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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."
Capital District Kiwanis
Capital District Kiwanis is an extended family with more than 23,000 members spread over Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. We are part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child, one community at a time.
Kiwanis International Foundation
The Kiwanis International Foundation (KIF), the fundraising arm of Kiwanis, was established as a legal entity in 1939. When Kiwanis International celebrated its 25th anniversary one year later, Kiwanian Walter Zeller donated 25 silver dollars in hopes that these would be auctioned to provide a "nest egg" for the Foundation. Thankfully, the nest egg netted US$625 and the Foundation's worldwide service began. From those humble beginnings, KIF has grown to a multimillion dollar Foundation, providing grants to thousands of organizations worldwide aimed at making better the lives of children.
Circle K International
Circle K is a service club for collegians and has nearly 13,500 members on more than 500 university and college campuses in 17 nations. Circle K was started by the Pullman, Washington Kiwanis Club, and was formally organized as a service organization in 1947. Its members are committed to leadership, service, and fellowship. The Kiwanis Club of Washington, DC works with Circle K at The George Washington University.
Key Club International
The oldest Kiwanis sponsored-youth program is Key Club. Seventeen boys in Sacramento, California, made up the first Key Club in 1925, and today the organization is active in 20 nations and includes 4,711 clubs and 234,528 members. More than 2 million youth have enlisted in Key Club since its inception, including many who are now top government and business leaders.
When middle school and junior high students began to show an interest in organizing to serve their schools and communities, the Builders Club program was launched in 1975. With support from Kiwanis clubs, Key Clubs, and Circle K clubs, the Builders Club network has grown to include more than 1,500 clubs and 44,000 members in 13 nations.
This organization for elementary school-age students began in 1990 when the first club was formed in North Lauderdale, Florida, and formally adopted as a sponsored program by Kiwanis in 1998. Today 16,164 K-Kids in 500 clubs and 11 nations are actively creating opportunities for community service, leadership development, and citizenship education.
In October 2000, Kiwanis extended service opportunities to adult citizens living with developmental disabilities through the formation of Aktion Clubs. These clubs provide members with opportunities to develop initiative and leadership, to serve their communities, to be integrated into society, and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with developmental disabilities. To date, there are more than 2,000 members in 89 clubs.