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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services

Mission: Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The kiwanis clubof lafayette (established 1944) established the kiwanis club of lafayette foundation to help raise funds to further this mission.

Programs: The healthy living club is the name of the 3-year program that the kiwanis club of lafayette foundation has embarked on as a recipientof a $1m challenge for a healthier louisiana grant funded by the blue cross and blue shield of louisiana foundation. Bcbs grant income - $477,682salaries expense - $71,167fringe benefits - $18,819equipment - $254,670materials & supplies - $12,839travel - $1,298communications - $26,790direct costs - $10,979indirect costs - $7,777

some of the programs that the kiwanis club of lafayette foundation sponsors are: operations magi, spelling bee, and bringing up grades, and wheels of wonder. Bringing up grades awards elementary school students' achievements. Spelling bee program sends a student spelling bee champion to washington dc to represent acadiana in a national spelling bee competition. Bringing up grades - bug (spark) - $1,240spelling bee (spark) - $995

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Love the fact that this is an all volunteer non profit. 100% of all monies raised or donated goes directly to the local community projects benefitting local children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The BEST service club in the city for children, the club has done playgrounds, parks and football fields so that all children, regular and handicapped, can use and enjoy the facilities. Thier commuinity involvement is one of the main goals of the club and they fulfill that to the max. I is a pleasure and honro to serve and participatee in the clubs actavities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Kiwanis Club of Lafayette Foundation is truly making an impact in the community. From parks and recreation, to education, and to empowering and enriching the youth of Acadiana, The Kiwanis Club of Lafayette Foundation is truly changing the world one child and one community at a time.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette approximately 6 years. This club has truly given back to our community. We are constantly looking to support children in our community through a number of different projects that we put on during the year. The largest project that we have completed recently was Parc Independence. If you have time please look at this link to see how grand this project was for our community. http://www.lafayettekiwanis.org/parc.html I feel truly honored to serve our community through the Kiwanis Club.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member, officer and board member of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette, Louisiana for the past 6.5 years. We have truly impacted our community in positive manner in all that we do. I had the privilege of serving as the lead member on Parc Independence, the first handicapable and adaptive playground in Lafayette. This was a collaborative effort by Kiwanis Club of Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government--Parks and Recreation Department. To date, we have spent Kiwanis monies in addition to monies from Lafayette Consolidated Government to continue to expand our development of this playground. I take great pride in visiting Parc Independence on a regular basis and questioning the parents and children who utilize this playground only to hear of the appreciation that someone or some organization took the time to address this need in our community. As a parent of a special needs child I am most grateful that our organization, my organization accepted this challenge and committed to see this project through and further commits to address the needs of all children in our community with our efforts in the past and those yet to come. I highly recommend Kiwanis Club of Lafayette and support all we do to positively influence our community. Kemper Bowen

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kiwanis is a wonderful organization that fully supports children. We give 100% of all our proceeds back to the children and run our administation out of our own pockets. We truly help one child at a time. I am proud to be a member of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Kiwanis Club of Lafayette is long standing and true cornerstone civic organization in Acadiana. By hosting the annual High School Football Jamboree: funds are allocated to provide educational incentive programs at local elementary schools, the club hosts the local spelling bee for the parish and sends off the local spelling bee champion to compete in the national spelling bee, underprivilaged youth are given the chance to shop for Christmas, bikes are given to underprivilaged youth for Christmas, the building of parks for children with disabilities as well as building of parks to prevent childhood obesity have been built and are under progress for the area.