Message from the Chairperson: Making Dreams Come True with LCIF

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LCIF Chairperson PalmerDear Lion,

When I became president of Lions Clubs International, it was a dream come true. Now, I am honored to follow another dream as Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation. The Foundation is a vital part of Lions’ international service efforts, so I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this year with support from LCIF.

Last year, LCIF set a goal to raise US$35.7 million in funding to meet Lions’ humanitarian needs worldwide. I am proud to say that you hit that mark! More than ever, Lions are involved in service projects to meet the needs of their communities. LCIF has seen an increase in requests for disaster relief assistance in recent years; Lions Quest continues to expand around the world, reaching more students than ever; we continue to fight preventable blindness, including from diseases like trachoma and river blindness; and we continue in our commitment to our partners at the GAVI Alliance in fighting measles, among many other humanitarian projects.

Your contributions have helped people all around the world by providing disaster relief, saving sight, preventing measles, supporting youth and meeting humanitarian needs. To be able to help even more people, we have a new goal to raise US$38.3 million for LCIF and I know that we will be able to achieve it. In fact, I am going to challenge you to set the goal even higher!

What if every Lions club donated US$100 per member to LCIF? We would raise US$136 million – imagine all of the good that could be done with those funds! As Lions, we can do almost anything. By working together, we can help each other to follow our dreams for a better world. You can make a difference, and LCIF can help.

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Updates to the LCIF Standard Grant Criteria

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The LCIF Standard grant minimum and maximum request amounts have been updated.

As a result of the June/July 2014 Board meeting in Toronto, Canada, the new Standard grant minimum request amount for matching funds is US$10,000 and the new maximum request amount for matching funds is US$100,000.

These expanded criteria allow LCIF to help even more Lions meet the needs of their communities through our most popular grant category. Standard grants generally provide capital funding for equipment and infrastructure needs. Typical projects include medical equipment, mobile health units, hospices, nursing homes, medical units, street children’s homes, blind and disabled centers, eye clinics, research centers and schools in developing countries. Learn more online at www.lcif.org.

Please note: these updates apply to all applications received at LCIF as of July 1, 2014.

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Video: Growing Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the cornerstone of Lions’ amazing achievements in humanitarian service. In this video, District Governors and other Lions are encouraged to promote LCIF to help grow the Foundation.

Learn more online about how you and your Lions club can support LCIF, or you can make a donation. Thank you for your support!

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LCIF Humanitarian Grants Awarded June/July 2014

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During the June/July 2014 Board of Directors meeting in Toronto, Canada, 72 LCIF humanitarian grants were awarded totaling US$3,132,842.

These grants support life-changing projects, such as providing hospital equipment in Brazil, clean water projects in Madagascar, Mali and Niger, vision screening equipment for children in Greece, transportation vehicles for the disabled in Japan, Habitat for Humanity homes in the United States, and much more.

Upcoming grant deadlines include:

  • August 4, 2014: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the October 2014 Board meeting
  • October 17, 2014: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in January 2015
  • November 21, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in January 2015

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Video: LCIF and Lions Support Students with Low Vision in Kansas

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In rural Kansas (USA), children with low vision can have a difficult time accessing needed eye care. In the video below, learn how LCIF’s SightFirst program provided Lions with a grant to support low vision services through the Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB).

With the help of Lions, the KSSB and the right devices, there’s no limit to what students can accomplish. Just ask Joshua Harsch – with the help of the KSSB, he received specialized software that allows him to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College.

“Before I came here, I was basically just struggling along, hoping to get through the day,” said Harsch. “As soon as I came here, I was shocked literally, because there was so much opportunity. And I was actually very happy for once.”

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