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The Company We Keep

Just as LCIF helps Lions enhance their service, our valued partners and affiliates help us increase our ability to give. We work strategically with some of the world’s finest organizations, in an effort to maximize our capacity and funding. This means we can better support our Lions so they can serve even more people.

 

Our Partners

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
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.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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.
The Carter Center
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 Vision
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.
NoVo Foundation
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. 
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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. 
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
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. 
VSP Global® Eyes of Hope®
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.
World Diabetes Foundation
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.
Special Olympics International
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.
World Health Organization
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.  

 

 

Our Affiliations

We team up with organizations and institutions that are experts in their respective fields. Together, we are able to work toward our shared goals more effectively.

 

Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is proudly partnering with the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust. The partnership is called the Lions Clubs International Foundation/Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust Humanitarian Initiative Partnership and endeavors to support humanitarian service projects in areas such as sight, youth, disaster relief and measles. Along with funds from LCIF, the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust is making donations toward the partnership to support projects around the world. These generous donations mean that LCIF can lend a helping hand to more people and communities in need.

Several of the current partnership projects include:

  • Expanding an elementary school in Cambodia
  • Upgrading an elementary school in Myanmar
  • Expanding a primary school in Togo
  • Constructing  a senior center at Chicago Lighthouse in the USA
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence has been listed on CASEL Guide for Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs – Middle and High School Edition. This rating is awarded in recognition of Lions Quest's excellence in three areas recommended by CASEL as the most important starting points for program selection—Outstanding SEL Instruction, Evidence of Effectiveness and Outstanding Professional Development.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
In 2009, LCIF began a partnership with CADCA in an effort to increase collaboration between community coalitions and Lions clubs members to help create safer, healthier and drug-free communities. Together, LCIF and CADCA are committed to developing strategies to reduce drug use and its associated negative consequences.
The Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
ICEVI is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential. LCIF is a member of ICEVI.
Global Foodbanking Network (GFN)
GFN supports the largest nongovernmental network devoted to fighting hunger and is the only private sector network operating at the global level. GFN encourages collaborations in creating and supporting food banks and food bank networks. This provides opportunities for Lions to work with local GFN affiliates and resources.
InterAction
LCIF is a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long-term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture. Members are at the forefront in responding to humanitarian crises and disasters worldwide, and InterAction acts as a hub in these efforts.
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
IAPB works to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and nongovernmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programs. LCIF holds a seat on the IAPB Board of Trustees and is one of more than 148 member organizations of IAPB.
National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR)
NAEVR is an affiliated nonprofit organization of the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and carries out advocacy activities of the coalition. NAEVR's goal is to achieve the best eye and vision care for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI) and other federal research entities. LCIF is a member organization of NAEVR.
Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA)
LCIF supports OEPA, a regional initiative that works to end illness and the transmission of river blindness in six endemic countries in the Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela. As a result of health education and Mectizan® distribution, there are no new cases of blindness attributable to river blindness. To date, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico have achieved elimination of river blindness.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Lions Quest’s middle and high school programs, Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action, are listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, a service of SAMHSA. Lions Quest is rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.
The World Blind Union (WBU)
WBU is an internationally-recognized umbrella organization, representing the interests of about 285 million blind and partially-sighted persons in 190 member countries. Speaking with a universal voice on a global level, WBU brings together major national and international organizations of blind persons and those providing services to them. LCIF is an International-level member of WBU. 
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
UNGC and Lions are collaborating to promote cooperation between local Lions clubs and Global Compact Local Networks to harness the power of business in responding to the challenges and opportunities of globalization. Three pilot projects are taking place in Sri Lanka, Brazil and Kenya, with the goal of addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals.