Pittsburgh Kiwanis

Who We Are

Object of Kiwanis International

-To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

-To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

-To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

-To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

-To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.

-To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

Facts About Kiwanis

Kiwanis was organized in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on January 21, 1915.

Kiwanis focuses on the needs of ordinary people and children to create extraordinary life-changing moments.

Kiwanis and its Service Leadership Programs boast a membership of more than 600,000 men, women, and youth in nearly 16,000 clubs in more than 70 countries and geographic areas.

Members of Kiwanis and its Service Leadership Programs volunteer more than 21 million hours and invest more than $113 million in their communities around the world.

Kiwanis is taking itself from a good organization to a truly great organization that defines excellence for service and leadership and builds leaders through service opportunities.

Kiwanis International is the only service organization that builds leaders at every level—from the youngest Kiwanis Kids all the way through several youth programs and adult programs. (Kiwanis Family of Programs)

Kiwanis’ impact on the world will be measured by the 10 million young leaders it nurtures, rather than by the number of members it attracts.

Kiwanis continues its service emphasis of “Young Children: Priority One,” which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age 5. In a typical year, “Young Children: Priority One” service projects involve more than US$14 million and 1 million volunteer hours.

In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first Worldwide Service Project, a $75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. IDD projects have been funded in 95 nations. Kiwanis International Foundation has raised nearly $100 million to eliminate IDD worldwide.

Kiwanis One Day occurs annually during the first weekend of April.  It is an opportunity to unite Kiwanis-family members from around the globe and their communities in a dedicated day of action devoted to hands-on community service projects.

History of Kiwanis Club of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Kiwanis began January 31, 1916 with a strong commitment from 200 charter members to make their mark in the City of Pittsburgh. It was the third Kiwanis Club to be chartered and by year end with the formation of a club in Ontario Kiwanis became International.

Within our service community, Pittsburgh Kiwanis has a program at Children's Hospital that since its inception in 1978, spearheaded by Alan Tombosky, has conducted 300+ programs, contributing over $32,000 in gifts and toys and much goodwill serving approximately 6,000 children. As of program year 2006, $35,950 in scholarships for 53 students to attend area colleges has been donated. Our bereaved parents program has seen thousands of books purchased by Pittsburgh Kiwanis for distribution by Magee and Children's Hospital. Pittsburgh Kiwanian's are always ready to support and develop programs to benefit the community we live, work and play in. Our involvement over the years with "The Great Whale Race" benefiting southwestern Pennsylvania youth, Pittsburgh Kiwanis has raised $58,000.

Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 76 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World."

A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs invest more than 5.7 million hours and US$135 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.

Celebrating 99 years of community service, Pittsburgh Kiwanis has been a proud supporter of the Pennsylvania District and Kiwanis International. Within our service community, Pittsburgh Kiwanis has a program at Children’s Hospital that since its inception in 1978, spearheaded by Alan Tombosky, has conducted 1200+ programs, contributing over $30,000 in gifts of toys and much goodwill serving over 15,000 children. Our involvement over the years with “The Great Whale Race” benefiting southwestern Pennsylvania youth, Pittsburgh Kiwanis has raised $58,000. As of program year 2003 $31,950 in scholarships for 45 students to attend area colleges has been donated. Our bereaved parents program has seen hundreds of books purchased by Pittsburgh Kiwanis for distribution by Magee and Children’s Hospital.
Pittsburgh Kiwanian’s are always ready to support and develop programs to benefit the community we live, work and play in.


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