Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) was founded in 1968 to take the mission of Lions Clubs International to new heights by tackling global problems, as well as assisting Lions with large-scale local humanitarian projects. LCIF’s history is filled with high-impact projects, meaningful partnerships and the kindness and efforts of Lions. With continued support, you can count on LCIF to continue and expand programs to improve lives around the world far into the future.
|1968||LCIF is incorporated as a Foundation.|
|1972||LCIF awards first grant of US$5,000 for flooding in South Dakota, USA.|
|1973||The Melvin Jones Fellowship program is created as a way for donors of US$1,000 to be recognized.|
|1984||LCIF begins partnering with Quest International to implement the youth development program, Lions Quest.
|1985||LCIF awards first Major Catastrophe Grant of US$50,000 for earthquake relief in Mexico.|
|1986||The Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship program is established to give Lions a way to extend their commitment to LCIF.|
|1987||Campaign SightFirst is launched to raise funds to initiate the SightFirst program.|
|1989||SightFirst program begins and goes on to prevent serious vision loss of more than 30 million people.|
|1997||LCIF partners with the China State Council Coordination Committee on Disability for SightFirst China Action.|
|1999||LCIF embarks on a partnership with The Carter Center to combat river blindness and trachoma in Latin America and Africa. LCIF establishes the Core 4 grant program.|
|2001||The September 11 Disaster Relief Fund raises US$3 million to help victims.
LCIF begins partnership with Special Olympics to provide vision screenings to athletes through the Opening Eyes program.
LCIF and the World Health Organization launch the world’s first-ever initiative to combat childhood blindness. To date, 34 pediatric eye care centers have been established or strengthened.
|2002||LCIF acquires rights to Lions Quest program. LCIF joins with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care to develop and manage Sight for Kids program to provide vision screenings and eye health education for children in Asia.|
|2004||Lions mobilize more than US$15 million for South Asian tsunami relief, making this the single largest disaster reconstruction project in LCIF history.|
|2005||Campaign SightFirst II, LCIF’s most ambitious fundraising campaign ever, kicks off at the Lions International Convention in Hong Kong.
Lions raise US$5 million for Hurricane Katrina relief.
|2007||LCIF is named the #1 non-governmental organization in the world with which to partner by an independent Financial Times study.|
|2008||The largest single personal donation of US$3 million is pledged to LCIF.
LCIF and Habitat for Humanity partnership builds its 1,000th home.
Lions donate US$3 million for China earthquake relief.
Lions surpass the Campaign SightFirst II fundraising goal, raising more than US$200 million.
|2009||Lions Quest celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program has served 12 million students and 500,000 educators in 66 countries.
Lions raise more than US$6 million for Haiti earthquake relief.
|2010||Lions provides vision screening to the 211,000th Special Olympics athlete.
In partnership with Bausch + Lomb, LCIF launches the Pediatric Cataract Initiative.
|2011||The 318,070th Lion becomes a Melvin Jones Fellow and the 58,126th Lion becomes a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
Lions help administer the 148 millionth dose of Mectizan® to treat river blindness.
LCIF awards its 10,000th grant, bringing the total amount awarded to US$708 million.