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Helping Lions Serve Their Local Communities

Jamie Konigsfeld and Bill Hatzos March 09, 2020

Together, Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are changing the world—one  community at a time. To support your continued efforts, LCIF – your foundation – has created the District and Club Community Impact Grant (DCG). Through the DCG program, 15 percent of unrestricted contributions to LCIF from a club or district may be transformed into grants which fund projects at a club or district level. Qualifying donations may be made throughout the year. Those funds are available for a grant to the club or district the following Lion year.

The teachers and children were so happy and thankful for the abundance of unexpected donations.

Before a club can apply for a DCG, there is a minimum donation requirement of US$5,000 in one year. For districts, there is a minimum requirement of US$10,000 in one year.

The DCG program helps Lions provide many forms of service, such as comforting a sick child, planting trees in a local park, or purchasing nutritious food for hungry neighbors.

Lions give supplies and smiles to children in need
At Mái Ấm Từ Tâm Orphanage, the luxury of shoes—much less sports equipment—is unaffordable. Knowing the kids did not have proper shoes to protect their feet, or games to let their imaginations run wild, the Lions from Han Seo Lions Club in Korea decided to take action. They raised money and applied for a LCIF DCG grant, so they could make a difference in the lives of these children.

The Lions traveled more than 2,000 miles—from Incheon, Korea to the orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam—taking with them new shoes, sports equipment, school supplies, kitchen utensils, and food for 95 children.

“We chose to visit this orphanage to make a small difference,” says club President Hyun-Jun Lee. “The teachers and children were so happy and thankful for the abundance of unexpected donations we were able to provide.”

A DCG grant made this project possible. Now, children from low-income communities are experiencing some of what every child should experience: safety, comfort, and fun.

Expand your service and help make an even greater impact.

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LCIF is the grant-making body empowering Lions to create greater impact in their communities and around the world. The vast majority of funding LCIF receives is from Lions; 100 percent of every donation supports Lions service through LCIF grants and programs.

Jamie Konigsfeld is a marketing content specialist at Lions Clubs International Foundation. Bill Hatzos is senior marketing specialist for Lions Clubs International Foundation.