In the 1980’s the Lions Club addressed the challenge of providing future vision and hearing resources for local and community needs, as well as supporting organizations and projects statewide.
The fact is that several years ago the Internal Revenue Service determined that the donations to one's local Lions Club and Districts are not tax deductible. This reduces the amount of donations Lions Clubs get, leaving communities without the resources to provide aid.
The year 1992 saw the formation of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation to help fund Lions Club projects, most particularly those relating to sensory impairment programs like hearing and vision aid within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Lions of Pennsylvania is a “501-C3” tax-exempt corporation. This permits individuals, corporations, and other philanthropic entities to deduct charitable contributions given to the Foundation.
The Foundation was established as an organization that would seek financial support and provide resources to Lions Clubs in PA. This helps local Lions Clubs carry out the mission of providing services to improve quality of life and meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents. Some such services include vision and hearing aid and funds for PA residents in need of glasses, bifocals, and hearing aids and emergency services for local people in need of aid.
With our unique mission, the Foundation carries forward the credo of the International Association of Lions Clubs: WE SERVE
The annual meeting of the members of the Corporation shall be held on the Saturday at the first regular State Council meeting after the close of the Annual Convention of the Multiple District Fourteen of the Lions International at the city in which said State Council meeting is held. Thereafter, an annual meeting of the members shall be held in each year. The first regular meeting shall be conducted after the close of the Annual Convention of the Multiple District Fourteen meeting of the Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Club and in the same city in which said State Council meeting is held for the purpose of hearing reports of the officers and directors of the Corporation and for transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting.
Special meetings of the members may be called by the chairperson of the Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs and the President of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation at their joint direction, or shall be called by the President of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation upon the written request addressed to said President of a majority of the Foundation’s voting members. The time and place of any special meeting shall be determined by the President and the call shall be made by the President or the Secretary at the direction of the President. The meeting shall be called within a period not to exceed 30 days following the request for a special meeting.