Will You Be A Sustainer?

By: Bob Wright, President-Elect

Looking for a way to show your commitment to Kiwanis in our district all year long?

Sustained (or annual or recurring) giving could be for you!

What is sustained giving, and why did our Capital District Kiwanis Foundation initiate a program recently?

It began when the board realized that those of us who believe deeply in what our district foundation does didn’t have a way to demonstrate that commitment and make regular micro donations to support the foundation’s many good works.

For a little money each month I help ensure our foundation has a steady stream of contributions to match our year-round philanthropy. I skip a trip to a coffee shop, a bite at a fast-food restaurant, or a movie, and send the equivalent amount to our foundation instead. It’s not much by itself, but when combined with the small monthly donations of other Capital Kiwanians, like you, over the course of a year it adds up. And, in time It will enable the foundation to do even more to serve children in our communities.

I charge my small donations to a credit card and set up recurring payments. That way I don’t worry about forgetting to share my treasure with those in need, especially children.

I feel a sense of pride each time I donate to our foundation.

If you aren’t familiar with all the good our foundation does, check out its pages on the district website, https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation/. See where all our money goes. Then think about whether an affordable sustaining gift is right for you too.

A child in need is deserving indeed. Sustained giving helps our foundation do more and more for them.

Happy Kiwanis New Year

By: Ed Daley, President, Capital District Kiwanis Foundation

Thank you for supporting the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation.  Our mission is to support local Kiwanis Clubs as they work to improve the lives of children in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Because of your contributions we support these clubs in a variety of ways:

Grants to local clubs

  • Many clubs have benefited from the Foundation grants supporting clubs in the Capital District
  • Grants have supported projects such as: Cozy Comfort Project, Backpacks for Kids, Soundscapes Program, Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio, Bright Beginnings Reading Program and Discovery Kits for Children to name a few.
  • Grant requests are to be filed online at the CDKF website
  • The first cycle is due by September 15  and awarded in November
  • The second cycle is due by March 15 and awarded in May
  • 2021 – 2022 year the grant budget has been increased to $30,000

Gift to hospitals with pediatric trauma centers

  • There are currently 9 pediatric trauma centers the Foundation supports in the Capital District – we provide $3,000 to each per year
  • With the addition of West Virginia, we are reviewing our hospital locations and current services but expect to increase this number to 11 or 12 pediatric trauma centers in the coming years
  • All money raised from the Ducky Derby and Caring Corner fund raisers support the pediatric trauma centers

Youth scholarships

  • The Foundation in support with the Capital District of Key Club and Circle K awards 6 – $1,000 Key Club and CKI scholarships
  • The Foundation funds the Robert H. Turner Scholarship for a Key Club member for $2,500
  • We also fund the Teenager of the Year award for $2,000
  • Beginning in the new year 2021 – 2022 the Foundation will fund the Ellis Stroup Leadership Scholarship for $2,000
  • In total we provide $9,500 in funding annually to youth scholarships at the high school and college levels

The really big news at CDKF is two-fold.   Past Capital District Kiwanis Governor, Dennis Baugh formed a committee with CDKF President, Mike Dasovich to investigate the formation of a Disaster Assistance Fund.  This is now a program of the CDKF and will be administered by a committee with three members appointed by the District and three members appointed by CDKF.   Funds will be awarded to local Kiwanis Clubs seeking to assist their community when a disaster impacts an area within the Capital District.   To apply for funds, a local Kiwanis Club should use the application on the CDKF website.

To contribute to this effort, individuals and organizations can use the form on our website or contact their Division CDKF member.  Recent flood damage from Hurricane Ida provides a prime example of how we can use this fund to support fellow Capital District Kiwanians as they work to rebuild their communities. 

Parallel to the launching of the Disaster Assistance Fund, we are excited to welcome the West Virginia Kiwanians into the Capital District.   As part of this, we have merged the West Virginia Kiwanis and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundations.  This merger strengthens all of our Clubs in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.   Larissa Cason has joined our CDKF Board as Past President of the West Virginia Kiwanis Foundation.   Other new members on the Board include Patty Miser, Dr. Rayman Richardson, and David Laraba who will represent our new Divisions 18, 19 and 20 respectively.

