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Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each communityâ€™s needs are differentâ€”so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.
Service footprint: Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world itâ€™s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US $100 million every year for communities, families and projects.
A family of servant leaders: Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, many clubs also sponsor a Kiwanis family clubâ€”K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; CKI clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilitiesâ€”to reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities.
Traditional and not: No two Kiwanis clubs look exactly the same. Each memberâ€™s and communityâ€™s needs are different, and each club should look different. Some clubs are very traditional, with weekly meetings and a strong sense of history. Other clubs donâ€™t meet at all, and instead hold meetings online and only come together for service projects. Newer clubs may follow the 3-2-1 concept: 3 hours of service, 2 hours of social activity and a 1-hour meeting each month. Clubs should reflect their communities and their members and should work to meet their needs. Flexibility is key to a successful club.
Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members donâ€™t just do serviceâ€”they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of a club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Kiwanis clubs also provide excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their region and the world through service projects, fundraising and by attending district and Kiwanis International conventions.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In 2015, Kiwanis celebrates its 100th anniversary, share in the excitement, get ready to participate.
In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis International-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.
Kiwanis Mission, Vision and Core Values
Â At the Kiwanis International Foundation, our mission is to assist Kiwanis International in serving the children of the world. After all, that service makes up Kiwanisâ€™ own mission. So the work of our foundation helps the Kiwanis family of programs change childrenâ€™s livesâ€”often in ways that would otherwise remain beyond the resources of clubs and districts.
In fact, our vision is to extend your Kiwanis impact. We strive to make sure your gift helps children in many places and many ways. And we succeed by holding fast to a set of core values:Â Stewardship. We are committed to meeting and sustaining donorsâ€™ confidence that our foundation will invest their contributions wisely and distribute them in keeping with the values inherent in the Kiwanis International mission.
Transparency. We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights to treat all constituents fairly and ethically and to be above board in all of our dealings.
Responsiveness. We are relevant and proactive in meeting donorsâ€™ and granteesâ€™ needs.
Legacy. We give donors the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the world.
Integrity. We deal honestly in our interactions with all stakeholders.
Trust. Through the integrity of our actions, we seek to earn and maintain the trust of our Kiwanis family and constituents.