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, the Kiwanis International Foundation is a multi-million dollar organization that turns people’s generosity into financial assistance that helps Kiwanians reach children all over the globe. From the U.S. to India to Poland, and many places in between. Maybe even in your hometown.