Established in 1971, the Optimist International Foundation (OIF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. OIF works with Optimist Clubs located in over 3,800 communities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. A majority of support received by the Optimist International Foundation is unrestricted. These donations are applied to the annual campaign, and are used to support the Oratorical Contest, Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) and Essay Contest scholarships, as well as the Junior Optimist Octagon International Program (JOOI). OIF is a major contributor to research at Johns Hopkins to help find cures for childhood cancer. In addition to the annual club donation, individual members are encouraged to give tax-deductible donations.
When: Annual donations from the Club and individuals
Who: Fred Pasternack