Our work is the result of your financial contributions to CDKF in various categories:

  • Annual Kiwanis Club Donation – suggested $3 per member or $5 per member for distinguished club
  • In Memoriam banner patch with individual’s name and club – $100 contribution
  • Life Member recognition – individual receives a certificate, pin and banner ribbon – $150 contribution
  • Youth Outreach Program for clubs who do not sponsor an SLP – $200 contribution
  • Patron Recognition begun in 2020 – individual receives a framed certificate, pin and banner ribbon – $300 contribution
  • President’s Circle begun  in 2020 – individual receives an engraved desk clock, pin and banner ribbon – $500 contribution
  • Founder’s Society – individual receives an engraved plaque, medallion and a lapel pin – $1,000 contribution
  • Tablet of Honor – individual receives an engraved  plaque and a lapel pin – $1,250 contribution
  • Our new Sustained Giving program which can be any amount as a one-time or regular interim contribution

Social Media

One of the many initiatives Past President Mike Dasovich focused on during the past two years was a public relations and communications committee, headed by our web master Jamie Arca and Jennifer Hiscock, focused on increasing CDKF’s visibility.   We are launching this blog and our Facebook Live series in culmination of Mike’s initiative and the hard work of the committee.   Each week our Foundation Board members and others will be speaking and writing about the activities of the Foundation and our Divisions.

  • There are 2 new editions to our social media platform
  • First is the weekly Facebook Live series every Wednesday at 7pm
  • You will hear presentations from Directors, members and clubs throughout the District giving information and pictures of projects the Foundation support – Key Leader, Teenager of the Year award, Caring Corner, Ducky Derby, etc.
  • After the Wed. Facebook Live event any member can access the presentation on our CDKF Facebook page and our website
  • There will be a weekly blog posted on the the website

Your CDKF Board of Directors are looking forward to a busy year supporting your efforts at the club level.  Please let us know how we can boost your work in local communities.  

Quarter 4 (2020-2021)

Greetings, Capital District Kiwanis Members –

It is hard to believe that on October 1st, our clubs will be celebrating the start of another Kiwanis New Year! The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation continues to work hard to complete another successful year in assisting our communities, clubs, and local pediatric trauma centers. Given the work that has occurred over the last three months, we are pleased to provide you with another quarterly update.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped support our 2021 Ducky Derby raffle! The Foundation was able to raise $12,881.00 for pediatric trauma! We did not only meet our goal but we SURPASSED our goal! Our top three winners were $750.00 Cash Prize — Susan Nancanon / Seaford Kiwanis Club / Division 5, $500.00 Cash Prize — Cory Fore / Next Generation e-Kiwanis Club / Division 4, and the $250.00 Cash Prize — Rachel Jacobs / Severna Park Kiwanis Club / Division 4.

As we prepare to end and celebrate the Kiwanis service year, many clubs will think about celebrating their members and club leaders. We hope that you will consider bestowing upon them one of the many Foundation honors that are available including life memberships, the Patron Recognition, President’s Circle, Tablet of Honor, or Founder’s Society. Details can be found on our recognition and contribution form located at https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/01/Recognition-and-Contribution-Form-Updated-11.2020.pdf

While we are preparing to close out this service year, we are looking forward to 2021-2022. As your club’s Board of Directors continues to plan for a successful year of service in your local community, the Foundation encourages you to apply for a grant. The application cycle is open two times per year and applications are due on September 15th (fall cycle) or March 15th (spring cycle). To read the guidelines and complete an online application form, please visit https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/foundation-grants/

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? We encourage you to like our page and tune into our new Facebook Live series that will air for the first time on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. For our first episode, join incoming President, Ed Daley to hear about his 2021-2023 goals for the Foundation. The Facebook Live series will air every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. and will be centered on a different aspect of the Foundation, the board, and the District each week.

Donate today to help our children! Become an inaugural supporter of the Foundation’s sustained giving program which is new for 2021-2022! Sustained giving is a way for Kiwanians committed to serving children to have a district-wide impact. In exchange for the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a fast-food drive-through restaurant combo or a dinner out each month, sustainers provide a steady stream of income for the foundation. If you don’t already personally contribute annually to the foundation’s work serving children, now is the time to show your commitment. $5, $10, $20, or whatever you can afford regularly adds up to more services for children—scholarships, pediatric trauma support, meals for the needy, books, club grants, and more. Committing is easy! Follow this link to make a one-time or reoccurring donation: https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_c681dd58-b980-11eb-ab84-0253c981a9f9&WidgetId=164864

As we conclude the 2020-2021 service year and look to the next, please let the Foundation Board of Directors know how we can best serve your clubs, as well as educate our fellow members. The entire board looks forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 continuing to serve our clubs, district, and world!

In Service Together,

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation 2020-2021 Board

Ducky Derby 2021 Winners

Thank you for your support and participation!

On behalf of the Foundation, we would like to say congratulations to our winners.

