Civitans across the world further our mission of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through four core areas – Health & Wellness, Family & Community Support, Education & Employment, and Accessible & Inclusive Communities.


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.


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.


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 International
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May's word of the month is Fellows

Definition: The Civitan International Fellows Program is a way to recognize Civitan leaders for their outstanding volunteer efforts, commitment to service, and excellence as a Civitan member. These donations support Civitan International’s charitable mission through support of the Civitan International Research Center, the Shropshire Scholarship program, and CivitanInternational Headquarters. Your contribution to the Fellows program is tax-deductible.
Foundation Shropshire Fellow $1,200 minimum $300 minimum Junior Fellow
Freedom Fellow $1,200 minimum
Builders of Good Citizenship Fellow $5,000 minimum
Sustaining Research Center Fellow $2,500 minimum
Research Center Fellow $1,200 minimum $600 minimum Junior Fellow

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Today's Civitan History fact is about Junior Civitan!

Junior Civitan was officially created in 1928 by a teacher named Margaret McKenney in Portland, Maine. She created the club in order to promote citizenship and patriotism among her students. Though the clubs were named Junior Civitan there was only an informal connection with Civitan International. It wasn't until 1939 when Civitan International passed a formal resolution to officially adopt Junior Civitan and began issuing club charters.
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.