Foundation News Update
Relief for Haiti
Lions Hope for Haiti has mobilized more than US$2 million to date. Following the devastating earthquake, Lions around the world responded generously and quickly to the LCIF designated fund for this disaster. Donations are continuing to pour in from individuals, clubs and districts. LCIF is working directly with Lions of Haiti as well as Lions in neighboring countries to assess the immediate needs and also develop a long-term reconstruction plan. Donors can assist area Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation in responding to this disaster with a designated donation to the“LCIF Haiti Earthquake Relief” Fund.
New Year, New Look for LCIF
It’s an exciting time for LCIF, as the debut of the new look for LCIF is unveiled. For more than a year, LCIF has been working with a marketing consulting firm to develop a refined image for the Foundation. The implementation phase is in full swing, which includes the development of new brochures, posters and other materials to reflect the refreshed brand. In March, the new brand will officially launch, including a video on the Web site, refreshed logos, a pledge card, an audio podcast message from the Chairperson, and the mailing of the annual report, which also incorporates the branding.
Memorial Kits Now Available
Celebrate loved ones commitment to service by ensuring those in need worldwide will continue to be helped. Making a memorial gift to LCIF is the perfect way to honor loved ones committed to Lions and humanitarian service when they pass away. LCIF now has memorial donation kits available for memorial services, which include memorial donation forms. For more information about LCIF memorial donation kits, pleasecontact Donor Services.
Growth for Lions Quest
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Lions Quest, and Lions are celebrating by implementing the program in new areas worldwide. With grants awarded at the January Lions Quest Advisory Committee Meeting, three new countries were approved to implement the program, including Bulgaria, Mauritius and the Philippines. Additionally, the program recently expanded into Chicago Public Schools (CPS), one of the largest school systems in the United States. To date, more than half a dozen high schools in CPS use Lions Quest, demonstrating the continued growth of the program. Now is the perfect time to become involved with Lions Quest and your local schools! To find out more, visit the new Lions Quest Web site, launching in February.
Annual Report Available Online
The 2008-2009 LCIF annual report is now available to download online, in English only at this time with all languages available in March.
First Ever Teacher of the Year Award
Lions Quest is hosting its first-ever Lions Quest Educator Award. This award seeks to recognize teacher’s creativity, initiative and success in implementing Lions Quest curricula in an educational setting. We welcome every Lion to take an active role in identifying teachers in their local schools who have truly lived the Lions Quest program in their classroom. If you or other Lions in your community know of a leading Lions Quest teacher and would like to nominate them for the Lions Quest Educator Award, please contact Lions Quest.
New Grants Awarded
At the January SightFirst Advisory Committee meeting, 15 grants were approved for a total of US$4.1 million. This includes two grants for new countries to the SightFirst Program: Central African Republic and Burundi. The Lions Quest Advisory Committee also met in January, approving 12 grants for US$506,450. This includes three grants awarded for three new countries to implement the Lions Quest Program: Philippines, Bulgaria and Mauritius. View the full of list of recently awarded grants.
LCIF Panelist on China Radio International
Lions Clubs International Foundation was a panelist during a live debate on China Radio International. LCIF Chairperson Al Brandel represented LCIF as the spokesperson for the live airing. The panel discussion included non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) operating in China. The interview covered the development of the NGO/NPO sector, the challenges, the successes, the scope of operations as well as raising funds, getting a license to operate and other topics. Listen to the radio recording.
New SightFirst Materials
The recent edition of ForSight, the SightFirst bi-annual magazine is now available online in all languages. The current issues highlights the Sight for Kids program in Asia, which has now screened 10 million children; Noor Dubai partnership program to control and eliminate onchocerciasis; 10 years of SightFirst China Action as a nationwide program and other stories. Also, SightFirst has created an Executive Summary document that outlines the program’s funding priorities to assist Lions in the grant application, as well as explain the program to anyone.
Lion Recognized by World Health Organization
Lion Dominique Coste has been recognized by the World Health Organization for her SightFirst work. She gave countless hours to helping the less fortunate, both in her home country of Cameroon, as well as throughout all of Africa. She oversaw a number of SightFirst projects, from development to implementation. SightFirst is Lions Clubs International Foundation’s successful program to save or restore sight to millions of people worldwide. She passed away November 4. Read the full tribute.
New Year Brings Changes to Grant Application Process
The SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) will now meet twice a year, instead of the three meeting schedule as in previous years. Grant applications are still due 60 days prior to the meeting date, however there are now only two meetings a year where grants will be approved. For more information about meeting dates, please visit the grant section of the LCIF Web site.
Learn More about LCIF
Make a resolution this year to learn more about the great work of your Foundation. You may be aware of the recently created LCIF District Coordinator position. This individual in your district has been trained on the types of grants and programs available as well as how to submit funds or Melvin Jones Fellowship applications. Please invite them to your club meeting or district convention to educate others about LCIF. E-mail the LCIF Development Department with the date of the event, and they will help put you in contact with your local coordinator.
Four Stars for LCIF
An updated review on Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, recently awarded LCIF four stars, the highest ranking a charity is able to receive. More than 5,400 of America’s largest charities are ranked on the Web site, where LCIF received higher rankings than both the Red Cross and Feeding America. The four star ranking demonstrates LCIF’s commitment to using funds as effective and efficiently as possible, and remaining committed to serving those in need.
LCIF Tabletop Exhibit Available for Lions Conventions
The LCIF tabletop exhibit is available for Lions to book for local and state conventions, community fairs or other events to promote the foundation. Please contact LCIF Communications to book the display for your upcoming event.