The Capital District has been impacted by Natural Disaster over the years. Not as severe as the lower states with hurricanes, the Midwest with tornadoes, or the West Coast with forest fires. However, we have had devastating flooding in Ellicott City and Southwest Virginia. Tornadoes in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Hurricanes that have affected our east coast areas. And ice storms that have affected our entire District. We never know when areas served by our Capital District clubs will be affected again.
Task Force was created as follows:
A Disaster Assistance Project was established jointly by the Capital District Kiwanis and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation to assist Kiwanians, their clubs, and their communities in providing immediate disaster relief assistance in the event of natural or man-made disasters (Natural disasters include events that cause great damage or loss of life, such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Man-made disasters include local events owing to human intent, error, negligence, or failure of a man-made system that cause significant damage or loss of life, such as fires, shootings, and major accidents.) declared by Federal/State/Local Authorities or by the Capital District Governor or Foundation President. To assist clubs in this endeavor, the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation will make available funds to clubs from donations received dedicated to Disaster Relief.
Operating: The initial operating impact was the creation of a joint Task Force of the Capital District Kiwanis and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation appointed by the District Governor
and Foundation President. Members of the Task Force will be no less than 2 or more than 3 current Board members of the respective organizations. The purpose of the Task Force is to administer the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation Disaster Assistance Program (DAP). They are also charged with determining how CDKF funds will be impacted.
Financial: There has been no financial impact to the Capital District Kiwanis. The intent of the program is to provide a means for clubs, individual Kiwanians, and others to make tax deductible financial donations to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. The CDKF will have the option of providing additional funding for this program as matching the donations or simply use the donated funds for the Project. As indicated above, this will be a charge to the Task Force. Currently, the DAP has $9,250.00 donated by individuals specifically for the Hurley, VA flooding.
Technology, busy schedules, demanding jobs, and the Coronavirus pandemic have changed the way our society now shops. We no longer need to go into a brick-and-mortar store within a specified range of hours. People all over the globe have become accustomed to searching the internet, buying online with the ease of direct shipping, and shopping at any time of the day that fits within their schedule. Shopping has become easy, but supporting community organizations and charities has also become easier than ever through AmazonSmile!
AmazonSmile allows customers to support charitable organizations every time they shop through the Amazon platform with no additional steps or cost. Amazon donates 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to the charity of one’s choice – it’s a win-win for everyone! Unbelievably, all the approved United States charities participating in AmazonSmile have received a cumulative total of $285,795,312.80 as of August 2021.
The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is an approved organization that participates in the AmazonSmile program. To support the Foundation with your online purchases throughout the year, you need to designate us as your preferred charity. As of August 2021, the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation has raised $40.15 through AmazonSmile thanks to the generosity of many individuals.
If you would like to assist the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation in raising money to improve the lives of children in our local communities, please go to smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7226256.
Have you heard of GivingTuesday? Many organizations use this day as a day to promote and ask people to donate to their organization financially. BUT Giving Tuesday is so much more than just giving to an organization financially.
As stated on the Giving Tuesday website, “GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.”
Here are just a few ways you participate in #GivingTuesday for the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation:
Other ways you can participate in #GivingTuesday:
However you participate in #GivingTuesday, please share with us so that we can celebrate you and thank you for participating in #GivingTuesday.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday, you can go to this website https://www.givingtuesday.org/
The Kiwanis Foundation has recently paid it forward by awarding three Kiwanis Clubs a grant which they will use to directly provide service to their community, all for the betterment of children. The Board of Directors gathered on Saturday, November 13th to review the applicants and make award decisions. We are pleased to announce the following three clubs and the ways they will impact their community through service:
Kiwanis Club of Beckley, West Virginia
We are excited to have West Virginia join the Capital District this year and we were even more excited they followed through with their first opportunity to apply for a grant! The Beckley club requested funds to purchase a xylophone and other instruments for the New River Youth Symphony. Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Beckley donates funds to help with the purchase of instruments and equipment, as well as help provide scholarships to facilitate the participation of students with financial needs. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $1,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Beckley, West Virginia!
Kiwanis Club of Front Royal
The Front Royal club submitted a grant to purchase playground equipment for E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. The purchase of the equipment will replace outdated and unsafe playground equipment, which will in turn increase opportunities for children to be social during their recess and play times. The Kiwanis club has a long-standing partnership with the Elementary School which has been a win-win for the community. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $2,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Front Royal!
Kiwanis Club of Carrollton
The Carrollton club annually plans and executes a terrific opportunity for kids in their community known as the Southeast Region Kiwanis Fishing Clinic! They bring together several Kiwanis club in their area and provide an opportunity for 8–12 year old children to have the experience and joy of fishing. Attendees are also educated on the species of fish in the area, as well as water safety. We are excited to see this project continue as it has for the last 20 years, with many Kiwanis members from three divisions providing support. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $3,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Carrollton!
