The Granville Kiwanis Club forms the Granville Kiwanis Foundation, a  501c3 charitable organization

February 23, 2009

The Granville Kiwanis Club has formed the Granville Kiwanis Foundation. The IRS recently approved the 501c3 status for the Granville Kiwanis Foundation.

As a consequence, donations to the Kiwanis Club through the Granville Kiwanis Foundation are tax deductible and will benefit the Club's fundraisers and enable the Club to do more for charity.

The Granville Kiwanis Foundation is considered a public charity, type 2 supporting organization to the Granville Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis Club of Granville and its Foundation serve under the mission statement adopted by the club and the Kiwanis International Organization, "Serving the Children of the World."  

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world, one community and one child at a time.

Contact the Kiwanis Club of Granville for more information.

A message from our club:

In 2012, Kiwanis Club of Granville celebrated its 50th Anniversary - signifying 50 years of service to Granville and the children in our community. Our club is proud to have over 76 active volunteers- men and women from our community who all share a common mission; we are dedicated to serving the children of the world, one community and one child at a time.

Our membership is diverse  - offering many talents and generous hearts. Many of us are daily serving others through our work, through other service groups and civic services, in our places of worship, and in our families and neighborhoods. Through Kiwanis, we participate in community service projects and serve children directly. Our club meetings and projects provide opportunities for fellowship - guided by the "Golden Rule."

As dedicated volunteers, we build strong social networks. We rely on experience, organization and dedicated leadership, which enable the club to complete many substantial and rewarding projects. 

Our signature event is the Annual Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Granville, complete with a mile-long Parade and Fireworks in Wildwood Park, with funding from the Granville Foundation. Our second signature project and fundraiser is the annual Maple Syrup production and sale. We serve our homemade syrup at our Pancake Day. We collect the sap water in February and boil it down to syrup in the newly renovated Sugar Shack of Warner's Louden Crest Farm on Louden Street. We bottle and sell our syrup locally through our Kiwanis members and at Whit's store in Granville and the Granville Inn. We were recognized in 2013 by Kiwanis International for our unique fundraiser and spin on the traditional Kiwanis Pancake Day.The Club hosts many other events for our youth throughout the year, including the Holiday Hoops Tournament, the Pancake Breakfast, the Punt/Kick/Throw contest, sponsorship of the Boy Scout Troop 65 and the GHS Key Club and Watkins Memorial Key Club, support to the Granville Recreation District, the Little League Baseball teams, the Granvillle Schools and various programs, the Granville Athletic Association and Music Boosters, ticket taking at the GHS Basketball games, the High School Mission trip, the Maple Leaf 5K, biannual Circus, the Granville's Got Talent Show and 4th of July Photography Contest, as well as sponsoring students to attend leadership conferences including HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Leadership conference) and Kiwanis branded Key Leader Program, and the annual C-Tec and Granville High School Scholarships.Through our annual fundraisers, we contribute to many charitable organizations and causes including the Food Pantry of Licking County, the Salvation Army, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, Heartbeats of Licking County, Young Children Priority One, The Woodlands, Newborns in Need, the Women's Shelter, the Y.E.S. Club, ACTION Ohio, the Licking County 4-H Youth Organizations, the Licking County 4-H Band, the Ohio State University Extension Office, the Licking County River Roundup, Adopt a Highway Roadside Trash pickup, the Janet Gregory Benefit Fund and house project, and American Mental Health Association.The International Kiwanis Organization is working with UNICEF to eliminate neonatal/maternal tetanus.

Three area Kiwanis clubs (Newark, Heath and Granville) team up each Memorial Day to host the annual Licking County 5K near OSU-Newark campus, starting at Rotary Pavilion Park (925 Sharon Valley Road). Proceeds benefit Kiwanis and the Eliminate project, to eliminate neonatal/maternal tetanus worldwide by raising funds to immunize mothers and their unborn children from the lethal risks of tetanus, for $1.80 per vaccine. This risk is serious and global, however vaccines are available and the goal tenable to eliminate tetanus world-wide (within 3 years at the current rate of fundraising).

Please join us at the Granville Inn any Monday evening at 6:15 PM -  meet us and learn more about our club and projects.  Be our guest for dinner and an interesting program. You may be surprised to meet a neighbor or make a new friend!

We realize that it is a privilege to be a member of Granville's community; it is an honor to be part of Kiwanis and the Kiwanis Club of Granville. We have many annual service activities, projects and traditions, which enrich the Granville, its community and support its youth - our future!

Thank you for your interest and contribution!
The Kiwanis Club of Granville, Ohio