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					Lions Clubs International Foundation

     Three Decades of Serving Humanity:
            An Overview of LCIF
            What is LCIF?
• Humanitarian arm of LCI (established1968)
• A nonprofit (501-C3) with tax exempt status
• The only Lions foundation serving the entire
  world and all 1.4 million members
            Primary Service Aims:
           Humanitarian Services
    Eradication of Blindness and Disability
     Disaster Relief and Reconstruction
       Children’s Health and Welfare
 How does LCIF help Lions?

• Helps Lions respond collectively and effectively
  to major global humanitarian concerns
• Enables Lions-to-help-Lions…especially in
  times of calamity and disaster
• Funds projects too big for districts/clubs to do
  on their own
• Develops relevant grant-making initiatives to
  help Lions better serve the world community
• Leverages Lions’ financial support to raise
  funds from a growing number of governments,
  other foundations, and corporations
         LCIF Governance
• LCIF Governance and Advisory Structure:

              Board of Trustees
          LCIF Executive Committee
           LCIF Finance Committee
        SightFirst Advisory Committee
       Lions Quest Advisory Committee

• LCIF earned 4-star rating (highest) from
  Charity Navigator for sound fiscal
  management and very low administrative
             LCIF has come a long way
                 in three decades
  Five major grant programs
addressing a wide range of                 25
humanitarian challenges                    20

                                US $ in
   Grants average $15           Millions
million per year, $35 million
with SightFirst included                   5

                                                94-95 95-96 96-97 97-98 98-99 99-00 00-01 01-02
   More than 20 million                                          Lionistic Year
people are served annually
                                     Standard        Major/Emergency      Intl Assist   Core Four
           Highlights of 2002-2003
Grants = US$31 million awarded for 504
individual grants
Donations = US$18 million
     ALSO in 2002-03:                    25
 Disbursed nearly $2 million for
 Sept.11th victim assistance             15               Grants
 initiatives                             10
 and $3 million to rebuild               5
 earthquake-ravaged areas in
 Gujarat, India                               2002-2003

 Initiated two school-rebuilding
 projects in Afghanistan
                      Highlights of 2002-03:
                    Updates on Grant Awards
SightFirst Grants
•   $14.9 million for 53 projects to fight
    avoidable blindness throughout
    developing world
Standard Grants
•   $5.8million for 133 Lions humanitarian
    service projects in 40+ countries
Emergency Grants
•   157 grants for $1.35 million
Core 4 Grants
•   63 grants for $4.7 million
International Assistance Grants
• 38 grants for $0.5 million
                Highlights of 2002-03:
             Key Program Developments
LCIF acquires Lions Quest (LQ)
• New Lions Quest Dept.
• LQ endorsed as a model drug
  prevention program in USA
• International expansion

Special Olympics-Lions Opening
  Eyes Program extended
• Program will expand to 40 - 50
  countries by 2005
• 40,000 mentally retarded
  persons have benefited
• New training curriculum for
  medical schools will improve
  eye care for mentally retarded
         Highlights of 2002-03:
  Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Initiative

• Hearing impairment affects 250 million people
• Hearing aids too costly for 90% who need them
• LCIF has helped develop world’s most
  affordable hearing aid.
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
• LCIF’s humanitarian impact has grown
  tremendously in last decade
• Partnerships with governments and other
  international funding agencies have created
  new opportunities for LCIF
• Your support of LCIF is critically needed:
  need for support is greater than ever due
  to expanded grant-making role of LCIF

 Core 4                         Int’l Assistance
               LCIF Grant

             Division Manager
SightFirst                        Emergency

  LCIF Grant Programs -- Overview
       (Non-Disaster Grants)
• Standard Grants: Matching grants of up to
  $75,000 for local humanitarian service
  projects. (2 per district)
• Core 4 Grants: Funds special projects in
  eyesight, disability, health, and youth (1 per
  district). Grants up to $200,000.
• SightFirst Grants: Blindness prevention and
  sight restoration projects in neediest areas
• International Assistance Grants: Supports
  club twinning projects; Up to $30,000 (1 per
   Standard Grants
         What are Standard Grants?
 Broadest category of LCIF funding
    133 grants in 02-03 for $5.8 million

