Altrusa International, Inc. of New York, NY, was organized in
April 1927 and chartered in August 1927, as an organization of business leaders who represent a diversity of career fields
as well as retired persons and stay at-home moms. We are proud that Eleanor Roosevelt joined us in June 1927.
Dr. Lillian Gilbreth, a world-reknown engineer (Cheaper by the Dozen) was a Charter Member as well as Frances
Marquis for whom a room has been named in the National Arts Club, New York City.
Altrusa International, Inc. founded in 1917 was the first national
service organization of business and professional women and now includes women from all walks of life, including stay-at-home
moms. In 1935 Altrusa became international with extension into Mexico. Today Altrusa has spread to 10 countries
with a membership numbering about 10,000.
Altrusa International has been affiliated with the United Nations
since 1946 and is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) under ECOSOC.
Altrusans pool leadership thinking in seeking solutions for community
problems within the scope of the Altrusa service program. They are action-oriented volunteers who are motivated by a
common desire to help, to serve others and their communities. They are united in personal and professional development
To meet a worldwide need, Action for Literacy was adopted by
Altrusa International. Each club chooses a literacy project to sponsor and support locally. Altrusa New York City
has adopted several literacy projects over the years, most recently, Hour Children.
Altrusa's philosophy is clarity, flexibility and inclusiveness.