Philanthropy and Service

Fundraisers     Foundation     Service Projects     Youth Programs     Division 3     Capital District     Kiwanis International

Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation

Through our charitable arm, the Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, we support more than a dozen children-serving organizations and activities in Montgomery County with grants totaling more than $40,000 per year.

Click here to view a list of organizations and activities we support.

Service Projects

 

Throughout the year, we participate in numerous hands-on projects that serve the needs of children in the Bethesda community.

Click here to view a list of service projects in which we participate.

Youth Programs

 

We sponsor Key Clubs at Walter Johnson High School, Walt Whitman High School and Montgomery Blair High School, and we provide scholarships based on an annual essay contest.  In addition, we sponsor the Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation program intended to cultivate student leaders. Fifteen students are selected each year to participate in leadership training in the community.  Finally, we contribute to numerous other youth service projects throughout the year, which may include: purchase of supplies necessary to serve meals at NIH's Children's Inn, supporting the Miracle League of Montgomery County in their spring and fall seasons, sponsoring youth in walkathons and other fundraisers, and sponsoring youth in the new Kiwanis Key Leader program.

 

Click here to view more information about our youth programs.

Kiwanis Division 3

 

As part of Division 3 of Kiwanis International's Capital District, the following 12 clubs are included:

 

Bethesda

Calvert County

Charles County

La Plata

Leisure World

Montgomery Village

Olney

Rockville

St. Mary's County

Waldorf

Wheaton/Silver Spring

 

Kiwanis Capital District

 

As part of Kiwanis International's Capital District, our club helps to support the 8 pediatric trauma hospitals in the Capital District.  The Capital District includes all of the Kiwanis clubs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

Kiwanis International

 

As part of Kiwanis International, our club has helped in the $75 million effort to eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disorder, the leading cause of preventable mental retardation.  The Capital District Kiwanis clubs contributed more than $1.5 million toward this effort.