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• Kiwanis International and its family of clubs devote more than 18 million volunteer hours and invest more than US$107 million annually in their communities around the world.

• In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs sponsor more than 150,000 service projects worldwide.

• The effect of Kiwanis service and leadership is far-reaching and impacts communities around the globe.


• Kiwanis strives to define excellence for service and leadership in communities around the world.

• Kiwanis International and its Service Leadership Programs boast nearly 600,000 members—men, women and youth—in more than 16,000 clubs in over 80 countries and geographic areas.

• During Kiwanis’ first global campaign for children, members worked with UNICEF to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders, the world’s leading preventable cause of mental retardation, while raising more than US$100 million. Heralded as one of the most successful health initiatives in the world, today those dollars are at work in more than 103 nations—and the number of households consuming iodized salt has jumped from an estimated 20 percent in 1990 to more than 70 percent, saving developing nations and the world billions of IQ points.

• Now, Kiwanis and UNICEF are partnering again on The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus. Kiwanis and UNICEF are reaching out to the world’s poorest, most underserved women and children to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus by 2015.

THE ELIMINATE PROJECT The Kiwanis global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, aims to save the lives of 129 million mothers and newborns. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is eliminating a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes. Kiwanis and UNICEF are targeting the poorest, most underserved women and children on Earth, and paving the way for other interventions that will boost maternal health and child survival. Hand-in-hand, Kiwanis and UNICEF are changing the world.

THE ELIMINATE PROJECT Maternal/neonatal tetanus is easily prevented by a series of three vaccinations to women of childbearing age, costing roughly US$1.80. The Eliminate Project will raise US$110 million over the next five years to fill the funding gap required to provide an estimated 387 million doses of the vaccine. The Eliminate Project will officially kick off at the 96th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva. More information can be found by visiting www.TheEliminateProject.org. The site is available in 8 languages.


• The Kiwanis International Foundation was established in 1939.

• Since its inception, the Kiwanis International Foundation has grown into a multimillion-dollar foundation providing grants to thousands of Kiwanis clubs and other nonprofit entities such as UNICEF and SCAW.

• The Kiwanis International Foundation’s work is best exemplified in communities and regions worldwide through Kiwanis clubs, divisions and districts. By supporting this service work, Kiwanis plays a significant role in addressing local and global needs.

• Through Kiwanis International’s global campaign for children, the foundation is changing the world for the better.


Renewed emphasis has been placed on the importance of a relevant club experience. Diverse club experiences enrich the entire organization and have opened the door to individuals who otherwise would not have considered joining. Kiwanis International has approved new club initiatives to broaden the appeal of Kiwanis membership to today’s changing society. All the good that Kiwanis does around the world happens at the club level.


• Kiwanis focuses on the needs of ordinary people and children to create extraordinary, life-changing moments.

• The needs of the world are many, and, together, members of the more than 7,700 Kiwanis clubs around the world can accomplish great things for children and communities.

• Every day, Kiwanis leaders make their mark by revitalizing neighborhoods, engaging youth in reading programs, erecting playgrounds and performing countless other projects to help children and communities.


• Kiwanis develops and inspires everyday leaders to ensure a legacy of impactive service.

• Kiwanis works to develop future generations of leaders through programs that build character and develop personal leadership skills.

• Kiwanis’ impact on the world will be measured by the 10 million young leaders it nurtures rather than by the number of members it attracts.


Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs provide leadership-development opportunities for people at every stage of life:

• K-Kids, Bring Up Grades (BUG)* and Terrific Kids* for elementary-age students (age 5–10).

• Builders Club for middle school students (age 11–13).

• Key Club for high school students (age 14–18).

• Key Leader, a weekend leadership experience, for students age 14–18.

• Circle K International for university students (age 18 and older).

• Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities.

Through Kiwanis and its Service Leadership Programs, budding leaders can form enduring friendships, offer service and build stronger communities.

*Offered only in the United States and Canada.

All age ranges are approximate.

• K-Kids clubs provide elementary school students (age 5–10) with their first opportunity to learn about organizing projects that help others.

