What We Do

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation works in partnership with Capital District Kiwanis International to make a difference in the life of a child. We do this annually through grants to area Kiwanis clubs for community service projects, donations to our nine Pediatric Trauma Centers, and matching scholarships awarded to deserving students that the Capital District Circle K and Key Club organizations recognize.

Pediatric Trauma Centers

Each year our Kiwanis Foundation supports those who care for the most traumatic injuries children in the Capital District suffer. These nine are:

We fund these through 100% of the Ducky Derby and Caring Corner net income, 50% of annual club gift donations, additional contributions by clubs and individuals, and endowment income.

Club Grants

Each year foundation grants to clubs in the Capital District. These grants help mothers in transitional housing, build playgrounds, pack meals for children without enough to eat, support public library and school music programs, fund student leadership and after-school programs, and advance literacy projects.

Click on the apply here to read the requirements and to submit an application.

Teenager of the Year

The Capital District recognizes deserving teenagers each year for academic achievements, citizenship, service to school and community, growth and responsibility in his/her family, character and leadership performance. Nominees proceed through competition at club, division and ultimately district levels. The finalist wins $2,500 cash and a trip with their parents/guardians to the annual Kiwanis District Convention to receive the award.

Click here to find your Division Lt. Governor.


Our Kiwanis foundation funds scholarships awarded by the district’s Key Club and Circle K programs to deserving students. The foundation’s endowment funds these awards.

The annual Robert H. Turner, Jr. Scholarship is awarded at the Capital District Key Club Convention to a Key Club Member who exemplifies to the highest degree the basic principles of Key Club – caring and service – in their homes, schools, and communities. The recipient shall be of high moral character and should have achieved excellence in all their endeavors.