$750 Cash Prize – S. Nancanon / Seaford Kiwanis Club / Division 5

$500 Cash Prize – Cory Fore / Next Generation e-Kiwanis Club/ Division 4

$250 Cash Prize – Rachel Jacobs / Severna Park Kiwanis Club / Division 4

Visa Gift Card – Landon Wyatt / Danville Kiwanis Club / Division 15

Target Gift Card – Dave Clark / Danville Kiwanis Club / Division 15

Lowes Gift Card – Nancy Simonelli / Lynnhaven Kiwanis Club / Division 14

Visa Gift Card – John Bradshaw / Roanoke Kiwanis Club / Division 15

Home Depot Gift Card – Jane Marks / Virginia Beach Kiwanis Club / Division 14

Darden Gift Card – Bob Despres / Colonial Capital Kiwanis Club / Division 12

Lowes Gift Card – Richmond Kiwanis Club / Division 11

Home Depot Gift Card – Portsmouth Kiwanis Club / Division 14

Amazon Gift Card – Ted Kramer / Arlington Kiwanis Club / Division 2

Kohl’s Gift Card – Jennifer Parish / Mercury 64 / Division 13

Visa Gift Card – Ron Smith / Dover Kiwanis Club / Division 5

Amazon Gift Card – Carolyn Richard / Fairfax Kiwanis Club / Division 2

Home Depot Gift Card – Accomack Kiwanis Club / Division 5

Visa Gift Card – Sylvia Hogue / Eastern Branch Kiwanis Club / Division 1

Lowes Gift Card – Jane Erickson / Nebraska-Iowa District

Quarter 2 Update (2020-2021)

Greetings, Capital District Kiwanis Members – 

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation hopes each of you, as well as your families, are staying healthy! The entire Foundation board looks forward to when we can gather in-person with fellow Kiwanis members at conventions and divisional council meetings. 

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation continues to work hard to execute another successful year in assisting our communities, clubs, and local pediatric trauma centers. Given the work that has occurred over the last three months, we are pleased to provide you with another quarterly update. 

Thank you to the 50 Kiwanis Clubs who have provided an annual gift for the 2020-2021 Kiwanis year! Your support of the Foundation and our commitment to the pediatric trauma centers is certainly recognized! The Foundation board would especially like to congratulate Division 1 who is the first in the Capital District to reach 100% participation in annual gifts! We look forward to shouting out other divisions in the future, as many are close! Please remember that $5 per member is a criteria point to earn distinguished club for 2020-2021. 

Help us make a splash of cash for pediatric trauma! It is time again for the Ducky Derby! The Ducky Derby Chairman, Mr. Charles Marks, has set a goal of raising $11,500 this year. We did it last year and we can do it again! The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the House of Delegates on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Capital District Kiwanis Convention. Cash prizes of $750, $500, and $250, as well as various gift cards, will be awarded. You do not need to be present to win, but you do need to have a ticket in the drum! Tickets will continue to be sold throughout the spring and summer. 

NEW THIS YEAR! The Foundation is offering an opportunity for all individuals to purchase Ducky Derby tickets and pay online through the District’s website. Individuals will be able to pay with a credit card and the Foundation will complete your tickets for you. If you would like to use the online payment option to purchase Ducky Derby tickets, please access: https://k03.site.kiwanis.org/ducky-derby-raffle/ 

Tickets can also be downloaded and printed at home by accessing: https://tinyurl.com/2021DuckyDerby 

As a reminder, the Foundation is now a participant in the Amazon Smiles Program and would love your support as you online shop during this social distancing period! You can shop on Amazon for all of your needs and 0.5% of your total will be donated back to the Foundation. We appreciate any and all support that you are able to provide! 

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? (https://www.facebook.com/capitaldistrictkiwanisfoundation/) We encourage you to like our page and become an active contributor. While you are on the computer, make sure to check out our website to access resources for further educating yourself and fellow members on how the Foundation works for clubs and communities. 

The Board is working hard this year to engage every club and every member in fundraising to positively impact citizens throughout our district in the name of Kiwanis! With that, if you have any ideas or feedback, please send them to cdkiwanisfoundation@gmail.com.

In Service Together,
The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation 2020-2021 Board

Ducky Derby Season is Open

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is excited to announce the 2021 Ducky Derby Season. This year you can purchase your tickets through your club, download the online form and mail a check, OR you can now purchase your tickets online!

The proceeds from Ducky Derby support the following Pediatric Trauma Centers:

  • Children’ National Medical Center Washington, DC
  • Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Baltimore, MD
  • University of Virginia Health Center Charlottesville, VA
  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Norfolk, VA
  • Children’s Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
  • Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital Roanoke, VA
  • Christiana Care Pediatric Trauma Unit Wilmington, DE
  • Niswonger Children’s Hospital Johnson City, TN
  • Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Bethesda, MD

The drawing will take place in August 2021 at the House of Delegates on Saturday. We hope that you will support the foundation in purchasing the tickets and wish you the best of luck!

