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Support the Annual Fund

Each year, Sertoma raises funds to support our scholarshipscommunity grantsSAFEEars!®A Sound Investment, and other hearing health programs. Over the past ten years, the Annual Fund has provided over 800 scholarships, more than $1,000,000 in grants, and provided information to more than 300,000 individuals on how to protect their hearing.

The Communicative Disorders Scholarship supports graduate students pursuing degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology from institutions within the United States. Sertoma awards 50 $1,000 scholarships each year. Sertoma provides more funds nationally, for graduate students studying communicative disorders, than any other single organization.

The Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship supports undergraduate students, attending a four-year college or university, who have clinically significant bilateral hearing loss. Sertoma awards 50 $1,000 scholarships each year.

In addition, Sertoma awards approximately $100,000 in Community Grants to organizations that belong to the national Adopt-An-Agency program. These organizations, also known as affiliates, are nonprofit hearing health organizations that have established a relationship with a Sertoma club or have an independent relationship with Sertoma. Community Grants are awarded for any amount between $2,500 and $5,000, for a hearing related program, project, or equipment.

Proceeds raised this year are set aside to be given away next fiscal year. Every donation, large and small, makes a difference. Why contribute to the annual fund? To support those in need! Our passion compels us to raise awareness of our cause, educate those willing to listen, and support those whose lives can be impacted through your contribution to the Annual Fund.

Find the giving option that works best for you.

  • One-Time Gifts: Your gift today, whatever the amount, significantly impacts the lives of those at risk for or impacted by hearing loss.
  • Monthly Giving: Make a pledge and spread your gift out over the course of the year.
  • Tribute Gifts: Make a gift in honor of a living person or in memory of someone who is deceased. What better way to commemorate someone who has significantly impacted your life.
  • Matching Gifts: Double your gift with your employer’s help. Many companies will match charitable donations, doubling or even tripling your gift to Sertoma.

How were the 2019-2020 funds used?

Communicative Disorders Scholarships – $1,000 each

70 Applications , 40 Awarded

Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarships – $1,000 each

106 Applications, 40 Awarded

Community Grants – $2,500 to $5,000 each

28 Applications, 17 Awarded

$77,245 Awarded