Commemorative LCIF 50th anniversary merchandise includes silk scarves, key chains and ties
Oct
4

Celebrate LCIF’s 50th Anniversary with Collectible Gear!

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is celebrating its 50th anniversary! That’s 50 year of improving lives around the world. You can keep the party going and support the Foundation by shopping for exclusive anniversary merchandise, now available in the LCI Store. From coffee mugs to tote bags, portfolios to silk scarves, you can celebrate in style with fashionable gear all year long. Find yours today at https://www2.lionsclubs.org/s-2-lcif-50th.aspx!

While you’re shopping, check out “Stories from the Heart: Lions Serving the World One Person at a Time,” a book by Past International Director Robert Littlefield. This collection of stories relays how service to those in need transforms lives and gives individuals a sense of purpose. Celebrate LCIF’s 50th anniversary by ordering your copy; a portion of the proceeds will benefit LCIF.

Tote bags and travel mugs are available!

A man surveys the damage caused by earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a 3-meter-tall (10-foot-tall) tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities. (AP Photo/Rifki)
Oct
3

LCIF Responds to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

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On Friday, September 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami.

Today, five days later, the situation for survivors is dire. As of October 2, the death toll is at 1,300 and still rising. Tens of thousands of structures have been obliterated, electrical poles are down throughout the region and many roads are impassable. Survivors are begging on the roadside for food and water and sleeping outside because of the risk of aftershocks.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded a US$100,000 grant to assist with relief efforts. We will continue to mobilize donations for this disaster to provide additional grant funds as Lions on the ground assess and identify needs.

Thanks to the support Lions provide to LCIF on an ongoing basis, Emergency Grants are available to provide for basic immediate needs including food, water, clothing and medicine. We have learned from experience that when a disaster victim receives aid quickly, it provides strength needed to survive the shock and loss, and even a little hope for the future.

After immediate needs are met, victims of disasters are not forgotten. LCIF remains committed to the important rebuilding of homes and lives that must happen, often long after a disaster occurs. Through Major Catastrophe grants, LCIF helps with long-term reconstruction projects to help victims begin to return to their lives and regain their independence.

At the heart of LCIF’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach.

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Visit LCIF.org/BE100 to learn how Campaign 100 will deeply engage in disaster relief efforts and in preparing for, and responding to, natural disasters whenever and wherever they strike.

Oct
2

How to Apply for an LCIF Matching Grant

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Your Lions district or multiple district is making an impact in your community every day. Did you know that a Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Matching grant can help extend your reach if there is an unmet humanitarian need in your community?

This is an image of the cover of the matching grant application. There is a photo that includes a Lion assisting a young girl in a wheelchair who is holding onto a service dog.

LCIF Grants Change Lives

Matching grants provide matching funds between US$10,0000 and US$100,000, typically for equipment and infrastructure needs. They are the most common type of grant awarded by LCIF.

What Lions Can Do with a Grant

Project examples include, but are not limited to: schools and housing for children without homes; physical rehabilitation facilities for people who are disabled; improved access to medical care for vulnerable communities; projects that address the needs of at-risk populations, such as the expansion of nursing homes, food banks, and clean water; and projects that support long-term disaster reconstruction of community facilities.

Find Out How to Apply for a Lions Clubs International Foundation Grant

If your district or multiple district has identified a large-scale humanitarian project, learn about Matching grant criteria and regulations. Then, submit your Matching grant application. Remember, the LCIF Board of Trustees reviews all eligible Matching grant applications three times per year. Applications must be received at least 60 days prior to the scheduled board meeting and meet all criteria to be considered. You can find the dates for the board meetings on LCIF’s calendar page.

Visit LCIF.org/BE100 to learn how Campaign 100 will sponsor and deliver programs addressing the distinct needs of at-risk and vulnerable populations such as the elderly, the disabled, females, orphans and others disproportionately impacted by social and economic factors and requiring special services.

Sep
28

Show how #LeosCollaborate – Leo Video Contest Tip Sheet

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Submissions for this year’s Leo Video Contest are being accepted now until November 1st, 2018! As you share how #LeosCollaborate with Lions in your community, take a look at this Leo Video Contest Tip Sheet to get some best practices for your video. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your stories! Winners for this year’s Leo Video Contest will be announced on International Leo Day on December 5th. Read the rules and submit your video here!

Sep
27

Question and Answer: How Do Vaccines Prevent Diseases?

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Question:
How do vaccines prevent diseases?

Answer:
With so many diseases in the world, something needed to be created to protect people from getting sick and even dying. This is where vaccines came in. Vaccines immunize and protect people from diseases such as measles, rubella and polio.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection by a disease, causing the immune system to develop the same response as it does to a real disease. This allows the body to recognize and fight the vaccine-preventable disease in the future if a person comes into contact with it.

Because the vaccine is weaker than a real disease, being vaccinated is a safe method for fighting diseases through prevention. For instance, immunizing a child against measles will not give the child measles, yet he or she will be protected against the disease in the future.

The best news: Vaccines work! And, whenever a vaccine is developed and approved as safe to use, the number of cases of that disease begins to drop immediately. Called “herd immunization,”this form of immunization occurs when the majority of a population is immune from a disease through a vaccination. Herd immunization protects member of the population who are not immune and cannot receive a vaccine due to their age or a compromised immune system.

This video from Immunize for Good demonstrates how vaccines work:

At the 2013 Lions Clubs International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) made a commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to raise US$30 million to help protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles. If we could accomplish this ambitious goal, these funds would be matched by the Gavi Matching Fund, whose primary contributors are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development. In December of 2017, LCIF announced that thanks to the generosity and service of Lions, this goal has been reached and exceeded, bringing the total amount raised to around US$61 million.

With support from LCIF and the Gavi Matching Fund, 49.5 million children have been immunized in communities across the world. For the first time in known history, the annual measles death rate has declined to less than 100,000 deaths per year. LCIF applauds this achievement, and is proud to have contributed to this success.

Visit LCIF.org/BE100 to learn how Campaign 100 will sponsor and deliver programs addressing the distinct needs of at-risk and vulnerable populations such as the elderly, the disabled, females, orphans and others disproportionately impacted by social and economic factors and requiring special services.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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