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Meeting the needs of a community or agency requires some research and effective projects. This could be a fundraising project to support an agency’s needs, planting flowers at a nursing home or making cards for sick children. Whatever service or fundraising projects a club chooses, there are many resources to help.


Service Leadership: Leading by helping others

Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time.

We define service leadership as a vital step in service learning. Once a person fully understands the concept of learning by helping others, he or she begins to grow personally as a leader.

The service leadership concept is based on the philosophy of “servant leadership,” a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf to define a leader who is servant first. “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first,” Greenleaf wrote. “Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.”

Community service resources

Philosophy of Servant Leadership

Aktion Club Service Initiative: Sleeping Children Around the World 

Watch these videos and learn what other Aktion Clubs are doing 

Review this scrapbook to learn about other awesome projects


Teaching members the importance of philanthropy and giving back to the community is another aspect of service. Hosting a fundraiser is a way for members to participate in a philanthropic activity-and have fun doing it. Clubs can plan, organize and execute a fundraiser to help a local charity, a Kiwanis preferred charity, to cover some of the club’s expenses or to support the Kiwanis Children’s Fund’s efforts.

To have a successful year in fundraising, consider organizing a committee and appointing a committee chairman. This allows a team of club members to devote its attention to developing and carrying out fundraising projects.

The fundraising process

  • Define a purpose. Will the money go toward club expenses? Which charity or organization will benefit?
  • Set a budget and goal. How much money do you want to raise? What supplies and other expenses will you need to account for in your budget?
  • Identify the audience. Who will buy what you are selling? How can you best reach them?
  • Set a timeline and deadlines. When will the fundraiser be held? When will you need to start advertising? When will you need to nail down the event logistics?
  • Assign responsibilities to club members. Who will be in charge of sponsorships? Who will take the lead on advertising? Who is in charge of getting supplies and taking the lead at the event? How many members and parents are going to be working the event?
  • Get donations. What will you need for your event? Are there any local merchants who might be willing to donate to this fundraiser? Will the sponsoring Kiwanis club be interested in this cause and be willing to help get donations and supplies?
  • Advertise. Where can you hang fliers to attract buyers? How can you use social media to get the word out about the fundraiser?
  • Execute. Who is bringing the supplies to the event? Who is the main contact for the event?
  • Thank everyone. A successful fundraiser only works if everyone helps!
  • Track your earnings and success. Report to your club, the sponsoring Kiwanis club and the school on how much you raised from the fundraiser, how the funds will be used and how the event went.

Looking for some ideas for a fantastic fundraiser? Here are some to get you started.

Talent show
Host a talent show at your facility. It can be a organization-wide event in which everyone is invited to participate. Incorporate a television show theme, recruit fun judges and award prizes at the end. Be sure to check with your facility administrator for approval.

Miracle mile of quarters
Determine the cause that will receive the funds donated and advertise the project. Make paper quarters or use tokens to represent each 25 cents donated. Create a line of paper quarters or tokens, starting at one end of the facility making its way to the other end of the building. Be sure to tell everyone the goal for the project and the end date. This is an easy project to do on an ongoing basis.

Pancake breakfast
Reserve the facility cafeteria to serve a pancake breakfast on a weekend. Sell tickets ahead of time and advertise early. This can be a high profit fundraiser and is a great event to work together with the sponsoring Kiwanis club or local Kiwanis-family clubs. Be sure to check with your facility administrator for approval.