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Why a Texas Kiwanis club wants to do more than write checks

Steven Hadt | Dec 07, 2016
Why a Texas Kiwanis club wants to do more than write checks The Kiwanis Club of Amarillo has quietly gone about its work for the past 96 years—helping children grow up with bright and limitless futures. Little did it know the philanthropic community was paying attention the whole time. In November, the Kiwanis Club of Amarillo received the 2016 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals—Texas Plain chapter.

“There’s a lot of civic groups doing community service,” said Alise Dixon, the club’s president. “It was really moving to get the award.”

The club works with a number of partners to increase its impact in the community, including the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Salvation Army. “I love how our club helps and supports the youth through other non-profit organizations throughout Amarillo,” said Dixon.

In the award nomination, club members are credited for doing more than only writing a check. 

“Members do not just make contributions to other charities—they are personally involved,” the nomination reads. “They read weekly for classes at Sanborn Elementary School and collect books for their library, spend many hours mentoring students through Key Club at high schools and at CKI and Aktion Clubs.”

Dixon said the club has made it a priority to do more hand-on service. “We want to see where the money goes and see the effect it is having,” she said. “We want to see what is being done is important.”

Winning this award isn’t stopping the club from increasing its impact. Dixon says the club is already working to step up its game, especially as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020. “We want to bring more awareness to Kiwanis,” she said.

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