What is Kiwanis?

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!


The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International 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 high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

Just the facts

Kiwanis International

is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs—nearly 600,000 members strong—annually raise more than $107 million and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. 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 new global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus.Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs

provide service and leadership opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities around the world.Elementary school students

Kiwanis Kids offers three programs: K-Kids, Terrific Kids and Bring Up Grades for students age 6–12. In each, children learn to plan, set goals, work with others and celebrate successes.Teens

Three meaningful, interactive programs allow students age 11–18 to discover their leadership potential. Builders Club is exclusively for students age 11–13. For students age 14–18, there’s Key Club,the largest high school service club in the world, and Key Leader a weekend leadership experience for teens.Young adults

Circle K International is the premier university and college service organization in the world, with clubs on more than 500 campuses in 18 nations.Adults living with disabilities

Aktion Club is the only community service club that provides members opportunities to become integrated in their communities while developing initiative and leadership skills.The Eliminate Project

Kiwanis International’s global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, aims to eliminate MNT from the face of the Earth. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is eliminating a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes. Kiwanis and UNICEF are targeting the poorest, most underserved women and children in the world, and paving the way for other interventions that will boost maternal health and child survival. Kiwanis is raising $110 million for the project. Learn more at 


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