Our clubs undertake a wide variety of local fundraising and service projects. Our motto "Serving the Community's Greatest Need" means that each club determines how it will raise funds and how those funds will be spent in its community. We encourage the autonomy of our clubs so that as many decisions as possible are made by our members at the club level. Kinsmen and Kinettes' national fundraising project involves supporting the work of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF).
Our Association was recently honored by the CCFF for having contributed more than $30 million to CF research and treatment since 1964. We are also active coast-to-coast promoting a variety of national pride initiatives designed to give Canadians the opportunity to demonstrate that they are proud of their country. For example, Kinsmen and Kinettes annually spearhead "Raise-the-Flag!" Day, a patriotic event encouraging Canadians everywhere to raise and fly the Canadian flag. This annual national event takes place in hundreds of communities the Saturday preceding the Victoria Day weekend.
The Association maintains a National Disaster Fund to assist in the event of emergencies in Canadian communities. In 1949 the Association set up a Cancer Scholarship Fund to help train doctors in treating this dreaded disease. The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, renamed the Kinsmen & Kinette Bursary in 1999, awards $1,000.00 bursaries each year to students who are registered in a post-secondary program. This was established to assist young people in higher education. For more info on bursaries - Click Here.
Last year, our clubs contributed more than $21.6 million to Canadian communities, to say nothing of the countless hours spent planning and carrying out their many fundraising and service projects. None of the money raised in the community is used to fund our national Association. The national headquarters and its programs and services are financed through our members' annual dues along with some revenue from such sources as our internal sales division. All the money raised in a community stays in that community. To the best of our knowledge, our members raise more money per member than any other service club in the world. Last year, our members donated more than $1 million to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, making Kinsmen and Kinettes the largest single fundraising organization for CF research in the world.
Amongst the first projects our club was involved in was the Milk for Britian (a project supported by all Kinsmen Clubs across Canada) and the publication of the Honour Roll for Brant Country Citizens who served in World War II.
Since that time numerous programs and projects have been undertaken by the club such as the estalishment of the Brantford Church Hockey League, the establishment of the Brantford Minor Soccer League, the establishment of the Chiefswood for Children with Learning Disabilities (later to include Gifted children), the establishment of the Brier Basketball League, publication of the Brantford 1877 - 1977 "Remember" for the Centennial of Brantford.
Our club has been actively involved in our community, in the past as well as in the present time, through various projects some of which are: