BASIC INFORMATION ON YOUR FOUNDATION!

What is the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee Kiwanis District Foundation? 

The La.-Miss.-W.Tenn. Kiwanis District Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable corporation, established in 1980, by the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International, under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501 (c) (3). 

The District Foundation is the “fund-raising arm” of the La.-Miss.-W. Tenn. Kiwanis District.  It is charged with finding financial ways to support scholarships and leadership training of the Service Leadership Programs, and meaningful service projects of the member Kiwanis clubs.  These projects are in consonance with and support the Objects of Kiwanis International. 

What is the mission of the Kiwanis District Foundation? 

“To provide financial assistance for Kiwanis projects and programs within our District.” 

What is the “Endowment Program” of the District Foundation? 

The District Foundation Board of Directors has established a lofty goal to increase the endowed funds of the Foundation to a minimum of $500,000.  Currently sitting around  $460,000, the endowment fund is invested using a long-term growth strategy adopted by the Board.  The principal of the fund will remain untouched to continue to earn the highest amount of interest/dividends possible.  The interest and dividends will be used as needed to help fund the Foundation’s Grants & Scholarship Programs.

Moneys donated to the 3 major contribution/recognition plans – the Henry W. Nash~Eugene J. Maier Tablet of Honor, the John T. Roberts Fellowship, and the River of Life Fellowship – are now dedicated to the Endowment Fund.  Additionally, money donated by individuals are also earmarked for the Endowment Fund, as these donations can easily be expanded and used towards one of these major plans.  

What does the District Foundation do with the contributions?

Contributions to the District Foundation are typically used in support of...  

          • Community Service Projects: Over the years, the Foundation Board has awarded grants to clubs for a variety of worthwhile service projects. 
          • Key Club & Circle K Scholarships: Over $10,000 has been awarded annually in scholarships to deserving Key Club Seniors and Circle K                                         members throughout the district. 
          • Leadership Training for Sponsored Youth: The Foundation awards over $4,000 in grants to provide leadership training to officers and members                     of Circle K and Key Club. 
          • The Operating Expenses of the Foundation: The costs of operating the Foundation are also covered by donations.  The administrative and                                fundraising efforts of the volunteer organization are covered by your generous support of the Foundation.