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.|
› The September 11 Disaster Relief Fund raises US$3 million to help victims.
› LCIF acquires rights to Lions Quest program.
|2004||› Lions mobilize more than US$15 million for South Asian tsunami relief, making this the single largest disaster reconstruction project in LCIF history at this point.|
› Campaign SightFirst II, LCIF’s most ambitious fundraising campaign ever, kicks off at the Lions International Convention in Hong Kong.
|2007||› LCIF is named the #1 non-governmental organization in the world with which to partner by an independent Financial Times study.|
› The largest single personal donation of US$3 million is pledged to LCIF.
› Lions Quest celebrates its 25th anniversary.
› Lions provides vision screening to the 211,000th Special Olympics athlete.
› The 318,070th Lion becomes a Melvin Jones Fellow and the 58,126th Lion becomes a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
› LCIF celebrates 10 years of partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care through the Sight for Kids program. The partnership has screened almost 17 million children for vision problems at this point.
› LCIF partners with the GAVI Alliance and DFID to continue fight measles, committing to raise US$30 million by 2017.