Check Given to The Children’s Inn at NIH

Our Directors for Division 2 and 3 presented The Children’s Inn at NIH with our annual financial gift. The Children’s Inn is one of nine pediatric trauma centers the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation supports annually. We are happy to be making a difference in the lives of children all through our communities!

Quarter 4 Update (2019-2020

Greetings, Capital District Kiwanis Members –

It is hard to believe that on October 1st, our clubs will be celebrating the start of another Kiwanis New Year! Before we embark on a new service year, the Foundation President, Mr. Mike Dasovich, would like to express his appreciation to each club and Kiwanis member.

“My fellow Kiwanians of the Capital District, we joined Kiwanis for various reasons.  In the end, we come together to lend a helping hand to “Serve the Children of the World.”  I would like to personally thank you for all that you have done supporting the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation (CDKF) during this extremely difficult second half of our 2019-2020 year.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced our Kiwanis members/clubs into difficult financial times.  Through your generosity, the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is able to continue to assist people in need, particularly young people; to assist worthy youth in attaining vocational excellence; and to aid people with disabilities in carrying out happy, useful lives.

From April 2015 through July 2020 your generous donations of $87,431.95 supported numerous clubs through the Foundation’s grant program, stretching across the Capital District.   This Kiwanis year, 2019-2020, the Foundation provided $25,000.00 in grants to clubs.

Your club donations provided $9,321.00 from 79 Capital District clubs and once again, I say, “Thank You” for reaching down deep into your pockets in supporting the Foundation’s “Ducky Derby” with ticket sales netting well over $10,000.00 which will assist our continued support of the nine Pediatric Hospitals and Centers.

I am truly humbled by your generosity and promise that as Capital District Kiwanis Foundation President, along with my phenomenal Board of Directors, we will push the limits of the Foundation to do all that we can to support the children of the Capital District given the uncertainty the future holds for all of us. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? We encourage you to like our page and become an active contributor.  While you are on the computer, make sure to check out our new website for a complete listing of our Board of Directors, current fundraising initiatives, recognition programs for members (Life Membership, Tablet of Honor, and Founder’s Society), information on our club grant program, and resources for further educating yourself and fellow members on how the Foundation works for clubs and communities.

As we conclude the 2019-2020 service year and look to the next, please let the Foundation Board of Directors know how we can best serve your clubs, as well as educate our fellow members. As Mike said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” The entire board looks forward to a wonderful 2020-2021 continuing to serve our clubs, district, and world!

In Service Together,

The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation 2019-2020 Board

2019 Ducky Derby Winners

Winners list for the 2020 Ducky Derby Drawing for the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. Drawing held at 7pm, 29 August 2020, at the home of Charles Marks, Chairman, 2020 Ducky Derby. In attendance was Robin Marks, Lt. Governor, Division 5 and Jessica Main, Treasurer, Kiwanis Club of Dover, DE. The event was held live on the Foundation Facebook Page.

$500.00 Cash Prize

  • Warren Letzsch, Ellicott City Kiwanis Club

$400.00 Cash Prize

  • Ben Farmer, Old Point Comfort Kiwanis Club

$300.00 Cash Prize

  • Bull Run-Mananas Kiwanis Club

$200.00 Cash Prize

  • Warren Letzsch, Ellicott Club Kiwanis Club

$100.00 Cash Prize

  • Martha Nichols, Loch Raven Kiwanis Club

$100.00 Hyett E-Card

  • Leesburg Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Home Depot Card

  • Ed Schumacher, Williamsburg Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Visa Gift Card

  • Virginia Geoffrey, Arlington Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Buffalo Wild Wings Card

  • Don Dudey, Reisterstown Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Mastercard Gift Card

  • Donna Riley, Westminster Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Target Card

  • Far East Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Visa Card

  • Jack Luck, Ashland Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Walmart Card

  • Cheri Hartman, Roanoke Kiwanis Club

$25.00 Visa/$25.00 Mastercard

  • Michael McEnoy, Roanoke Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Darden Card

  • Leesburg Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Visa Card

  • Patricia Blume, Loch Raven Kiwanis Club

$50.00 Master Card

  • Jim Van Hoozier, Christianburg Kiwanis Club

4 $10.00 Lowe’s Cards

  • Sly Bowser, Arlington Kiwanis Club

Survey- Ducky Derby

Over the last several years, the Foundation’s Board of Directors have labored to realign the board’s operations in order to make better use of the resources we have. The Ducky Derby has seen many changes over the last six years; however, we cannot continue to provide support to the local pediatric trauma centers associated with the Capital District without your help! The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation Board of Directors would like your input to continue making positive changes to the Ducky Derby! Please participate in the survey to provide your opinions and ideas! All responses are due by June 1, 2020. Thank you for your time and help!

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