 Matching funds up to US$75,000
 Supports larger-scale Lions projects
 Bottom Up: Lions identify/develop projects
     Typical Standard Grant
•Mobile Health Units
•Hospices, Nursing Homes
•Street Children’s Homes
•Medical Units
•Blind and Disabled Welfare
•Eye Clinics and Research
•Schools in Developing
 Standard Grants: Key Criteria
  Funding parameters                    Key Rules:
• Primarily capital funding
                              • Several clubs need to be
only (bricks and mortar)
                              involved (min 2-3)
• Funding is for specific
projects (not general         • Local Lions must raise at
operating support)            least ½ of required local
• Must address important      matching funds
humanitarian need             •Application must be
• Serves a large population   endorsed by district cabinet
• Cost must be beyond local   • Project must have a strong
fundraising capabilities      Lions identity and Lions
• Cost-effectiveness imp.     volunteer involvement
  Standard Grant Project Budgets
   Budget Parameters       • Income
                           •   15 clubs (collected) $12,000
• must show income and     •   District (pledged)         2,000
  expense                  •   Community (collected)        500
                           •                (anticipated) 1,500
• need balanced budget     •   LCIF request              14,000
                           • TOTAL                   28,000
• Lions funding should
  be itemized (# clubs?)   • Expense
                           •   2 vision testers   $11,000
• show status of each      •   1 hearing machine    8,000
  funding source           •   Refurbish exam room 9,000
                           • TOTAL                   28,000
Standard Grant Review and Approval

• Applications due 60 days before board mtg;
  those received early have a faster review
• Staff pre-reviews applications; clarifications
  and changes may be requested
• LCIF Exec. Committee reviews applications
  that meet all preliminary requirements.
• Applications are either approved (sometimes
  with conditions), tabled (pending further
  information) or denied
• LCIF Grant money is not disbursed until local
  funds are collected
                Core 4 Grants
• Narrower focus than Standard grants
• Supports special initiatives under the four
  primary service commitments of Lions:

         Preserving Sight Promoting Health
        Serving Youth Combating Disability

• 1 to 2 funding priorities adopted under each
  of the 4 areas on a rotating basis
• Grants are given on a 3-to-1 matching basis
  in most instances (25% local funding)
          How does Core 4 work?

• Grants can only be awarded to the board-
  designated Core 4 Funding Priorities
• Partnerships often play a key role (e.g.,
  Special Olympics, Habitat, etc)
• Separate grants forms exist for each funding
  priority (Contact LCIF or go to
• Some funding priorities are limited to multiple
  and single districts
• Unlike Standard grants, Core 4 can fund
  some project operating expenses; also local
  monies can be raised over life of project
Current Core 4 Funding Priorities
• Preserving Sight
   Low Vision Projects
   Children’s Eye Photoscreening
• Combating Disability
   Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
   Partnership with Special Olympics “Opening Eyes”
• Promoting Health
   Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
• Serving Youth
   Expansion of Lions-Quest Program
International Assistance Grants (IAG)
 What is an IAG?
 • Smaller grants to support international
   twinning-type projects
 • Need Lions club in at least 2 countries to
   partner (a sponsor and host club)
 • Sponsor club/district raises some funding and
   applies for grant; host club helps implement
 • Grants are between $5,000 and $30,000;
   grants $10,000 and under reviewed
Typical IAG Projects

      • Eyeglass and medical missions
      • Clean water and wells
      • Equipment for Blind and
      Disability Rehab Centers
      • Environmental Protection
      • Rural Development
             Emergency Grants

• LCIF’s first-line response to
disaster situations
• $10,000 available to districts
affected by natural disasters
• Lions purchase supplies to
meet immediate needs:
      food, water
      clothing, bedding
      medicines
      hygiene products
       Regulations for Emergency
•    Disaster must be large in
    scope, displacing or
    affecting many people (50
    or more)
•    LCIF funds Lions-led
    relief activities
•    Grant must be requested
    within days of disaster
•    Funds must be spent
    within 30 days
•   One grant per disaster
Update on SightFirst Program

    Making the world free from
            Why SightFirst?:
           Burden of Blindness
• 45 million blind, 135 million with visual
• 80% preventable or curable
• 90% occurs in developing countries
• Main causes:
   • Cataract
   • Trachoma
   • Onchocerciasis/river blindness
   • Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy & macular degeneration
            What is SightFirst?

