What is a Kiwanian?
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.
Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!
As Kiwanis clubs and members, we see it everyday!
- 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.