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When Disaster Strikes, Lions Clubs International Foundation Responds

Dear Lions,

When service projects are too large for a club or a district to financially support, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is there to assist. A great example of Lions and LCIF working together happens in the midst of disaster.

This summer, the world watched as natural disasters struck around the world. In South Asia, parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh are experiencing devastating monsoon rains.  In Mumbai alone, over 1,000 people have been reported killed in the floods.  In the past 3 months, LCIF has approved 20 emergency grants to South Asia, totaling US$125,000. In July, flooding in Japan took lives and destroyed homes. LCIF awarded a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant to help the community recover.

In August, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast stretching from the Houston area into Louisiana. During one of the worst natural disasters in American history, thousands of people lost their homes and everything they own. Some people lost family members. LCIF immediately awarded a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant to assist in reconstruction efforts. Within two weeks of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma struck Florida and other areas of the Southeast United States, and destroyed much of the islands in the western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. At the same time, Mexico was hit by its strongest earthquake in 100 years. LCIF has made funds available for two more US$100,000 grants to aid Lions assisting with Hurricane Irma and Mexico’s earthquake. Most recently, LCIF awarded a US$100,000 grant to support Puerto Rico hurricane relief and reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals affected by these and other natural disasters.  At the same time, LCIF issues a heartfelt thank you to our donors.  Please consider joining them and making a contribution. Donations will continue Lions’ relief efforts around the world, and no gift is too small.

Sincerely,

Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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World Sight Day

On October 12th, World Sight Day will focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.  Lions have been leaders in supporting this cause since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”  Lions Clubs International developed and launched World Sight Day in 1988 to recognize the importance of fighting preventable blindness around the world.  Since the inception of the SightFirst program in 1990, LCIF has awarded 1,287 SightFirst grants totaling US$342.6 million, with activity taking place in over 100 countries.  So much has been accomplished, and there has been a significant reduction in the prevalence of visual impairment worldwide.  However, much work remains.  Currently, 253 million individuals are blind or visually impaired, and it’s critically important that Lions, and LCIF, remain engaged in this cause.  What is your club doing to address visual impairment or blindness in your community?  Email LCIF@LionsClubs.org to find out if an LCIF grant can help.

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Changes to the LCIF Grants
There have been some recent changes to LCIF’s grant categories.  What was previously called Standard grants will now be known as Humanitarian Matching grants, a more descriptive title. Diabetes Grants (formerly Core 4 Diabetes), and Lions Quest Grants (formerly Core 4 Lions Quest) have also been placed under the umbrella of Humanitarian Grants. These changes come in response to our ever-changing world. As the needs of the world change, LCIF will evolve so Lions can focus on sustainable service projects that reach the most people possible.

Grant Application Deadline is Approaching
LCIF provides grant funding to assist Lions in developing and implementing large-scale humanitarian projects. These grants help Lions expand their outreach and increase their impact within local and global communities, and serve even more people around the world. To date, LCIF has awarded more than US$1 billion in grants. Remember, October 10, 2017, is the deadline for Humanitarian and SightFirst grant applications, which will be intended for review at the January 2018 Board of Trustees, Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) and SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings.


New Challenges and New Ways to Serve

Dear Lions,

As a leader of this organization, something I want you to know is that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) stands with Lions. LCIF helps Lions’ projects reach more people and benefit more communities. Have you ever thought about if the service project in your community could have reached more people if provided additional resources? Have you ever been involved in a project that you wish could have helped more people? LCIF grants are available to help you do that.

Receiving a grant for your service project may seem like an abstract idea, but it is possible to accomplish this for your own community. The donations that LCIF receives go directly to Lions who apply for grants and meet the required criteria.

Think about the service projects your club is participating in. Can a grant make your projects more impactful to your community or the community you are serving? In addition, think about this the next time you consider giving a donation to LCIF.

We have some exciting changes happening to our grants framework, so I hope you will talk with your club about LCIF and the potential grant opportunities available to you.

Very truly yours,

Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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New Grant Categories
As the needs of this world continue changing, LCIF must also evolve to provide support to those in need. With these changes come new grant categories. The new categorization will keep the foundation’s mission in mind and will encourage Lions and LCIF to focus on more sustainable projects. In addition, a new, very exciting grant is coming soon. Leos will be able to plan and implement their own service projects with assistance from an LCIF grant!

You can expect more information on these changes soon. With brand-new options, Lions are now going to be able to impact more people than ever.

Still Recruiting Club LCIF Coordinators
The Club LCIF Coordinator is an ambassador for LCIF at the club level. This position is crucial to the promotion of our foundation. This Lion shares LCIF stories, motivates fellow Lions to support LCIF, and enables LCIF to advance its humanitarian work both locally and globally. Club LCIF Coordinators will be equipped with resources that will allow them to champion the goals of the foundation to Lions. This position is truly an exciting role and is of great importance to LCIF. If you would like to serve in this position for your club for the 2017-2018 year, tell you club president today!

Share Your Stories
Lions are working hard every day to create change around the world. Some Lions are volunteering their time in schools, some are planting trees, assisting communities after disasters, or spreading the word about safe and effective vaccinations. Whatever your project is, share it with LCIF and all Lions! Stories and pictures not only let everyone know about the good work you are doing, but they inspire others to create projects of their own. Share your stories today!

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