Kiwanis International Children’s Fund

A gift to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund helps children in many places, in many ways. For the Kiwanis family, the Children’s Fund is a way of reaching children through grants, scholarship programs and Kiwanis youth programs.

Mission Statement:

To develop resources that transform the goodwill and vision of Kiwanians into programs that serve the children of the world.


Partnering with proven groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs and UNICEF multiplies our effort to impact the lives of children around the world.

Programs and Impact


Few things are as empowering as a good education. The Kiwanis Club has provided scholarships to deserving students since 1924. Service-minded students can earn scholarships through Key Club and CKI, Kiwanis’s high school and college-aged clubs.

Defeating Iodine Deficiency Disorders:

In 1994, Kiwanis International teamed up with UNICEF to eliminate IDD (Iodine Deficiency Disorder) – the leading cause of preventable mental and developmental disabilities in the world.

This ambitious project was recognized as one of the most successful health initiatives ever. Kiwanis International has contributed over $105 million, with the Raleigh Kiwanis Club donating over $100,000.

Through the Iodine Global Network, our funds continue to sustain this initiative in over 89 nations. Thanks to Kiwanis and our partners, this year more than 80 million children in the developing world will be born free of disabilities related to iodine deficiency.

Preventing Disease:

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) is a preventable disease that kills thousands of mothers and newborn babies throughout the developing world. Kiwanis International and UNICEF decided to take on the disease through ‘The Eliminate Project’. By raising over $110 million to provide vaccinations, Kiwanis has already protected millions of people from this painful and deadly disease.

Disaster Relief:

When natural disasters strike, local Kiwanis clubs are ready to hit the ground running with first-hand knowledge of conditions and quick access to resources through the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.