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We Serve Humanity

Jamie Konigsfeld and Bill Hatzos March 16, 2020

Working together, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions identify the world’s most crucial needs, and we support them in humanitarian efforts that transform the lives of people around the world. Through grants supporting humanitarian efforts, LCIF provides support for programs addressing needs of at-risk, vulnerable populations and communities everywhere.

A special weekend just for kids
Kids should be carefree. They should use their imaginations and experience the joy of laughter. With a US$5,000 Leo Service grant from LCIF, that is exactly what Leos gave 77 children in Portugal.

A LCIF US$5,000 Leo Service grant supports children in Portugal.

Forty-three Leos and 17 Lions hosted an annual children’s camp, which was filled with fun and educational activities. They played games, watched movies, had their faces painted, created art, and danced. They also had educational classes including how to plant trees and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The children came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were from low-income families and others had traumatic pasts. Camp was not something these children experienced in their everyday lives, which made this an impactful, special weekend for all.

With LCIF’s assistance, the Leos—who celebrated the camp’s 23rd year—could invite more children to experience a weekend where their health, safety, and happiness were always top priority.

Did you know
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, LCIF awarded 798 grants, totaling more than US$40 million. In this same fiscal year, LCIF provided US$14, 929,955 in grants supporting humanitarian efforts, which empowered Lions to strengthen communities by delivering specialized care where there are needs.

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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.

Humanitarian is just one focus area supported by LCIF and Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service. With financial support from Lions and clubs worldwide, Campaign 100 is empowering Lions to increase service impact in vision, youth, disaster relief, and humanitarian efforts; fight the global epidemic of diabetes; and make important progress in the expanded cause areas of childhood cancer, hunger, and the environment.


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