Friday, February 22, 2008

Do You Know About LCIF?

At our February 21st meeting, Past District Governor Jack Binstead came to visit, and speak about LCIF. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is set up as the philanthropy arm of Lions Clubs International.

Causes that have been donated to by LCIF include tsunami relief, hurricane relief (ex: Katrina), earthquake relief, as well as many causes domestically, including flood relief within Pennsylvania.

So far, LCIF has donated over $12 million to tsunami relief. Over the course of the next ten years, this figure is estimated to reach over $60 million. 100% of LCIF donations reach their intended causes. The reasons for this are twofold. First, other charities like the Red Cross must pay their workers. All LCIF workers are volunteers, and are never paid. Second, all operating expenses for the LCIF organization are paid through dues, never through donations given to LCIF. Other charities like the Red Cross cannot say the same.

In Indonesia alone, LCIF has funded the construction of over 3,000 homes for those devastated by the tsunami.

LCIF's contributions to causes within Pennsylvania more than double what Pennsylvania Lions Clubs donate to LCIF. PDG Binstead urged us and all Lions Clubs to contribute to the LCIF cause. When contributing to LCIF, you can earmark your donations for specific causes, like tsunami or Katrina relief.

** CLICK TO READ ABOUT LCIF **

** CLICK TO READ ABOUT LCIF KATRINA RELIEF **

** CLICK TO READ ABOUT OTHER LCIF EFFORTS **

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