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Highlights from the October 2016 board meeting

Nov 10, 2016

Kiwanis Children's Fund Board 2016 - 2017

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund Board of Trustees met in Indianapolis last month. During its first meeting of the 2016–17 year, the board developed and implemented strategies to grow and improve the organization.
Here is a quick review of the committee meetings and board decisions:

  • Beginning October 25, 2016, the Kiwanis International Foundation started doing business as the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Learn more about the reasons for the change. The board reaffirmed that our four areas of focus will be: healthy children, educated children, leadership development and priority children’s issues.
  • To improve grantmaking strategies, the Grants Committee approved changes to the club grant program. There will be one grant cycle during the 2016–17 year. This will allow  the Children’s Fund to build the new grant program so that it aligns with the I-Plan—and helps the Kiwanis family serve more children.
  • Another change approved by the Grants Committee was to increase district grants from five to 15 percent. This change will be implemented in October 2017. The 15 percent will be calculated by the total unrestricted gifts in 2016–17 received from within each district.
  • The Grants Committee approved the release of funding from the Youth Opportunities Fund for a Key Club International initiative called Breakthrough.
  • The Development Committee reported that the staff is in the process of creating customized plans for each district to promote fundraising for The Eliminate Project. Among the districts with pledges, there is approximately US$16 million of uncommitted funds. The support of the trustees and district leaders will be imperative as these districts work to close this gap.
  • The Development Committee and staff are building plans to build a tiered volunteer leadership structure that resembles that of The Eliminate Project over the next three years. The first roles to be filled will be leadership at the regional level.
  • To enhance full transparency of the board appointment process, the Nominating Committee will create a skills matrix to evaluate potential candidates. They also discussed designating  one seat on the board to be awarded to a high fundraising district. This will be determined by a point system. More details about this opportunity will be shared as logistics are finalized and approved.
  • The Performance Assessment Committee completed a survey to evaluate the board’s success and impact in fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of the Children’s Fund. The report summarizing the survey results was approved by the board.
Complete minutes from the board meeting are available here.