Recognizing people’s generosity is an important part of the Kiwanis International Foundation’s work. When someone offers remarkable commitment or generosity to serve or assist others, our foundation provides exclusive forms of recognition.
For instance, the World Service Medal is awarded annually to an individual or organization that significantly enhances the quality of life for a noteworthy number of people. When you give to the World Service Medal endowment, you help underwrite the award’s US$10,000 honorarium. And you help celebrate and encourage life-changing acts—such as the music-education work of 2013 honoree Sarah McLachlan; Giuseppe Maggi, who gave up private medical practice to serve people in West Africa; and many other past recipients with remarkable stories.
Our foundation also awards the Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism to an individual who has risked or given his or her life to save someone else. The medal has honored more than 600 individuals, each of whom has exemplified the supreme sacrifice given by Connelly—who lost his life while trying to save a woman who had fallen in the path of an oncoming commuter train. Potential recipients are nominated by Kiwanis clubs within five years of their heroic acts. Check out the nomination form and award criteria for details.