A GLOBAL IMPACT

Civitan International is a global organization impacting lives at the grass roots level through local service clubs. Members of Civitan share a Servant’s Heart and a desire to create positive change for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

A CENTURY OF SERVICE

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 1917, Civitan expanded rapidly into a global force for change. The message of good citizenship rooted in compassion, service, and respect for people in need is just as important today as it was on our first day more than a century ago.

A FOCUS ON RESEARCH

The Civitan International Research Center is the flagship program of Civitan International. Deeply rooted in the core mission of Civitan—serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities—the CIRC conducts cutting edge research in brain-related issues such as autism, rett syndrome, down syndrome and many others. Civitan International is the only service organization dedicated to these issues which affect one in six people worldwide.

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CIVITAN LIFE

Civitan International
Civitan International
How It Started: A friendship between a parent-advocate Tom McNulty and Civitan founder Dr. Courtney Shropshire, which developed into Civitan International declaring the support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 1956 as the organization’s primary focus.

How It’s Going: Civitan members support people with I/DD through service and philanthropy. Many clubs align with agencies that provide housing, day services, and employment help for those who need it. Civitan clubs have also supported the Civitan International Research Center with fundraisers in their local communities.
Civitan International
Civitan International
I AM CIVITAN AND I BELIEVE IN OUR MISSION. Something’s fishy in Dr. Matthew Alexander’s lab at the Civitan International Research Center. He is using hundreds of small zebrafish to determine better medicines for those who have a certain form of muscular dystrophy. Dr. Alexander wants to use the knowledge he’s learned to understand why 1/4th of those with this form of muscular dystrophy develop autism.
Civitan International
Civitan International
How It Started: The first Junior Civitan club for high school students was started in 1927 in Maine, with it becoming an official program of Civitan International in 1939, making it our oldest and most cherished effort.

How It’s Going: With clubs in the United States and Canada, Junior Civitan boasts nearly 7,000 members. These clubs serve their schools and communities through projects like food drives, park cleanups, anti-bullying campaigns and more.