Why Have a Foundation?
Because the Foundation relies primarily on accrued interest to support its programs, having a Foundation gives you a way to provide a perpetual legacy to the benefit of the children, youth, and sponsored youth of the Pacific Northwest. As a result of significant club and individual contributions, Foundation assets as of September 30, 2015, exceeded $824,000 US; prudent investments generated more than $395,000 in income since 2008.
What Programs Does the Foundation Support?
Each year the Foundation provides almost $20,000 to $30,000 US for scholarships and grants for sponsored youth members in the Pacific Northwest. Additional funds are available for other grants benefiting children and youth in the Pacific Northwest; Kiwanis clubs are welcome to apply for these grants.
Who are the Members of the Foundation?
All members of Kiwanis clubs in the Pacific Northwest are automatically members of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation. As described in Article II of the bylaws, "The membership in this Foundation shall be limited to, and shall consist of, all the active members in good standing of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International."
Who Manages the Foundation?
The Foundation Board consists of 22 directors. Each year, 11 board members are elected to serve a two-year term by the Foundation Members through their elected representatives (the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis District Board). No Director shall serve more than three (3) consecutive two-year terms in office, except the Treasurer and Secretary with the consent of the Board. The Secretary is nominated annually by the President and confirmed the Board of Directors. All Directors must be confirmed/approved by the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis District Board. Directors come from throughout the Pacific Northwest (see the Board page for a list of Board members).
The Foundation Executive Committee consists of a President, Vice-President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President, all of whom are also directors. All other Board positions except Secretary and Treasurer are two-year positions. All are elected by the Foundation Board. The President, President-Elect and Vice President each shall serve for one (1) year in their respective office.
When Does the Board Meet?
The Board typically meets three or four times a year, usually in Washington or Oregon. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the meeting at which a slate of officers and directors is selected for approval by the Kiwanis District Board. The AGM is held in August at the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis District Convention, the location of which changes each year.
To find out when the next Board meeting will be held, please contact the Foundation secretary.
How Can I Serve on the Board of Directors?
If you are interested in serving on the Board, please fill out this expression of interest form.