For more than 100 years, Lions have been on the frontlines serving humanity with compassion and kindness, helping those in need and lifting them up with hope for the future. As we entered our second century of service, we needed a roadmap to successfully guide us into our future to meet the ever-increasing needs of the world.
LCI Forward became that vision.
Launched in 2015, LCI Forward was our five-year strategic plan designed to help Lions and Leos achieve our global vision for a better tomorrow. With input from thousands of members around the world, the plan focused on enhancing our service impact, reshaping public opinion, pursuing excellence, and improving membership value.
By introducing innovative programs and cutting-edge technologies, it prepared Lions and Leos to meet the challenges ahead. We also united to take on some of the most pressing issues facing humanity: Diabetes, Vision, Hunger, Environment and Childhood Cancer. And Lions Clubs International Foundation launched Campaign 100, our most ambitious capital campaign ever.
Our mission was to position our organization and clubs for long-term success, and LCI Forward enabled us to do just that. We created new programs, products and resources designed to better support our members and innovate our service.
We also set a lofty goal of tripling our service impact and the number of people we served per year, from 71 million to 200 million. Because of you and your hard work, we achieved—and even surpassed—this incredible milestone in 2019-20.
In addition to the important work being done by our clubs, we were faced with a global health crisis, the coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to this pandemic, Lions and Leos have stepped up to serve safely by delivering groceries to elderly neighbors, making masks to keep people safe and hosting video fundraisers to help their communities.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has supported areas severely affected by COVID-19 with over 200 grants totaling more than US$3,500,000 through May 2020, and they continue to support the fight against this global health crisis. The pandemic has posed many challenges to our clubs and to the world, but, together, we are making a difference in the lives of millions.
As we look to our next 100 years of service, Lions International and LCIF are mapping out a bold new vision to guide us successfully through our next century. We’ll be sharing more about this in the coming year.
We couldn’t have achieved all of these milestones without you. So let’s celebrate the incredible, life-changing things we’ve done together. Let’s continue to inspire one another and look forward to all the great things that lie ahead. Let’s continue to be what we are—Lions and Leos, the most important volunteers on earth!
Find out more of the great things we achieved together in the LCI Forward Celebration, a special publication that highlights our success.