We collaborate with a number of dedicated nonprofit, government, NGO and corporate partners—providing us access to a diverse pool of resources and knowledge.
Anthem Foundation has generously provided a US$250,000 grant to LCIF to launch the Lions-Anthem Foundation Healthy Heroes
initiative to help improve the health of communities across the United States. The partnership also supports Lion-led community service projects with Anthem employees to support various local humanitarian projects through “Volunteer Days” in select U.S. cities. The partnership will also support select year-round grant-making to help Lions and their communities promote overall health, wellness and active lifestyles. From positive youth development to empowering individuals with disabilities to become more independent, local grants will be awarded by LCIF to Lions clubs and districts with programs that support improved health outcomes.
To support a Lions’ measles pilot program in four African countries, the Gates Foundation awarded LCIF a grant for US$400,000. LCIF is providing an additional US$300,000, and Lions are managing and implementing the projects. In supporting the pilot program, Lions join the global Measles Initiative, which helped vaccinate 41 million children. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also a primary funder of the Gavi Matching Fund. LCIF successfully fulfilled a commitment made in 2013 to raise US$30 million for the measles initiative by the end of 2017. Upon completion, the US$30 million was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Gavi Matching Fund.
LCIF has awarded The Carter Center more than US$40 million (and other nonprofits US$5.5 million) to prevent onchocerciasis or "river blindness" in Latin America and Africa. The elimination of the disease in Latin America is within reach, and important strides have been made in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. LCIF is also partnering with The Carter Center to battle trachoma in Ethiopia, Mali and Niger.
Johnson & Johnson has awarded LCIF more than US$4 million to help fund Sight for Kids screenings for 26 million children throughout Asia since 2002. The Sight for Kids program involves eye health awareness, education, children's eye and vision screenings and referral access to treatment. The screenings are coordinated by local Lions, Johnson & Johnson staff and local medical personnel.
Since 2011, the NoVo Foundation has awarded LCIF a total of US$850,000 to build the capacity, reach and impact of Lions Quest. As a leading advocate for social and emotional learning programs, NoVo has supported the continued growth and expansion of the Lions Quest program. NoVo funds have been used to revise the Lions Quest curriculum and launch the program district-wide in large school districts in West Virginia and Texas. Data collected from these projects has been used to improve the effectiveness of Lions Quest worldwide.
Since 2014, LCIF has partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to expand Lions Quest in South East Europe and Central America. As an evidence-based program for school prevention, Lions Quest aligns with the methodologies outlined in the UNODC’s International Standards for Drug Use Prevention. LCIF has granted more than $700,000 to pilot Lions Quest in Serbia, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Guatemala; UNODC has mobilized a similar amount. Together, the two organizations have disseminated the data collected from the project at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the Drug Problem.
In 2018, LCIF and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) finalized an agreement for LCIF to join the DEA360 program as a National Partner. The DEA360 program identifies US cities and regions that are being adversely affected by the opioid epidemic and offers a compendium of services. As part of the DEA360 program, LCIF will support target cities by promoting the Lions Quest program in schools, as well as providing capacity-building and technical support to stakeholders in the education, public health, and law enforcement sectors in the targeted areas.
LCIF and Lions clubs are a national Eyes of Hope partner, distributing VSP® Sight for Students® and VSP Mobile Eyes® gift certificates that provide children and adults in need with access to no-cost eye exams and, when prescribed, glasses through VSP providers. Through the partnership, U.S. Lions clubs and their community partners ensure the VSP gift certificates reach persons in need in eight U.S. cities and help provide improved vision and healthy sight.
In 2017, LCI and World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) leaders signed an MOU related to the Sustainable Development Goals (2030 agenda). The partners seek to align their networks and collaborate to raise awareness and advocate around World Diabetes Day (November 14) and the prevention and treatment of diabetes, to reinforce respective strengths though the exchange of infrastructure, partnership and networks, knowledge and expertise, as well as support the implementation of demand-driven and sustainable projects in select low- and middle-income countries.
The Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program began 2001. Since the program's inception, more than 400,000 athletes have been screened and prescription eyewear provided to more than 175,000 athletes. To date, LCIF has awarded more than US$23 million to Special Olympics for activities that include Opening Eyes, family health forums, healthy hearing and inclusive sports.
LCIF partners with the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide strategic advice and direction to the SightFirst program. LCIF also works with WHO on the Project for the Elimination of Avoidable Childhood Blindness, a global effort that has established 54 needs-based Lions eye care centers in 30 countries all over the globe, aimed at delivering preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative eye care services. A total of 131 million children have benefitted from this partnership. The two organizations have further joined together to develop a tool to assess both management of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in countries and to estimate the level of cooperation and synergy between these two branches of health care.