Lions Clubs International Foundation & Your Lions Club
Welcome and Introduction
LCIF isA global leader in humanitarian serviceLions helping Lions serve the worldLions serving your communityLions serving the world community
LCIFIs the official charitable Foundation of LCIprovides grants to assist Lions with large-scale humanitarian projects Has awarded 9,000 grants totaling more than US$640 million in its 40-year historyAwarded US$41 million in grants in fiscal year 2007-2008 aloneMakes miracles possible through the support of Lions and Lions clubsAbove all, LCIF is.
LCIF Facts LCIF receives no club dues; it is fully supported by the generosity of Lions worldwide. 100% of all donations go directly toward LCIFs humanitarian projects. LCIF supports Lions efforts to carry out essential humanitarian service in their local and world communities
How Does LCIF Help Your District?Helps Lions respond collectively to major humanitarian concerns in your community and around the worldEnables Lions to help Lionsespecially in times of calamity and disasterFunds projects too big for districts/clubs to do on their ownDevelops relevant grant-making initiatives to help Lions better serve the world community
Pillars of ServiceThrough LCIF, Lions Preserve Sight Combat Disability Promote Health Serve Youth Provide Disaster ReliefLocal Service, Global Impact
LCIF Preserves SightPreschool Vision ScreeningsSight For KidsPartnership with Johnson & JohnsonGeneral eye-care servicesSightFirst programIn 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to be Knights of the Blind. Since then, it has been Lions mission to provide Vision for All.
LCIF Combats DisabilitySpecial Olympics Opening Eyes ProgramProvides athletes with vision testing and eyeglassesMore than 100,000 athletes screened Habitat for Humanity partnershipFunded the construction of 1,000 homes for people with disabilities Affordable Hearing Aid ProjectProvides high-quality, low-cost hearing aids
LCIF Supports YouthLions Quest Launched in 1984Teaches life skills, character education, civic values, drug prevention and service-learning educationActive in 44 countries serving more than 11 million youthLCIF grants have helped build schools, clinics, youth camps and shelters for children
LCIF Provides Disaster ReliefLCIF provides emergency assistance when natural disasters strikeSoutheast Asia TsunamiUS$15.4 millionHurricane KatrinaMore than US$5 millionSichuan (China) Earthquake More than US$2 millionHundreds of grants awarded for local disasters around the world (earthquakes, floods, etc.)
LCIF Grant Programs Standard Grants: Matching grants of up to US$75,000 for local humanitarian service projects.Core 4 Grants: Funds special projects in eyesight, disability, health and youth (1 per district) up to US$200,000.SightFirst Grants: Blindness prevention and sight restoration projects in neediest areas.International Assistance Grants: Support club twinning projects; US$5,000 to US$30,000 (1 per district or club annually).
Standard GrantsBroadest category of LCIF funding 143 grants awarded in 2007-08 totaling US$6.6 millionIn 2008-09 to date, 55 grants approved totaling more than US$2.5 millionStandard grants match funds up to US$75,000 Support large-scale Lions projects (equipment or construction only- no operating costs)Bottom Up: Lions identify and develop projectsProvide local impact & community visibility for LionsA minimum of two clubs are required to apply
Standard Grant Review and ApprovalApplications due 60 days before LCIF Board meeting; but earlier submission is recommendedLCIF staff pre-reviews applications; clarifications and changes may be requested LCIF Exec. Committee reviews applications that meet all preliminary requirementsApplications are either: approved (sometimes with conditions or at a reduced amount)tabled (pending further information) or deniedLCIF grant money is not disbursed until local funds are collected
Standard Grants in ActionThe result: Thanks to Lions, campers meet others with their condition and learn to manage their diabetes.
Core 4 GrantsSupport special initiatives under the four primary service commitments of Lions:Grants are given on a 3-to-1 matching basis in most instances (25% local funding)In 2007-08, LCIF awarded 47 Core 4 grants totaling US$3.7 million
Core 4 Funding PrioritiesPreserving SightLow Vision ProjectsPreschool Vision Screening Program (formerly Photo Screening)Combating DisabilityPartnership with Habitat for HumanityPartnership with Special Olympics Opening EyesPromoting HealthDiabetes Prevention and TreatmentServing YouthLions Quest Program
Core 4 Grants in ActionThe result: Lions are preventing blindness for many at risk.
International Assistance Grants (IAG)Support for international twinning-type projectsNeed Lions club in at least 2 countries to partner (a sponsor and host club)Sponsor club/district raises some funding and applies for grant; host club helps implementIn 2007-2008, LCIF awarded 34 IAG grants totaling $389,229
Examples of IAG projects Eyeglass and medical missions Clean water and wells Equipment for Blindness and Disability Rehab Centers Environmental Protection Rural Development
Intl. Assistance Grants in ActionThe Lions Club of Issoire, France (District 103-CS) joined the Lions Club of Bamako, Mali (District 403-A), to provide technical assistance and project funding to install local deep-water wells with an IAG approved by LCIF for US$30,000.
The result: Lions bringing clean water and improved health to thousands of people.
