District 4-A1 Chairperson: PDG Kent Christensen
TO SERVE HUMANKIND:
Since 1968, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been helping Lions achieve this objective. Acting as a public, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, it provides, through the contribution of Lions, Lionesses and Leos, as well as non-Lions, millions of dollars to programs that help the needy of the world. LCIF was created to give Lions the ability to work together as world citizens in achieving their common goals.
LCIF is disaster relief for Superstorm Sandy ($240,000), tornado relief for Oklahoma and Texas ($120,000) a relief center for the blind in India, a drought relief project in Brazil, or a camp for handicapped children in the United States. LCIF is the Lions Clubs International Foundation-the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International that serves the world community.
Today, events taking place thousands of miles away affect us like never before. Our contact with people around the world, our ability to understand them and to communicate with them, increases every day. As a result, so do our
Lions are people who take responsibility seriously. That’s why Lions help not only people in their own communities, but also their fellow citizens all over the world. Although the 1.4 million members of Lions Clubs International are separated by time and distance, language and culture, they share one objective.
WHO DOES IT HELP?
LCIF receives grant applications from all parts of the world where Lions have taken the initiative in solving problems that are beyond their local financial means. The Foundation makes certain all donated monies are channeled into well- planned and well-controlled projects.
Every project LCIF supports must meet one of three basic objectives:
- Humanitarian Services
- Vocational Training
- Major Disaster Relief
Contributing Memberships are annual donations. The contributor receives a pin and the pin design changes each year. These donations support the grant programs. One may become a Melvin Jones Fellow or Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow for donations in increments of $1,000. Melvin Jones donations may be made in increments of $100 over a five-year period.