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.
Our International Foundation has awarded a US$2 million grant to support the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project. Together with the Garvan Institute, the Australian Lions Children's Cancer Research Foundation and other partners, this pilot initiative will improve outcomes for hundreds of children with high-risk cancer through whole genome sequencing. This could eventually serve as model for the development of personalized cancer prevention and treatment.
Our Australian Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project is another way that LCIF is demonstrating its commitment to global health. Perhaps one day, we will eliminate deaths from childhood cancer. In order to realize that dream, we need everyone to support our Foundation. No need is too large, and no gift is too small.
New Opportunities for Disaster Relief Jan 2016
The LCIF Disaster Relief grant program provides financial support to Lions and their partners engaged in natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts. Disaster Preparedness grants offer US$5,000 to US$10,000 to districts interested in partnering with local authorities and other community organizations to plan and prepare for future disaster relief efforts. Community Recovery grants provide up to US$20,000 for short-term clean-up and repair efforts in situations where other organizations have already addressed immediate needs.
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.
Our goal is to raise $30 million by our centenary year 2017. Every dollar donated by Lions will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or the Department for International Development UK, giving a total of $60 million in the fight against measles and rubella. The One Shot, One Life- Lions Measles Initiative vaccinates a child for less than $1 and gives that child the chance to live a healthy life. At the start of our Lions Measles Initiative 430 children died each day from measles, now it stands at 335, help Lions to reduce the number of children to die from measles and rubella to zero.