Emergency GrantsImmediate response to natural disastersUp to US$10,000 available to districtsIn 2007-08 alone, LCIF awarded US$1.93 million for 229 disasters around the worldLocal Lions purchase & distribute vital supplies to meet immediate needs: Food and waterClothing and infant careFirst-aid suppliesHygiene and cleaning supplies
Emergency Grant RegulationsDisaster must be large in scope, displacing or affecting 100 or more peopleLCIF funds Lions-led relief activitiesOne grant per district, per disasterGrant must be requested within 30 days of disaster; funds must be spent within 60 daysMay not be used for lodging, building materials or to replace lost or damaged propertyFinal reports to be submitted to LCIF with receipts for goods purchased by Lions
Emergency Grants in Action
SightFirst Program GrantsSightFirst is LCIFs flagship blindness prevention programSightFirst has:Saved the sight of 27 million people Prevented vision loss for 30 million Improved eye-care services for hundreds of millionsAwarded 922 grants totaling US$231 million to 90 countriesUS $6: Average cost to save or restore a persons sight through SightFirst
Campaign SightFirst IIWill continue and expand the SightFirst program Lions worldwide responded to make CSFII LCIFs greatest successRaised more than US$200 million, exceeding Lions challenge goalDid Lions in your club and district participate?Thank you, Lions!
Lions Historic GenerosityLCIF received record generosity from Lions worldwide through CSFIIMore than 60% of Lions worldwide participatingMore than 90,000 gifts to CSFII124 gifts of US$25,000 US$99,99991 gifts of US$100,000 or moreUS$700,000 gift Lion Kanaksinh K. Babla, KenyaUS$2,600,000 gift NORAD, NorwayUS$3,000,000 gift PDG Aruna Oswal & Family, IndiaUS$4,000,000 gift Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust, UKUS$7,500,000 gift GHEF, Kenneth Behring, USA
SightFirst grant in ActionWe all know Lions are dedicated to helping us until the blinding parasite disappears completely... Because of Lions, it is now rare to see blind people here.-Hilario of Chiapas, Mexico SightFirst patient, river blindnessIm very happy to get back my eyesight, I can see clearly, just like my early days. God bless the Lions for the noble work they are doing. - Adabala Lakshmi Narasamha, India, SightFirst patient, cataract
LCIF Grants in ReviewLions clubs and districts worldwide are eligible to receive LCIF grantsLions in your area are welcome to apply for LCIF grantsAs you serve your local and world communities, LCIF staff and LCIF volunteer coordinators are here to serve and assist you.Through LCIF grants, Lions are changing the world and changing lives
Tips for Grant ApplicationsContact LCIF before applying and submit application ASAPNo funding or reimbursement for completed projectsBackground info on beneficiary organizationLions financial contributions and involvementFull contact information and multiple correspondence is neededConsult past international leadership
Tips for Grant ApplicationsClearly lay out the projects objectives, including number of beneficiariesFill out the application in its entiretyAn income and expense budget is needed; the more income collected, the betterProject must be large-scale and one Lions cannot fund on their own
Your club can make a difference through LCIFPromote LCIF in your community by publicizing Lions LCIF accomplishments Donate to LCIF to ensure programs continueHonor RollContributing MemberClub PlaqueCorporate PlaqueMelvin Jones Fellowships and Progressive FellowshipsMemorial Donation
Ways to promote LCIFRead LCIF features in THE LION MagazineShare district LCIF news with local mediaTrack recent grants awarded to your areaVisit www.lcif.org for new and free resources: Lions News Network (LNN) LCIF videosNews releasesBrochures and materialsPowerPoint presentationsSubscribe to Chairpersons monthly e-mailRecently approved grants
Why donate to LCIF? LCIF is Lions helping Lions serve the world All funds donated to LCIF go toward a grant Lions support is crucial -- donations from Lions provide the majority of LCIF's revenue The Financial Times ranked LCIF as the #1 non-governmental organization (NGO) worldwide with which to partner
Ways to donate to LCIF Fulfill pledges already made to CSFII Honor RollRecognizes individuals donating US$100 to LCIFDonations can be made in anothers nameRecipients receive an Honor Roll certificate and are added to the Honor Roll at LCI Headquarters Contributing MembersDonate US$20 or more annually to LCIFRecognized with pins at three levels of support: US$20, US$50 and US$100Banner patch and chevron for the first year of 100% Contributing Membership in club
Ways to donate to LCIF Memorial DonationsRecognize individuals who make a donation to LCIF in memory of anotherDonor and family receive a card in memory of the person Planned GiftsBequests, wills, charitable gift-annuities, etc. Club PlaqueRecognize Lions clubs that donate US$1,000 or more to LCIF Corporate PlaqueCorporations that donate US$1,000 or more to LCIFMany companies/employers offer matching gift programs
Ways to donate to LCIF Melvin Jones Fellowships (MJF)LCIFs highest honor and recognizes humanitarian service for LCIF donations of US$1,000Presentedto individuals whodonate US$1,000 to LCIF or to individuals for whom a US$1,000 donation was made by othersInstallments/pledges toward MJFs are commonProgressive Melvin Jones Fellowships (PMJF) honor those making additional US$1,000 donations to LCIF MJFs/PMJFs Provide 70% of all LCIF program funding
LCIF, Your Foundation Questions? Contact LCIFLCIF Staff can help and are there to serve you as you serve the worldLCIF Volunteer Coordinators are LCIF AmbassadorsReplace former LCIF Chairperson roleLCIF Coordinators can assist your club and club members with questions, inquiries, donation follow-up, grant applications, etc.
LCIF, Your Foundation Through LCIF, Lions are changing the world and changing livesThank you, Lions!
Lions Clubs International Foundation & Your Lions Club
In the Philippines, LCIF provided an Emergency Grant of US$10,000 to aid 1,000 desperate flood victims of Davao City and Davao del Norte.