Our history

It began with 25 silver dollars. That’s the donation that Walter Zeller made in 1940—the first in our history, one year after our foundation had been established.

But there was a larger idea behind Zeller’s gift: Inspire fellow Kiwanians to build on that donation. And they did—with an auction that eventually turned that first contribution into US$625.

Our foundation’s members have been inspiring each other ever since.

Today, we are known as the Kiwanis Children's Fund because we turn your generosity into projects that reach children all over the world. Kiwanis members, clubs and districts have entrusted us with multiple millions of dollars worth of assets. These assets provide stability to our work and support us in providing financial assistance that helps Kiwanians serve children, from the U.S. to India to Poland, and many places in between. Maybe even in your hometown.