• Global blindness prevention
program launched in 1990
• Goal: significantly reduce
preventable and curable blindness
through sustainable and long-term
• $200 million has been raised for
SightFirst, including $144 million
donated by Lions during Campaign
SightFirst has responded in 3
        primary ways:
• Controlling Blinding Diseases
   Hundreds of SightFirst projects are against Cataract,
    River Blindness, Trachoma, Diabetic Retinopathy

• Training Desperately Needed Manpower
   Regional training centers have been developed or
   expanded in S. Asia, Africa, SE Asia and E. Europe

• Strengthening Eye Care Infrastructures
   improving eye care delivery systems in 79 countries
        Overview of SightFirst

• $148 million approved for 625 projects in 79
• Restored sight to 3,401,000 million cataract blind
• Treat 10 million people/yr for river blindness
• Built/expanded 154 eye hospitals
• Upgraded with new equipment and training 296
  eye units
• Trained more than 13,886 eye care workers
• Expanded 5 regional training centers
        SightFirst Highlights:
  Crusade Against Blinding Cataract
SighFirst has made significant
  progress by:
• Organizing mass surgical
  camp campaigns
• Increasing surgical output
  at 250+ eye units
• Training manpower in
  Africa, Asia, Pacific
• Mobilizing Lions in 30+
• Reducing costs for cataract
  surgery – now as low as
       SightFirst Highlights:
     Combating River Blindness
• 17 million infected
• 250 million at risk and needing
Before SightFirst:
• Treatment in 13 countries
• Only 10 million people treated

After SightFirst:
• 11 more countries with
   treatment programs
• 28-30 million treatments yearly
• SF makes possible 1/3 of all
   treatments worldwide
                SightFirst Highlights:
                Combating Trachoma
•   Bacterial infection linked to poverty
    and poor sanitation
•   6-9 million blind, mostly affecting
    mothers and children
Response of SightFirst:
• Large-scale SF projects underway
  in Ethiopia & Sudan treating
  hundreds of thousands.
• SF projects in Mauritania, Senegal
  and Mali are building capacity for
  surgical treatment of trachoma
• Lions are also conducting health
  education, clean water, and
  sanitation initiatives
              SightFirst Highlights:
            New Childhood Blindness Project
• 1.5 million children needlessly
  blind - One goes blind every
• SightFirst approved a US$3.75
  million childhood blindness
  initiative with WHO
        • Project Goals:
• Establish 30 pediatric eye care
  centers worldwide
• Improved treatment for cataract
  and retinal diseases in children
• Train 6000 eye health workers in
  25+ countries in primary eye care
 SightFirst Future Challenges
• Diabetic retinopathy now a major problem
  worldwide – SF has pilot projects under way
  in 5 countries
• More initiatives against trachoma are needed
• River blindness treatment programs need to
  continue for possibly another 10 years
• Rising life expectancy is increasing rate of
  blindness in many regions
• Still many under-served regions – e.g.,
  Central Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan
    “We Serve” So Others May See
SightFirst Partnering
World Health Organization
The Carter Center
IAPB-Vision 2020
Merck and Co.
Pfizer   Eli Lilly
International Trachoma
Initiative (ITI)
Governments and Ministries
of Health
Numerous NGOs
Your Role as a Lion

  What Can You Do
  To Support LCIF?
LCIF Strives For Financial Efficiency

How are Lions donations used?
• 100% of donations are used to fund grants – 75% of
  donations from each year are used for grants the
  next year; the 25% balance is placed in short-term
  reserve to fund grants in years when donations are
  below $10 million or investment returns are negative.

