LCIF is Invested in Humanity. The Foundation plans to raise $50 million annually in the fight against measles and other challenges facing the world. A Nepalese health care worker provides a life-saving measles-rubella vaccination. “ Together with our partners, we have prevented millions of measles deaths.” JOE PRESTON 2015-16 LCIF Chairperson LCIF is raising the stakes. And we’re doing it at a time when the need couldn’t be greater. For nearly 50 years, the Foundation has supported the life-changing work of Lions, serving some of the most vulnerable people and the neediest places on earth. Now, as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2018, we have set a goal of raising $50 million a year. We know the goal is challenging, but it will position Lions for even greater impact in our communities and our world. We can fund more vision screenings and clean water systems, build more clinics and rebuild more communities when disaster strikes. We can do more in the fight against measles, a preventable disease that takes the lives of 300 children a day. That’s why the Foundation is mobilizing Lions and working with global partners like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Gates Foundation to end the epidemic. With an estimated 17.1 million deaths prevented from 2000 to 2014, we know Lions are making a real diff erence. The Foundation wants to do more because global needs are growing. In 2015-16, LCIF raised $39.5 million, but awarded $45 million in grants. And Lions are launching a new global service framework that will require the Foundation’s support. It will take increased funding to keep pace with the growing demand for service. Through the support of Lions, LCIF can reach its $50 million goal and bring more hope to the world. Keep reading to find out how we’re already doing just that. We are proving Kindness Matters. LCIF is helping more people than ever before. Humanitarian Help Hour after hour Mary Ndundo (photo), a middle-aged seamstress, bends over her sewing machine in Nairobi. She lives and works in Kibera, Kenya’s notorious slum. Since she received a small loan thanks to LCIF and Lions, her business has taken off . She is sewing batches of tracksuits and sweaters for schoolchildren, and her landlord has expanded her shop. Ndundo is one of many women now better able to provide for their struggling families because of an LCIF microenterprise project. Small loans enable the women to purchase supplies and equipment to start or expand businesses. Nurturing Youth “OK, all of you are going to the principal’s office.” That’s what Leah Roberts told her 7th-grade writing class. But the students were sent out of the room not for misbehaving but to receive praise for commendable conduct. A shy student, reluctant to share his writing, had been encouraged by classmates, who chanted his name. After Roberts read aloud what he wrote, there was “not a single snicker—only praise.” That kind of positive behavior has been part of the classrooms at Wayside Middle School (photo) near Fort Worth in Texas since it implemented Lions Quest, LCIF’s social and emotional learning program. Lions Quest has trained more than 600,000 educators. See how Lions are giving students around the world the skills for life through Lions Quest. Saving Sight In El Salvador, an impoverished nation terrorized by violent gangs, parents whose children have vision problems often have nowhere to turn. Health care resources are poor or nonexistent. The Benjamin Bloom National Children’s Hospital in San Salvador is the nation’s sole public hospital dedicated to children. But thanks to LCIF and Lions children in El Salvador are finally getting their vision fixed (photo). The Lions of District D 2 in El Salvador received a Sight First grant for US$53,601 to expand the National Program for Pediatric Low Vision at Benjamin Bloom. The grant facilitated infrastructure upgrades and human resource training for 28 eye care professionals. Through LCIF, Lions save sight in El Salvador and around the world. Providing Disaster Relief Typhoon Soudelor devastated the Western Pacifi c region and claimed dozens of lives in the summer of 2015. Millions of families were left without water, electricity or shelter. LCIF responded immediately with a US$10,000 Emergency grant, awarded to the Lions in Micronesia for relief eff orts in Saipan (photo). A US$200,000 Major Catastrophe grant was awarded to Multiple District 300 Taiwan to assist with both immediate needs and longterm reconstruction. When a disaster strikes and makes the news, Lions want to help. LCIF gives them that opportunity. “When I see someone that’s been devastated, I just ache for them. And I want to do as much as I possibly can for them,” says donor Lion Terri Oster of the West Hempstead Lions Club in New York. And we can do even more with your help. Make your contribution today. //LCIF.org/donate A mother waits with her child for a vital measles-rubella vaccination. “LCIF could not accomplish any of these feats without the commitment of Lions around the world. Give careful consideration to how you and your club will continue to make dreams come true in the future.” JOE PRESTON 2015-16 LCIF Chairperson Read the full letter and LCIF annual report. Hope is Within Our Reach It starts with achieving our $50 million goal Each person and family in need motivates us to keep pushing forward toward this goal. And each act of kindness and every dollar matters when you’re investing in hope. Because it isn’t always easy to come by when people are struggling. But through the eff orts of Lions and LCIF, hope can be restored. The numbers prove it. In 2015-16, the Foundation impacted the lives of more than 44 million people, undertaking large-scale projects that lead to healthier communities, brighter futures, and lasting hope. That’s why LCIF matters. What’s more, LCIF is truly your Foundation. Every dollar fl ows back into our communities through the eff ort of Lions. And each dollar is spent where it will have the most impact and managed with full transparency. Not surprisingly, our Foundation has received a four-star rating—the highest awarded— from Charity Navigator for six consecutive years. It’s true, raising $50 million a year is ambitious, especially in an age when donations are decreasing and engagement in volunteer organizations is waning. That’s $10 million more than the Foundation raised in 2015- 2016. Achieving that goal will require renewed commitment, compassion and exceptional generosity. But most of all, it will take all of us—all 1.4 million Lions—joining together, ever mindful of the lives we change through service, never forgetting the joy that comes from helping others and the smiles that greet our helping hands. With LCIF supporting the work of Lions, and Lions supporting LCIF, there’s really no limit to how much hope we can restore to the world. Every $10 matters. We can vaccinate 10 children or feed a family after a natural disaster. So give today! // LCIF.org/donate Extra Digital Content Watch Bill Gates 2015 message to Lions on the importance of vaccines and supporting LCIF's fight against measles. Watch this special Centennial video to learn more about the history and global impact of Your Foundation.
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