Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In 2015, Kiwanis celebrated its 100th anniversary.
In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis International-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.
Today, there are more than 8,500 Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, with nearly 600,000 members globally, volunteering to help their communities in countless ways. Each year, Kiwanis members dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours, organize about 150,000 service projects worldwide and invest more than US$100 million to help the communities and to serve the children.
We help to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise fund for pediatric research and much more. We believe that helping a child helps the world.
Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.