Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. —Kiwanis defining statement, adopted October 2004.
Founded in 1915 in Detroit and with headquarters now in Indianapolis, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 96 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is “Serving the Children of the World.”
Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight. Key aspects to operating an effective club include:
- Evaluating both children’s issues and community needs on an ongoing basis
- Conducting service projects to respond to those identified needs
- Maintaining an active membership roster of professional business people who have both the desire and the ability to serve their community