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

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I AM CIVITAN AND I BELIEVE IN OUR MISSION. Parkinson’s Disease plagues more than one million people in the United States alone. A study going on at the Civitan International Research Center in the lab of Dr. Matthew Goldberg is looking at a deficiency in the PINK1 gene and how drugs could re-activate it, leading to possible prevention of Parkinson’s and similar neurodegenerative diseases.
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Civitan International
How It Started: A membership vote in 1989 at the Civitan International Convention in Chicago promised $20 million to start and support the Civitan International Research Center.

How It’s Going: Pledge fulfilled! More than 100 scientists at the CIRC are working on better treatments and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those with other brain conditions.
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Civitan International
Today is a special day in Civitan history, Founder's Day. We celebrate the strong leaders who started this organization during another challenging time in history. Over 100 years later, our clubs are still a beacon of light in communities all over the world. Celebrate today by supporting the Civitan Light the Way program at https://civitan.org/light-the-way-donate/ and help ensure the future of our organization.