be able to assist, please get in touch with the closest club in your area.

  • Q.

    How would I find a club near me?

  • A.

    District Eleven has 20 individual Clubs. If you're interested in bringing your talents to Altrusa and there is not a current club serving your community, please get in touch.