Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. For more than a century, Kiwanis has created opportunities for children to be curious, safe and healthy regardless of the community in which they live.
In 1965, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe established The Santa Fe Downtown Kiwanis Foundation with the aim of safeguarding and enhancing the distinctive arts, music, and cultural heritage of Santa Fe via Zozobra, a renowned artistic event founded in 1924 by Will Shuster. Shuster, a member of Santa Fe’s Los Cinco Pintores, generously bequeathed Zozobra to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe.
The foundation has granted college scholarships to meritorious high school graduates, and around the 1990s, it extended its scope to include scholars in associate degree courses. By 1978, they commenced awarding grants to non-profit entities in Santa Fe County that address the fundamental requirements of young individuals, covering health and medical care, sustenance, apparel, housing, education, arts, and leisure activities.
The achievements of the Foundation have been fueled by the revenue generated from the annual Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra. Throughout its history, Zozobra has contributed over $3.4 million, benefitting the young population of the region.