The mission of the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund is to build a better future for our children by providing scholarships & leadership training, grant funding, and through our innovative Pediatric Trauma Program.
As the charitable entity of the Cal-Nev-Ha District of Kiwanis International, our Foundation is supported by voluntary contributions from the Kiwanis family, as well as individuals and organizations who support our mission. Working together, we build a better future for our children.
Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund History
The Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund was established in 1965 in response to the devastating floods in the Northern California town of Klamath. Looking for a way to give back, Kiwanians from across the Cal-Nev-Ha District pooled their funds to rebuild the town.
We have since grown to develop dedicated areas for distribution of support to the Kiwanis families of our District. Our programs include Pediatric Trauma – our major focus – as well as Club and Division Grants and Service Leadership Programs Scholarships & Leadership Training. Read our complete history
The Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund is building a better future for our children.
Our Core Values
We have an untiring commitment to children. We strive daily to develop a student’s leadership potential through our student leadership training program. We inspire students to advance their learning through our scholarship program. And we create safe and healthy environments for children through our Pediatric Trauma Program.
We are dedicated to developing an ongoing relationship with our donors, including investing their contributions wisely, adhering to the Donors’ Bill of Rights and ensuring their generosity is directed in a way both meaningful to the donor and in keeping with the values inherent in the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund.
As an organization, we value openness and honesty with all persons with whom we interact, using sound ethics to guide us in our endeavors. We accept responsibility for our actions by being honest, ethical and trustworthy. We are committed to treating all constituents fairly and ethically, and to be transparent in all of our dealings.
We fulfill our mission to build a better future for our children by creating effective working relationships with Kiwanis members and clubs. We build strong alliances with our partner hospitals and other stakeholders who can assist us in our mission of serving children, and leave a lasting mark on the world.
We value the perspectives which originate from differences of race, faith, experience, and thought. We respect the dignity of each person and through our mission strive to instill a deep sense of self-worth in each child we serve.
Our Strategic Plan
In 2020, the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund Board of Directors undertook the task of updating the organization’s Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Plan defines six specific goals and the steps our Board will take to achieve these goals over the next three years.
Launching the YES! Initiative will provide a source of sustainable, unrestricted funds for our most imperative priorities, including Youth, Education, and Support. Learn how the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund will raise these funds over the next three years.
The Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund aims to increase our fundraising by successfully rebuilding our Ambassador Program to get information to our divisions, clubs, and individuals Learn how the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund will increase the performance of our fundraising activities through our Ambassador Program.
Our fundraising activities during the 2018-2019 Kiwanis year, including our Mid-Year Galas, were the most profitable to date. Learn how the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund intends to repeat these activities to increase our fundraising performance.
Soliciting gifts from donors outside of Kiwanis is essential to increasing our reach and, in turn, our fundraising. Read more about how the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund intends to solicit these major gifts.
Along with soliciting major gifts from outside donors, grant making is another essential step in increasing our revenue from outside sources. Learn how the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund plans to initiate our grant writing efforts.
Our Legacy Fellowship program will be rebranded to include estate planning for individuals. Read how the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund will market the Legacy Fellowship to increase fundraising.