We will be sharing more about these projects as they come to completion, including pictures and videos, in hopes it will encourage your clubs to submit a grant application! We hope it will inspire your club and members to think of projects you could complete in your community, as Kiwanis strives to change the world one child, and one community at a time. If you would like information on the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation grants process, the funding cycle, or to complete an application, please visit our website at https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-grants/
The former West Virginia District Kiwanians are very excited to be joining the Capital Kiwanis District, especially with respect to how our combined efforts through the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation can positively affect all of our communities.
The West Virginia District Foundation had a matching grant program which operated in a similar manner to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation’s grant program. The West Virginia District Foundation awarded its final round of grants at its last Kiwanis District annual meeting in August. Six Kiwanis clubs were awarded matching grants for worthwhile projects in their communities, some of which were projects the clubs had supported for a number of years.
Kiwanians in West Virginia look forward to continuing Foundation matching grant-funded programs like these in the future, and learning about the projects carried out by Kiwanians in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Our combined efforts will increase the ways in which we can improve the world, one child and community at a time!
As you know, October is the beginning of the new Kiwanis year and that means we have some new faces joining the CDKF board. Join me in welcoming them and let’s hi to those already on the board as well.
Jennifer Wolff, Governor-elect of the Kiwanis Capital District, joined Kiwanis because she wanted to give back to the organization that gave her so much as a CKIer. A fun fact is that she was a championship Irish dancer. This year she is looking forward to seeing more positive changes when it comes to modernizing the way the foundation runs and solicits giving, plus celebrating the 50th!
Bob Wright, Director for Division 2
Kenneth Watter, Director for Division 3
Susan Vona, Director for Division 7
TBD, Director for Division 9
Ed C. Daley, Director for Division 10
TBD, Director for Division 11
Mike Dasovich, Director for Division 12
Hiawatha Nicely, Director for Division 15
John Lentz, Director for Division 16
Patty Miser, Director for Division 18
By: Bob Wright, President-Elect
Looking for a way to show your commitment to Kiwanis in our district all year long?
Sustained (or annual or recurring) giving could be for you!
What is sustained giving, and why did our Capital District Kiwanis Foundation initiate a program recently?
It began when the board realized that those of us who believe deeply in what our district foundation does didn’t have a way to demonstrate that commitment and make regular micro donations to support the foundation’s many good works.
For a little money each month I help ensure our foundation has a steady stream of contributions to match our year-round philanthropy. I skip a trip to a coffee shop, a bite at a fast-food restaurant, or a movie, and send the equivalent amount to our foundation instead. It’s not much by itself, but when combined with the small monthly donations of other Capital Kiwanians, like you, over the course of a year it adds up. And, in time It will enable the foundation to do even more to serve children in our communities.
I charge my small donations to a credit card and set up recurring payments. That way I don’t worry about forgetting to share my treasure with those in need, especially children.
I feel a sense of pride each time I donate to our foundation.
If you aren’t familiar with all the good our foundation does, check out its pages on the district website. See where all our money goes. Then think about whether an affordable sustaining gift is right for you too.
A child in need is deserving indeed. Sustained giving helps our foundation do more and more for them.
By: Ed Daley, President, Capital District Kiwanis Foundation
Thank you for supporting the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. Our mission is to support local Kiwanis Clubs as they work to improve the lives of children in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Because of your contributions we support these clubs in a variety of ways:
Grants to local clubs
Gift to hospitals with pediatric trauma centers
The really big news at CDKF is two-fold. Past Capital District Kiwanis Governor, Dennis Baugh formed a committee with CDKF President, Mike Dasovich to investigate the formation of a Disaster Assistance Fund. This is now a program of the CDKF and will be administered by a committee with three members appointed by the District and three members appointed by CDKF. Funds will be awarded to local Kiwanis Clubs seeking to assist their community when a disaster impacts an area within the Capital District. To apply for funds, a local Kiwanis Club should use the application on the CDKF website.
To contribute to this effort, individuals and organizations can use the form on our website or contact their Division CDKF member. Recent flood damage from Hurricane Ida provides a prime example of how we can use this fund to support fellow Capital District Kiwanians as they work to rebuild their communities.
Parallel to the launching of the Disaster Assistance Fund, we are excited to welcome the West Virginia Kiwanians into the Capital District. As part of this, we have merged the West Virginia Kiwanis and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundations. This merger strengthens all of our Clubs in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Larissa Cason has joined our CDKF Board as Past President of the West Virginia Kiwanis Foundation. Other new members on the Board include Patty Miser, Dr. Rayman Richardson, and David Laraba who will represent our new Divisions 18, 19 and 20 respectively.
