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Mission & History

Mission, Vision, History


The mission of the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation is to raise, manage, and distribute funds to support programs of Ohio District Kiwanis family organizations for the improvement of lives of individuals.

Our Vision

Our vision is to extend your Kiwanis impact. We strive to make sure your gift helps children in many communities and in many ways. And we succeed by holding fast to a set of core values.

  • Stewardship    We are committed to meeting and sustaining donors’ confidence that our foundation will invest their contributions wisely and distribute them in keeping with the values inherent in Kiwanis 
  • Transparency    We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights to treat all constituents fairly and ethically and to be above board in all of our dealings.
  • Legacy    We give donors the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the world.
  • Trust    Through the integrity of our actions, we seek to earn and maintain the trust of our Kiwanis family and all stakeholders. Your gifts reflect your hope for children’s lives—and your trust in us. So we strive to earn that trust. We share records and reports that document gifts, grants and the people we serve. 


The Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation was established in 1982 as a charitable not for profit corporation which accepts gifts from various sources to help the needs of the Ohio Kiwanis community. 

All active, privileged, and senior members of the Ohio District of Kiwanis are automatically voting members of the Foundation which is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Funds earmarked for specific projects will be collected and distributed only to those projects. Funds which are not designated for specific projects are invested and only the proceeds of these investments may be used to help meet our mission. In accordance with IRS statute 501(c)3, donations, gifts, bequests of money or property to the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation are tax-exempt.


Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation Leadership - Past to Present


Year       President                                         Secretary                                     Treasurer                              Executive Director                                             

1982    Gov Bill Hewson                  Dwight Snyder                     Dwight Snyder           

1983    Gov Bob Lynch                    Dwight Snyder                     Dwight Snyder           

1984    Gov Walter Sellers               Dwight Snyder                    Dwight Snyder           

1985    Gov Dale Leach                   Dwight Snyder                    Dwight Snyder           

1986    Gov Preston Forbes            Dwight Snyder                    Dwight Snyder           

1987    Michael Hennessey             Ed Tate                               Richard Jorkasky       

1988    James Kimmel                     Dwight Snyder                   Bill Kopp       

1989    Dale Leach                          Jim Tolson                          Jim Tolson     

1990    Dale Leach                          Jim Tolson                         Jim Tolson     

1991    Dale Leach                          Jim Tolson                         Jim Tolson     

1992    Clifford Houk                       Jim Tolson                         Jim Tolson     

1993    Clifford Houk                       Carole Harris                     Carole Harris 

1994    Dave Kelch                         Carole Harris                     Carole Harris 

1995    Dave Kelch                         William Irwin                      William Irwin

1996    Bill Sharp                           Jim Leandavic                    Jim Lendavic  

1997    Ray Wise                           Jim Leandavic                    Jim Lendavic  

1998    Lillie Johnston                    Dave Whiteman                 Dave Whiteman         

1999    Tom Gipson                       Dave Whiteman                  Dave Whiteman         

2000    Tom Gipson                       Dave Whiteman                  Dave Whiteman         

2001    Lillie Johnston                   Dave Whiteman                  Dave Whiteman         

2002    Tom Miller                         Dave Whiteman                  Dave Whiteman         

2003    Leroy Martin                     Dave Whiteman                  Dave Whiteman         

2004    Dean Cole                        Jean Forbes                       Jean Forbes                                Alan Penn

2005    Dean Cole                       Jean Forbes                       Jean Forbes                                Alan Penn

2006    Chuck Holtzman              Jean Forbes                      Jean Forbes                               Alan Penn

2007    John Millar                      Jean Forbes                      Jean Forbes                                Alan Penn

2008    Barb Smith                      Jean Forbes                      Jean Forbes                              Ted Coons

2009    Al Allender                      Jean Forbes                      Jean Forbes                               Ted Coons

2010    Randy Beard                  Jean Forbes                     Jean Forbes                               Ted Coons

2011    Bob Williams                  Jean Forbes                     Jean Forbes                               Ted Coons

2012    Bill Flinta                        Jean Forbes                     Jean Forbes                               Leroy Martin

2013    Doug Huth                     Jean Forbes                     Jean Forbes                               Leroy Martin

2014    Katherine Karpus          Jean Forbes                     Jean Forbes                               Leroy Martin

2015    Vee Reifsnyder              Karen Hagerman             Travis Humphrey                       Alan Penn

2016    Dave Kuhn                    Karen Hagerman             Travis Humphrey                       Alan Penn

2017    Tim Cornelius                Brandi Bowen                 Travis Humphrey                       Alan Penn

2018    Richard Brulotte            Brandi Bowen                 Travis Humphrey                       Alan Penn

2019    Dave Kuhn                   Brandi Bowen                  Travis Humphrey                      Alan Penn

2020    Steve Vrooman            Brandi Bowen                  Travis Humphrey                      Alan Penn

2021    Jason Miller                 Brandi Bowen                  Travis Humphrey                      Alan Penn

2022    James Minter               Brandi Bowen                  Travis Humphrey                     Alan Penn















Our Impact this Kiwanis Year

  • Children and Families Helped by Projects Funded by ODKF 2023-24


  • Club Advised Fund accounts in the Foundation


  • Grants dollars given to date in 2023-2024


Visit Our Kiwanis Programs and Business Partners

  • Staples

    Business Partner

  • Office Max/Office Depot
    Office Max/Office Depot
  • Landscape Structures
    Landscape Structures
  • Scholastic
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • March of Dimes
    March of Dimes
  • Unicef – United States Fund
    Unicef – United States Fund
  • Kroger Community Rewards Program
    Kroger Community Rewards Program
  • Ohio Kiwanis
    Ohio Kiwanis
  • Circle K
    Circle K
  • Key Club
    Key Club
  • Builders Club
    Builders Club
  • K-Kids
  • Terrific Kids
    Terrific Kids
  • Bring Up Grades
    Bring Up Grades
  • AKtion club
    AKtion club
  • YCPO
  • KI
  • KIF
  • CKI Alumni
    CKI Alumni
  • KCI Alumni
    KCI Alumni
  • Building beds for children in Ohio

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