Philanthropy Archives

Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Records, 1916-2011
MSS 087
20.2 c.f. (23 boxes)

ABSTRACT

Kiwanis International, briefly called the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers, was officially chartered in 1915 as a club for businessmen that also had social and commercial benefits. That original intent evolved quickly into a club for businessmen who wanted to improve their communities, hence the 1920 motto “we build.” Today, Kiwanis International is a global organization, with numerous projects dedicated primarily to their current motto of “serving the children of the world.” The Downtown Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis was the first Kiwanis club in Indiana, founded in 1916, and currently has more than 250 members, making it the largest Kiwanis Club in Indiana.

This collection contains by-laws, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, club rosters, tax information, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and brochures.

ACCESS

Last updated by lcalvert on 06/29/2015

This collection is currently being processed.  For information, please contact Angela White, Philanthropic Studies Archivist, at angwhite@iupui.edu or 317-278-2329.

Thank you for your patience as we organize this collection.

Last updated by lcalvert on 03/11/2015

This collection is currently being processed.  For information, please contact us at 317-274-0464.

Thank you for your patience as we organize this collection.

Last updated by lcalvert on 09/04/2014

This collection is currently being processed.  For information, please contact Angela White at angwhite@iupui.edu or 317-278-2329.

Thank you for your patience as we organize this collection.

Last updated by lcalvert on 03/11/2015

This collection is currently being processed.  For information, please contact Angela White at angwhite@iupui.edu or 317-278-2329.

Thank you for your patience as we organize this collection.

Last updated by lcalvert on 03/11/2015

Mss 50
2.4 c.f (6 document boxes)
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ABSTRACT

Last updated by on 01/10/2013

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Last updated by lcalvert on 03/11/2015

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers with a mission of “changing the world one child and one community at a time.” The organization originated in Detroit, Michigan in 1914 with Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance with the idea to create a fraternal organization with a health benefit feature. Enough members were recruited for them to apply in the state for not for profit status that was approved on January 21, 1915 and The Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers was formed. The name changed to Kiwanis a year later. Its first motto was “We build,” a translation of its name based on an Otchipew American Indian expression. The original purpose was to exchange business between members and to serve the poor. The debate as to whether to focus on networking or service was resolved in 1919, when Kiwanis adopted a service-focused mission. Today with nearly 250,000 members and clubs in over 80 nations, the organization continues to focus on its mission with its programs and projects.

Last updated by on 04/12/2012

Mss 029
8.6 c.f. (8 cartons and 3 document boxes)
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ABSTRACT

Working in higher education and philanthropy, Merrimon Cuninggim gained national recognition in both fields. His early career was as a professor at various colleges and in 1951 he became Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He remained there until 1960 when he accepted the position of Executive Director/President of the Danforth Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained until 1972. From 1973 to 1975 he worked as an advisor/consultant to the Ford Foundation and from 1976 to 1979 served as President of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. From 1979 until his death in 1995 Cuninggim served as a special consultant to both colleges and foundations on management problems. In 1981 he was one of the 16 founders of the Center for Effective Philanthropy which was formed to advise foundations and other charitable institutions on effective management.

Last updated by on 08/23/2013

For information on this collection, please contact  Angela White at angwhite@iupui.edu or 317-278-2329.

Last updated by lcalvert on 03/11/2015