Changing the world, one child at a time…

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

Kiwanis Name

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!

As Kiwanis clubs and members, we see it everyday!

Guiding Principles

Kiwanis members are guided by these key principles:
> To give importance to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life.
> To encourage living by the Golden Rule.
> To promote higher social, business, and professional standards.
> To encourage and be servant leaders.
> To build Kiwanis clubs that build lasting friendships and serve and strengthen local communities.
> To promote justice, patriotism, and goodwill.


> About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries
> More than 260,000 adult members
> Approximately 320,000 youth


To serve children of the world.


> Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects.
> Raise more than $107 million.

Global Results

Members and clubs have contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.