Our Mission


Through the Kiwanis family’s shared causes, you make a difference in each phase of a young person’s development. It's a continuum of impact. That's because the work Kiwanians do in each cause helps provide a head start on success in the next. Whether they’re getting ready to learn or getting ready to lead, kids need Kiwanis. A gift to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund is one of the most effective ways to reach them — and to advance the Kiwanis causes that lead to healthy, happy lives.



Kiwanis International believes children and pregnant women should have access to the nutrients they need to develop healthy brains and live healthy lives.

From prenatal to age 5, a child’s brain grows at an astounding rate. But that development depends on access to key nutrients, including iodine. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund provides grants to clubs, districts and global partners to provide healthy food to children around the world.

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Kiwanis International believes all children should have the support they need to become proficient readers and learners.

Worldwide, 250 million children lack basic literacy skills. In the U.S., 88% of students who fail to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade. When we help someone to acquire literacy skills, we are empowering them with better opportunities in life. The Children’s Fund provides grants to support club and district literacy and education projects.

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Kiwanis International believes all youth should have the opportunity to grow into leaders and learn the value of service.

With access to leadership and volunteer opportunities, youth learn responsibility, self-discipline and respect. These are key factors in overcoming challenges such as peer pressure — and achieving academic success. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund helps young people evolve into community leaders by supporting Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs with grants and scholarships. 

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Our core values


At the Kiwanis Children's Fund, our mission is to develop resources that transform the goodwill and vision of Kiwanians into programs that serve the children of the world.

Kids need Kiwanis, and the Children's Fund helps Kiwanians reach them. In fact, your gift changes children’s lives — often in ways that would otherwise remain beyond the resources of clubs and districts.

Our vision is to extend your Kiwanis impact. We strive to make sure that your gift helps children in many places and many ways. And we succeed by holding fast to a set of core values:

  • Stewardship. We are committed to meeting and sustaining donors’ confidence that the Children's Fund will invest their contributions wisely and distribute funds consistent with the values inherent in the Kiwanis International mission.
  • Transparency. We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights to treat all constituents fairly and ethically and to be above-board in all of our dealings. (The Donor Bill of Rights is also available in Spanish and French.)
  • Responsiveness. We are relevant and proactive in meeting donors’ and grantees’ needs.
  • Legacy. We give donors the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the world.
  • Integrity. We deal honestly in our interactions with all stakeholders.
  • Trust. Through the integrity of our actions, we seek to earn and maintain the trust of our Kiwanis family and constituents.

Along with all these values comes accountability. Your gifts reflect your hope for children’s lives — and your trust in us. So we strive to earn that trust. We share records and reports that document gifts, grants and the people we serve.

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