Children’s Fund grants help districts serve more kids

Jennifer Morlan | Sep 21, 2021

A club collects school supplies

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has made grants worth more than US$20,000 to help Kiwanis districts meet the needs of children in the areas of health and nutrition, education and literacy and youth leadership development. A district’s grant awards equal 15% of the district’s total undesignated giving from the previous Kiwanis year — including gifts to the Children’s Fund from individuals, clubs and other entities within the district.

Here are some ways districts are using grants to improve the lives of children.


In August, Kiwanians who attended the district’s 2021 Education Convention in San Diego filled backpacks with school supplies for children of Marines who are stationed at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. The Kiwanis Club of Oceanside, California, works closely with Camp Pendleton personnel and members delivered the backpacks before school started.


The Carolinas District is using its grant to help offset expenses clubs incurred during its Adopt-a-School Project. During the 2020-21 Kiwanis year, District Governor Chris White encouraged clubs to support their communities by helping at local schools. Clubs could get involved by starting a Service Leadership Program, collecting books and clothing for students, helping teachers with copying and preparing lessons, cleaning and repairing outdoor play areas and many other initiatives.


This district used its grant to purchase Amtrykes for two young girls. Amtrykes allow children and adults of all abilities to enjoy the same advantages of riding a standard bike — such as mobility, exercise, fun and interaction with family and friends.


The Malaysia District is using its grant to support youth leadership opportunities. For example, its Youth Leadership Camp helps youth discover their potential; kickstart their journey of education, self-improvement and career development; and spark the kind of inquisitive spirit that creates world citizens. 


The Children’s Fund grant will support the district foundation’s Safe and Healthy Kids Program, which helps prevent injuries in children — the most common cause of death among kids in the United States. The program has quarterly projects based on bike, water, fire and internet safety, and it encourages Ohio Kiwanis clubs to participate in the initiatives.  


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