• All LCIF administrative expenses are paid from
  interest income or reserves. Administration costs are
  kept very low – a 10.7 percent average over the last
  10 years

• LCIF reserve funds are prudently invested to allow for
  increased future grant making.
        LCIF Strives for Program
• Grant applications are reviewed by
  technically trained staff and advisors
• Technical partnerships with WHO and others
  provide quality
• LCIF staff and trustee members inspect and
  follow-up on many projects
• Grant initiatives and programs are developed
  with a goal of maximizing Lions’ humanitarian
• LCIF grants are often leveraged against local
  funding and other funding sources to ensure
  sustainability of projects
            Did you know?
  Facts About LCIF Donations Sources
• 95 percent of LCIF donations come
  voluntarily from Lions – either from
  individuals, clubs or districts.
• But there are surprisingly some clubs that
  have never supported LCIF
• LCIF receives only about 2% of Lions’ global
  donations in a given year (based upon A1
• LCIF has been working hard to raise
  donations from corporations, foundations,
  and governments
   Why increased donations are needed?

          1995/96   1997/98   1999/00   2001/02

      Grants awards and demand for LCIF funding
          now exceeding donations received
 Impact of a donation to LCIF
• A donation to LCIF can:
  US$20 - provide for a cataract surgery in
   Africa & South Asia
  US$50 - support diabetic retinopathy eye
   exam in developing countries
  US$100 - provide low vision eye exam &
   glasses in the industrialized world
  US$1,000 - treat 1,000 individuals in Africa
   for river blindness
  LCIF Donor Recognition

      Melvin Jones Fellowship
Initial and Progressive US$1000
              or higher
  • Contributing Membership (3
     levels) US$20, $50, $100
      • LCIF Legacy Program
  Donation to LCIF through gift
 annuities, stocks and bequests
    Melvin Jones Fellowships
         What to know?
• MJF Donations support Grant Programs
• 70% of all LCIF donations
• MJF Donations cannot be restricted unless Board
• Recipient can be named later
• Partial payments possible - $100 min.
• Memorial MJFs
• 100% MJF Club Banner when all
members become MJF
       Contributing Memberships
            What to know?
• Annual Program
• New pin each year
• 3 Levels of Support for LCIF
   Basic - US$20
   Silver - US$50
   Gold - US$100

• Entire clubs can easily become LCIF
  Contributing Members – cost of a dinner out
• 100% clubs receive club banner patch for that
 New Way To Support Your Foundation:
• LEGACY PROGRAM offers new “Planned
  Giving” options that allow you to support LCIF
  through estate plans and annuities…often
  with tax benefits.
• LCIF Charitable Gift Annuities give a
  guaranteed investment return for life, with the
  principle coming to LCIF upon death
• Information on Legacy program at LCIF
  exhibit booth
  How to Track Donation Activities?
  Donation Reports Issued by LCIF
• Each quarter, LCIF issues reports to
  each District Governor and District LCIF
  Chairman showing:
  Donations processed during the past
   quarter from district
  Clubs in a district with available donations
   towards future Melvin Jones Fellows
  List of all Melvin Jones Fellows in district
Promoting LCIF During Club Meetings

• Preparation:
    Check club’s donation history and any current balances
     towards next MJF and un-named MJFs
    Check web site for a story or program update about LCIF to
     share with club
• Ideas to promote LCIF donation and pride in club
    Encourage a tradition of honoring outgoing president with
     MJF or honor an important public figure
    For clubs with limited resources, challenge them to become
     a 100% contributing member club
    Educate the club about LCIF: Show the new LCIF video or
     use materials from new LCIF 2003-04 CD Rom
             Need more info?
  Publications, Presentations & Reports
 Visit and for grant
  publications and other brochures;
  program updates
 Other videos available for order
 Brochures in all official languages
 Email: for
  reports on donations and grants
  by district
 Provide your email address to
  receive Chairperson’s new
  electronic newsletter

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