• With more than 1,200 clubs in 8 nations, this program provides opportunities for students to work together in service to school and community, cultivates basic leadership potential and develops strong moral character.

• K-Kids is the service component of the Kiwanis Kids offerings.

Age range is approximate.

• Bring Up Grades—or BUG—is a program designed to recognize elementary school students (age 5–10) who raise their grades or maintain good grades from one grading period to the next.

• Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG honor roll; a pizza, ice cream or other food-themed party; and presentation of certificates, pins and other giveaways.

• Bring Up Grades is the academic-achievement component of the Kiwanis Kids offerings.

Age range is approximate.

• Terrific Kids is a recognition program designed for elementary school students (age 5–10).

• The program promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance as students work toward achieving a prescribed, self-determined goal during a specific time period.

• The program provides flexibility by allowing the principal or teacher to determine the best schedule and methods for recognition.

• TERRIFIC is an acronym for: Thoughtful Enthusiastic Respectful Responsible Inclusive Friendly Inquisitive Capable.

• Terrific Kids is the character-education component of the Kiwanis Kids offerings.

Age range is approximate.

• Builders Club allows middle school students (age 11–13) to contribute service to their school and community on more than 1,400 campuses in 12 nations.

• Leadership development and guidance at this critical stage of personal development makes Builders Club an effective contributor to any service-learning curriculum.

• Though Builders Clubs are encouraged to serve their schools and communities in several ways, the organization’s service focus in the fall is UNICEF and, in the spring, the March of Dimes.

Age range is approximate.

• Key Club International is the largest service leadership organization for high school students (age 14–18) in the world.

• Key Club empowers its more than 250,000 youth members to lead and serve in almost 5,000 clubs in 30 nations.

• The first Key Club was chartered in 1925 at Sacramento High School, Sacramento, California.

• Providing more than 12 million service hours annually, Key Club proves to be an ever-popular high school organization for teenagers seeking to cultivate leadership skills, develop friendships and perform service in their communities.

• Key Club members demonstrate a passion for helping others and develop excellent leadership skills they carry with them for a lifetime.

Age range is approximate.

• Circle K International, the world’s premier service organization for university students (age 18 and older), boasts clubs on more than 510 campuses in 18 nations.

• Programming is based upon the tenets of service, leadership and fellowship, with service being the most important.

• The organization’s service partnerships include: UNICEF, March of Dimes, Better World Books and Students Team Up To Fight Hunger.

• CKI traces its roots back to 1936 at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

Age range is approximate.

• Aktion Club is the only community-service club for adults living with disabilities.

• It provides its members an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills in serving their communities, while enabling their integration into society.

• Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help and caring they have received, while developing important skills in the process.

• There are more than 450 Aktion Clubs in seven nations with more than 9,000 members.

• Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today’s youth, age 14–18. It focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership development experience.

• By participating in a hands-on weekend event, Key Leaders learn that leadership comes from helping others succeed.

• The program is designed to identify and empower emerging student leaders and move them beyond where most other leadership programs end.

• There have been over 12,000 Key Leader graduates since the program began in 2005 throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Cayman Islands and El Salvador.

Age range is approximate.

• Kiwanis One Day occurs annually during the first weekend of April. It is an opportunity to unite Kiwanis family members from around the globe and their communities in a dedicated day of hands-on community service projects.

• Nearly 600,000 Kiwanis family members are expected to participate in service projects in their communities on Kiwanis One Day. By committing a few hours each on this dedicated day of service, Kiwanians will be contributing more than 1 million global service hours in just one day!

• If nearly 600,000 volunteers donate their time to communities on Kiwanis One Day, the value of their volunteer hours will represent over US$17 million.

• Kiwanis encourages a love of reading and demonstrates its significance to children through Read Around the World, a service program that actively engages youth and encourages them to embark on a lifelong journey of reading.

• Clubs are encouraged to commit to ongoing projects that will make a significant, meaningful impact on young people. By focusing on improving literacy rates among children through Read Around the World, Kiwanis’ aim is to help children reach greater levels of scholastic achievement and academic understanding.