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 and 13,000 clubs make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Kiwanians are dedicated to “Changing the World, One Child and One Community at a Time.” Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is “Serving the Children of the World.”
Founded on January 21, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and with headquarters now in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis extended into Canada in 1916. Not until 1962 did it serve outside these two nations.
Kiwanis International is a non-profit corporation and is the world wide association to which each Kiwanis club belongs. Kiwanis International groups clubs into geographic units for administrative purposes. The most basic of these are the districts and divisions.
Kiwanis International is an organization which is governed by representatives of its clubs. Each year, Kiwanis holds an International Convention to provide all Kiwanians with the opportunity to meet fellow Kiwanians and to exchange ideas. Each district also holds an annual convention for educating leaders, developing fellowship and providing inspiration.
“Kiwanis” magazine, published six times a year for all members, is the official publication of Kiwanis International. Each district also develops and distributes its own bulletin for its members.
Overall supervision is exercised by the International Kiwanis Board of Trustees which meets four times each year. The day to day administrative detailed control is handled by the CEO/Executive Director who is appointed by the Trustees. The General Office of Kiwanis International is housed in the Kiwanis International Building, and can be reached at:
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196
Phone: 1-800-KIWANIS (1-800-549-2647)
In some of the Kiwanis countries, clubs sponsor Key Clubs in high schools, Circle K clubs in colleges, and other youth clubs. These groups have international administrative structures of their own under Kiwanis International.
The Kiwanis International Foundation accepts donations to financially assist Kiwanis International in serving the children of the world.
For more information about Kiwanis International, please visit the official website.