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Service Clubs or Civic Organizations Providing Local Funding

This page provides links to a number of service clubs or civic organizations which provide local community support and include philanthropy among their activities.

Civitan International

Local Civitan groups support a wide range of community service activities. The Civitan International Foundation also supports programs which assist children and persons with developmental disabilities.

Elks of the United States

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) dispenses millions of dollars annually by way of its philanthropic works. The organization has about 1 million members and more than 2,000 lodges throughout the US. Its programs include veterans' events, athletic programs (Little League, Special Olympics), patriotic events (Flag Day, constitutional awareness raising), drug education (schools, doctor offices, hospitals), youth programs (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts), and other community service.

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Jaycees (Michigan)

Michigan Jaycees is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 21 and 40. Members improve their leadership and management skills by running projects in the community, while networking with like-minded individuals along the way. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.

Kiwanis International

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more.

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International Foundation supports the humanitarian work of Lions clubs. Lions tackle global problems (such as blindness and hearing loss) and respond to major catastrophes (like earthquakes and floods). But LCIF also helps Lions serve their local communities by partnering with them to build schools, health clinics and vocational training centers for the disabled.

Masonic Clubs of Michigan

Individual Masonic Clubs throughout Michigan can request scholarships from the Masonic Foundation of Michigan for individuals up to $750. They also often make contributions to local charities with matching funds from:
  • The Masonic Foundation of Michigan, Inc.,
    1204 Wright Ave., Alma, MI 48801.
    Telephone: (989) 966-4440
    E-mail: mmhcf@masonichome.com

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Rotary International Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major humanitarian programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people.

Shriners of North America

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals, which treats children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate at no charge—regardless of financial need.

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