About Kiwanis

A Brief History of Kiwanis Children's Fund

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

--Kiwanis defining statement, adopted October 2004.

Founded in 1915 in Detroit and with headquarters now in Indianapolis, Kiwanis Children's Fund, originally 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 Children's Fund truly is "Serving the Children of the World."


The Objects of Kiwanis Children's Fund

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis Children's Fund 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;
  • 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 higher idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.


To learn more about Kiwanis in the US and internationally, visit the main Kiwanis Children's Fund website.  To learn more about Kiwanis Clubs in Division 17, Capital District, visit the Capital District website.