Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) recently surpassed the US$1 billion milestone in grants awarded for global humanitarian service.
Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals throughout the world, awarding more than US$1 billion in the four focus areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and humanitarian efforts.
In 1972, what seemed like routine flood warnings to the community of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, soon turned into ravaging floods that took the lives of more than 200 people and left more than 5,000 homeless. LCIF awarded its first grant to help the community of Rapid City rebuild, and Lions quickly got to work providing relief supplies in the wake of this catastrophic event. LCIF’s legacy was born: providing local Lions with the assistance they need to improve the lives of people within their communities.