Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF)
Millions of people around the world have benefited through more than 11,340 Foundation grants, which have totaled more than US$826 million. That number continues to grow in part from gifts from foundations, corporations, governments and non-Lions. However, the vast majority of LCIF’s funding comes through the generous donations from Lions clubs and individual members.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF)
The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) recognizes donations of US$1,000. It is the backbone of LCIF, providing 75 percent of the foundation's revenue. As recognition of humanitarian work, an MJF is an honor presented to those who donate US$1,000 to LCIF or to people for whom a donation was made by others.
Contributions can be made by individuals (including non-Lions), clubs or districts. Donations may be in one sum, or in installments of a minimum of US$100 over a five-year period. Melvin Jones Fellows receive an attractive lapel pin, a plaque and a congratulatory letter.
It is possible to make a donation and choose the MJF recipient later. Write "Melvin Jones Fellow to be named later" on the check. Send your cheque to LCIF in Australian Dollars to your District Cabinet Treasurer. Your donation needs to be marked to go towards a Melvin Jones Fellowship or Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship. When sufficent funds have been accumulated completed the MJF application and send to LCIF Donor Services.
Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) Awards .
Often the hardest workers in your Clubs and District already have been honoured with a Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF).
Club Presidents and District Governors can endorse and reward continuing high standards of service by further honouring receipients of the MJF award with a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship. With a gift to LCIF of US$1,000, current Melvin Jones Fellows can receive a stylish single diamond MJF lapel pin. Additional gifts to LCIF in US$1,000 increments allow further diamonds to be received on a MJF lapel pin; recognising their and your continuing support to LCIF.
LCIF Grants are saving children’s lives by Lions partnering with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) to vaccinate millions of children in the world’s poorest countries. This partnership is really working with 157 million children to be vaccinated in 2015.