Established in 1988 and recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the mission of the Alabama Kiwanis Foundation is to further the ideals, themes, and objectives of Kiwanis in the Alabama District.  The Foundation accomplishes its mission by securing funds, bequests, and other suitable contributions and expending those funds in support of Kiwanis clubs, Service Leadership Programs, and at-risk children in the Alabama District.

The Foundation supports its signature Young Child Priority One service project, Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental (JDRIF), provides college scholarships to worthy Key Club and Circle K Club members, assists Key Leader in the Alabama District with a grant to reduce the cost of attendance, provides financial assistance to the Aktion Leadership Conference, provides Club Project Matching Grants, and supports pass-through donations.


Jean Dean RIF

The mission of Jean Dean RIF is to put age-appropriate books into the hands and homes of at-risk young children before they start kindergarten so they can be ready to succeed in school and life.  Click Here for more information on JDRIF.

Club Matching Grants

The Alabama Kiwanis Foundation’s Matching Grant Program was established to increase the impact that clubs have on their local communities by matching funds raised for worthwhile projects.   Click Here for more information.

Pass-Through Donations

The Foundation defines a ‘Pass-Through Donation’ as a donation to a Kiwanis Club in the Alabama District which passes through the Foundation for suitable purposes.  Click Here for more information.


Annually, the Foundation provides funding for college scholarships, in accordance with its approved budget, to worthy recipients in Key Club and Circle K, as well as deserving students helped by participation in JDRIF.

Jean Dean Courage Award

The Jean Dean Courage Award is presented annually to a deserving Kiwanis Family member (Kiwanis, Circle K, or Key Club) who has faced significant challenges along life’s way and has demonstrated their courage by continuing to provide service to others.  Click Here for further information and a nomination form.


The Foundation’s efforts can only be accomplished through the generosity of the Kiwanis Clubs and their members in the Alabama District.

Individual Donations

Individual Kiwanians are encouraged to include a donation to the Foundation as a part of their charitable giving each year.  As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Click Here for an individual donation form.

Annual Club Gift Campaign

The Annual Gift Campaign is the largest source of funding for the Foundation each year.  Annually, each club in the Alabama District is encouraged to include a gift to the Foundation in their service budget.  All club gifts in any amount are welcomed and very beneficial. Beginning in administrative year 2018-19, those clubs gifting an amount equal to $10 per member, recorded with Kiwanis International as of 1 October of the administrative year in which the gift is received, shall be recognized with a distinctive banner patch and an annual tab each administrative year thereafter when the gifted amount continues at the level of $10 per member or higher.  Each check should indicate that it is an Annual Club Gift in the memo section for proper disposition.

J. Mercer Barnett Fellowship

Named for J. Mercer Barnett, a Birmingham businessman who played a prominent role in establishing Kiwanis International as a service organization and served as first Governor of the Alabama-Florida District (1918-19) and the first Alabama Kiwanian to serve as Kiwanis International President (1920-21), the prestigious J. Mercer Barnett Fellowship is awarded in recognition of a donation of $500 or more by or in honor of an individual.  An additional $500 or more will upgrade the Fellowship to Diamond level. There is also an option for the donation to be directed to the JDRIF Program. For more information, Click Here

Harvey Watson Future Fund

The Harvey Watson Future Fund is named for long time Kiwanian and Past Alabama District Governor Harvey Watson who worked vigorously in support of Joe Dean as they established the Jean Dean RIF program.  Harvey served as the RIF Advisory Board Chair until declining health resulted in his relinquishing the post. The Harvey Watson Future Fund recognizes contributions to the Foundation of $1,000 or more. Proceeds of the Harvey Watson Future Fund will be utilized exclusively in support of JDRIF.  Click Here for more information or Here to make a contribution. LINKS COMING SOON.

Joe Dean Legacy

The Joe Dean Legacy, named for Past Governor of the Alabama District, Joe Dean who founded Jean Dean RIF, recognizes individuals who have named the Foundation in their estate plans.    Membership is offered to individuals who have signified their intent to provide a planned gift of $5,000 or more or who make an outright gift of $5,000 or more. For more information click Here.   LINKS COMING SOON.