The Boone Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. was incorporated on March 19th, 1985 as a non profit corporation under North Carolina law. Its major purpose has been to provide charitable support to the Kiwanis Club of Boone and to provide a mechanism by which the Club's service projects can be furthered by means of a public charitable organization.

While the Kiwanis Club of Boone operates as a service organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax laws, the Boone Kiwanis Foundation is a public charity under section 501(c)(3). As such generally all contributions to the Foundations are fully tax deductible. Thus, the Foundation allows contributors to make donations which help the Club's projects though a tax deductible mechanism.

Since its inception, the primary project of the Foundation has been to fund the Evelyn Johnson Scholarship Program. Named for the late Evelyn Johnson, an active Boone Kiwanis member and officer, this scholarship program provides financial assistance to local high school students who wish to pursue post secondary education but do not wish to or cannot enroll in a four-year undergraduate program. Recipients of these scholarships usually pursue their education at the local campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Each year, the Foundation provides as many as three scholarships to such students, which allows them to continue their education after high school.

A few years ago the Foundation was fortunate to receive a substantial testamentary gift from Minton Tinsley, a longtime Boone Kiwanis member, and his generous support has been instrumental in allowing the Foundation to underwrite the scholarship program and to help the Boone Kiwanis Club further its goals.

If you are interested in learning more about The Boone Kiwanis Foundation, please contact the Kiwanis Club of Boone.