Kiwanis International

Defining Statement

Kiwanis is a global organisation of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world.

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, we stand with more than 550,000 members in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance.


Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.



Defining Principles

- To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.

- To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

- To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business and professional standards.

- To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.

- To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.

- To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.