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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, Community Service Clubs, Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: To support the efforts of lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants.

Programs: Humanitarian grants and programs - as members of their community, lions are uniquely positioned to identify local initiatives that will improve the lives of the people around them who are underserved and vulnerable. Each year lions club members design and implement projects that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, the elderly, the chronically ill, at-risk youth, and economically disadvantaged members of their communities. Lcif humanitarian grants are combined with locally raised funds, typically supporting capital constructions or equipment needs. Humanitarian grants are also awarded to expand a social-emotional learning program, lions quest, which focuses on delivering life-skills training in educational settings for grades k- high school. More than 13 million students and 600,000 educators in 95 countries have been positively impacted through lions quest. In addition, lcif develops global initiatives and partnerships based on common local needs, for example through the opening eyes program with special olympics lions have screened the vision of more than 355,000 athletes in 92 different countries. Also, through involvement within the measles initiative and gavi alliance since 2010, lions helped support the vaccination of millions of children in several countries.

sightfirst - according to international experts, 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided. Sightfirst is the foundation's program which aims to sustainably and systematically combat preventable blindness around the world. Through sightfirst, lcif funds projects that build comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and care for blind and visually impaired persons. The program supports high quality, sustainable projects that deliver eye care services, train personnel, develop infrastructure and/or provide rehabilitation and education in underserved communities. In summary, sightfirst has invested us$318 million in 1,221 projects in 102 countries, resulting in: * over 7. 8 million cataract surgeries * 298 million treatments for river blindness * built or expanded over 700 eye hospitals/clinics/wards * management training for 276 facilities * training of over 700,000 ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses and community health workers

disaster relief - lcif implements a grassroots model of disaster relief through emergency and major catastrophe grants. These grants are immediately available to local lions in areas affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods, and can be used first for emergent needs and later for long-term reconstruction. Immediately after a disaster, lions quickly assess the most urgent needs and use emergency grant funds to deliver basics such as water, food, clothing and medicine. After immediate needs are met, major catastrophe funds are used to rebuild the lives of those affected by providing key infrastructure such as housing, schools, and other important community buildings. To date, nearly 4,100 emergency grants have been awarded worldwide.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is without a doubt the best Non Profit Foundation you can invest in - 100% of funds donated go back to the public-in-need, worldwide. Only the interest earned on funds invested are used to manage the Foundation,
Several millions of dollars are provided for: sight care & the elimination of blindness (worldwide) , cataract surgeries and other eye care surgeries in ehr USA & worldwide.
I am a volunteer for LCIF and have direct knowledge on the health care, disaster relief and LIONS care throughout the USA & the world.

Rebecca131

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of the New Hampshire Lions . We just applied for and received a grant for matching funds from LCIF. We raised 50% and they gave us a grant for 50% to purchase Vision screeener's for use in the State. We now hope to achieve our goal of screening all children from age 6 months to age 16. The individual clubs would not have been able to accomplish this with out the help of the LCIF matching grant.
We will continue to support this program of Lions Clubs International as it is there for everyone when it is needed.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of LC Fredrikstad Old Town, District 104 J in Norway. The gorgeous with LIONS is that we are not a political or religious organization. The mission statement is : To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. To cooperate with other LIONS clubs locally contributes to greater community, understanding and visibility of our work locally, nationally and internationally.

"It's my choice "is a lesson on classroom development and prevention in primary and secondary schools supported by Lions clubs in Norway. But this is also the name of the foundation that administers the educational program. Program is now available for kindergartens, primary schools and for teachers and students in secondary schools. It is better to build children than to repair adults.

Review from CharityNavigator

Stephen14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lions Clubs International Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3, charitable foundation. It is the fund raising and grant-making arm of Lions Clubs International, a 501(c)4 Civic League/Social Welfare Organization, by IRS Definitions. There is a distinction. The LCIF is doing great work around the globe and in the Unites States. Support your local Lions Club and the Foundation, too.

Review from CharityNavigator

J Wesley D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 2X Past District Governor, of Lions District 43 Y. (Kentucky USA). Monies that we raise from the public, except for direct expenses, goes back to the community. No one receives compensation, or expenses from monies raised from the public.

I know of no one that has been denied membership, based on their race.

Lions Clubs International has made it easy to be a Lion, even for those who say "I don't have the time" anyone is welcome to join me on Facebook at J.Wesley Doughman, if they are interested in being a Lion, or if they are a Lion.

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow - a couple reviews of local Lions clubs that are perceived to perhaps have some bigots. Ours has a black minister. There is no discrimination for giving away ALL donations such as from White Cane for the blind that are brought in to a separate foundation. Dues and activities such as recycling and at fair booths pay for expenses - any meals at meetings are paid for by members - then we are able to also contribute additional monies to those who need donations in the community from the many man and woman-hours we put in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To echo another reviewer, NONE of the charity money that you donate goes to administrative expenses. Members pay yearly membership dues and that is where all of the administrative expenses come from. Internationally and locally, Lions serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I question the rating given by Charity Navigator because 100% of all monies collected by Lions Clubs go back to the community. NO fund raising contributions are diverted to admistrative costs. The organization is very strict on this policy and will expel a local club if that club cannot show in their accounting the separation of activity (fund raising) and administrative dollars. Lions Club International Foundation has been rated the #1 Non-Governmental Organization in the World.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lions Clubs International is a great organization. They are the worlds largest service organization and are involved in humanitarian efforts around the world! An awesome way to help at the local and international level.