Our work is the result of your financial contributions to CDKF in various categories:
One of the many initiatives Past President Mike Dasovich focused on during the past two years was a public relations and communications committee, headed by our web master Jamie Arca and Jennifer Hiscock, focused on increasing CDKF’s visibility. We are launching this blog and our Facebook Live series in culmination of Mike’s initiative and the hard work of the committee. Each week our Foundation Board members and others will be speaking and writing about the activities of the Foundation and our Divisions.
Your CDKF Board of Directors are looking forward to a busy year supporting your efforts at the club level. Please let us know how we can boost your work in local communities.
Greetings, Capital District Kiwanis Members –
It is hard to believe that on October 1st, our clubs will be celebrating the start of another Kiwanis New Year! The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation continues to work hard to complete another successful year in assisting our communities, clubs, and local pediatric trauma centers. Given the work that has occurred over the last three months, we are pleased to provide you with another quarterly update.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped support our 2021 Ducky Derby raffle! The Foundation was able to raise $12,881.00 for pediatric trauma! We did not only meet our goal but we SURPASSED our goal! Our top three winners were $750.00 Cash Prize — Susan Nancanon / Seaford Kiwanis Club / Division 5, $500.00 Cash Prize — Cory Fore / Next Generation e-Kiwanis Club / Division 4, and the $250.00 Cash Prize — Rachel Jacobs / Severna Park Kiwanis Club / Division 4.
As we prepare to end and celebrate the Kiwanis service year, many clubs will think about celebrating their members and club leaders. We hope that you will consider bestowing upon them one of the many Foundation honors that are available including life memberships, the Patron Recognition, President’s Circle, Tablet of Honor, or Founder’s Society. Details can be found on our recognition and contribution form located at https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/01/Recognition-and-Contribution-Form-Updated-11.2020.pdf
While we are preparing to close out this service year, we are looking forward to 2021-2022. As your club’s Board of Directors continues to plan for a successful year of service in your local community, the Foundation encourages you to apply for a grant. The application cycle is open two times per year and applications are due on September 15th (fall cycle) or March 15th (spring cycle). To read the guidelines and complete an online application form, please visit https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-grants/
Have you liked us on Facebook yet? We encourage you to like our page and tune into our new Facebook Live series that will air for the first time on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. For our first episode, join incoming President, Ed Daley to hear about his 2021-2023 goals for the Foundation. The Facebook Live series will air every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. and will be centered on a different aspect of the Foundation, the board, and the District each week.
Donate today to help our children! Become an inaugural supporter of the Foundation’s sustained giving program which is new for 2021-2022! Sustained giving is a way for Kiwanians committed to serving children to have a district-wide impact. In exchange for the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a fast-food drive-through restaurant combo or a dinner out each month, sustainers provide a steady stream of income for the foundation. If you don’t already personally contribute annually to the foundation’s work serving children, now is the time to show your commitment. $5, $10, $20, or whatever you can afford regularly adds up to more services for children—scholarships, pediatric trauma support, meals for the needy, books, club grants, and more. Committing is easy! Follow this link to make a one-time or reoccurring donation: https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_c681dd58-b980-11eb-ab84-0253c981a9f9&WidgetId=164864
As we conclude the 2020-2021 service year and look to the next, please let the Foundation Board of Directors know how we can best serve your clubs, as well as educate our fellow members. The entire board looks forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 continuing to serve our clubs, district, and world!
In Service Together,
The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation 2020-2021 Board
Posted: December 15, 2021 by jarca
by: Bob Wright, President-Elect, CapDist Kiwanis Foundation, December 10, 2021
Are you one of millions of Americans who donate to charity at the end of the year? The holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa bring out our generosity.
You and/or your Kiwanis Club and its Foundation could choose to support the unique work of our district Kiwanis foundation right now. Anyone can make a personal donation; clubs can recognize someone or make a gift, even its annual gift. How?
Our Capital District Kiwanis Foundation makes donating to help serve children in our 5-state area easy.
Give what is meaningful and affordable—that’s my rule of thumb. What Kiwanis does through service is very important to me, ranking near the top of my donations. I give accordingly.
Decide on your amount. Perhaps be recognized at the foundation’s Life Member ($150), Patron ($300), President’s Circle ($500), Founders Society ($1,000) or Tablet of Honor ($1,250) level.
Want to make your donation all at one time? Print the donation form at https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-donation/ and return it with a check to the foundation.
Would you prefer to spread out your donation? Choose sustained giving and donate incremental amounts spread over the next year at https://bit.ly/CDKFsustainer. Be sure you click the “monthly donation” box—you may change the frequency later in the sign-up process.
Helping to further the cause of Kiwanis—serving children—is a reason to celebrate anytime, and especially so during this joyous season. I can’t think of a better gift this holiday season than helping children through our Capital District Kiwanis Foundation!
A child in need is very deserving indeed. Year-end giving helps our foundation do more and more for them.
May your holidays be merry and bright. May your Capital District Kiwanis Foundation donation be the icing on the cake.