Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World

Who are we?

Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick.  They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more.  No problem is too big or too small. Why?  Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.  When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!

Our Motto
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Our Name
The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.

Our Mission
To serve children of the world.

Our Membership 
        About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries 
        More than 260,000 adult members 
        Approximately 320,000 youth 
        Kiwanis family members contribute 18 million service hours each year

Our Service
Each year, clubs:
        Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects. 
        Raise more than $107 million.

Our Global Results 
Members and clubs have contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.

Kiwanis International is now turning its attention to the elimination of MNT or maternal/neonatal tetnus.  The Eliminate Project is focused on raising $110 million dollars to eliminate a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes.  And we will do it by helping some of the poorest and most underserved women and children in the world.