The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.
In the 1990's Kiwanis Members and clubs contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation. Today, Kiwanis fights a new battle. The Eliminate Project started in 2011, and with a goal of raising $110 million, Kiwanis together with UNICEF, is working towards eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.
Objectives of Kiwanis
These six objectives were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged:
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 (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”).
To promote the adoption and the 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 make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.
About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries
More than 260,000 adult members
Approximately 320,000 youth
To serve children of the world.
Each year, clubs:
Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects.
Raise more than $107 million.
Members and clubs have contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.