Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world.

Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including:

  • Circle K International for university students
  • Key Club for students age 14-18
  • Builders Club for students age 11-14
  • Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12
  • Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities

Kiwanis members dedicate more than 18 million service hours each year to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. 

Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. Members also make an impact throughout the world by participating in Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.

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Objectives of Kiwanis International

To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life. 

To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships. 

To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards. 

To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship. 

To provide, through Kiwanis Clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities. 

To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will. 

What it means to be a Kiwanian

Through Kiwanis membership, individuals can give of themselves--their experience, knowledge, time and love--to those who need them the most. Kiwanians can work for a way of life in which they believe. They can form friendships on a first-name basis with fellow citizens they otherwise might never have meet.

What does Kiwanis do?

It performs service beyond the capability of the individual: assistance to the aging, the needy, and to youth; improvements of communities; encouragement of international understanding.

Our Mission: 

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Our Motto: 

"Serving the Children of the World"

The Name: 

The name "Kiwanis" stems from the Indian phrase which, roughly translated, means 'to express one's self'.