Altrusa International, Inc
Altrusa International, Inc (Altrusa) is an international non-profit organization focused on community service. It was founded in 1917  by Dr. Alfred Durham as a chain of national clubs for business and professional women.
In 1934 the organization became international when it started clubs in Mexico. In 1937 its first convention outside the United States took place in Cuernavaca, Mexico. By 1950, Altrusa had 266 clubs with 28,600 women executives and professional leaders as members.
In 1957, the organization had clubs in eight countries. Its program for service for 1957-1959, based on a survey of clubs, focused on traffic safety, expanded services for older people, and the need for youth guidance to reduce delinquency.
In 1963, Altrusa had over 500 clubs in ten countries. The 1963-1965 program called for expanded vocational services to youth and older workers, more international relations programs and projects, and increased efforts to conserve human resources at all ages.
As of January 2008, Altrusa had around 10,000 members in 383 clubs from 13 countries, including Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. It is an official observer to the United Nations, and an NGO with consultative status on the Roster of ECOSOC.
- "Celebrate Anniversary of Altrusa". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 4, 1942.
- Altrusa International, Inc
- http://www.altrusa.com/AboutAltrusa/History.aspx accessed 03-25-2009
- "Altrusa Celebrates 50th Anniversary". Ellensburg Daily Record. January 14, 1967.
- "Altrusa Dinner". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 8, 1950.
- "'Serve to Survive' Theme of Altrusa Convention Scheduled for July 21". St. Petersburg Times. July 14, 1957.
- "Dr. Loretta Miller will attend Altrusa National Convention in Philadelphia". Ellensburg Daily Record. June 19, 1963.
- membership report, January 03, 2008, found at http://www.altrusa.com/PDF/Membership_Reports/2008$01$Summary_Membership_Report.pdf
- http://www.altrusa.com/ClubsDistricts/ClubLocations.aspx accessed 03-25-2009
- United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs - NGO Section