The Rotary Foundation is the fuel which drives Rotary. It provides the necessary funding to make a huge difference in the world. Below are 52 Rotary Foundation moments that may be share in your clubs to educate Rotarians on the importance of the Foundation and allow each member to gain a better understanding of their foundation.
WEEK 1 - (First Meeting of the year)
OVER THE NEXT YEAR, I WILL COME TO YOU WITH A SHORT WEEKLY MESSAGE ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, ITS PROGRAMS AND THE NEED FOR YOUR SUPPORT. TODAY I HAVE A QUOTE FROM PAULO COSTA, PAST PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, 1990-1991. “Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation. It transforms our dreams into splendid realities . . . it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity - a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION AND ITS WORK.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF ROTARY FOUNDATION GRANTS?
“Doing good in the world.” This is achieved via three programs categories of The Rotary Foundation.
District Grants– allows up to 50% of funding given three years ago through Annual Fund –SHARE to do projects that fall within the mission. Almost any type of project can be done and local clubs work with their districts to figure out what projects and activities are nearest and dearest to their hearts.
Global Grants- funds sustainable and measurable scholarships, humanitarian grants and vocational training teams in the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.
IN 1945, THE WRITTEN OBJECTIVE FOR THE ROTARY FOUNDATION WAS:
POLIO PLUS IS A SIGNATURE PROGRAM OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION.
PolioPlus is Rotary’s priority program which supports global efforts to eradicate polio. It was launched in 1985, with the help of Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio, and since that time, Rotary’s efforts, along with partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. By the time the world is certified polio-free, our contributions will make Rotary the largest non-governmental financial contributor to the global polio eradication effort.
WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL FUND?
The Rotary Foundation is funded in two different ways: the Annual Fund and the Endowment Fund. The primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of The Rotary Foundation, the Annual Fund supports programs in more than 200 geographical regions. From digging clean water wells for villages in Africa to reaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment in a day, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that all contributions given to the Annual Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects. In the 2012-13 Rotary year, US$115 million was donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund (Making History in Rotarian generosity). The Annual Fund is comprised of donations from Rotarians, friends of Rotary, corporations, workplace giving vehicles and can be matched by corporate matching gifts to leverage your donation. There is even a place on the rotary website that allows you to see if your company has a charitable matching program…check it out at: www.rotary.org
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION SUSTAINING MEMBER?
A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes US$100
or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul
Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, and club
recognition. After donating $100.00 per year for 10 Rotary years, he/she becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. We have _____ Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members in our Club.
WHAT IS A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW?
Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who makes a gift of US$1,000 or more cumulatively to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or an approved global grant. The recognition consists of a certificate and pin. Other optional items include a medallion for $15. Paul Harris Fellows can also be given on behalf of someone through Foundation Recognition points or through a combination of points and outright donations.
We have ____ Paul Harris Fellows in our Club. Since the creation of the Paul Harris Fellow over 1.4 MILLION people have become Paul Harris Fellows.
WHAT IS A PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY MEMBER?
The Paul Harris Society recognizes individuals who contribute US$1,000 or more each Rotary
year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or an approved global grant. Paul Harris Society
contributions count toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member (Annual Fund contributions only), Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor recognition. Recognition consists of a chevron style pin provided by your District Paul Harris Society Coordinator. A US$1,000 gift in your name to The Rotary Foundation can create a legacy of helping many people live better lives around the world.
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION MAJOR DONOR AND ARCH C. KLUMPH MEMBER?
The Rotary Foundation recognizes individuals or couples whose combined giving has reached US$10,000, regardless of the gift designation. This recognition level can be achieved only through personal contributions. Major Donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and pin(s) commemorating the gift at each new recognition level. Since Rotary’s Major Donor recognition began there are over 18,000 Major Donors.
For those donors whose cumulative gifts total us$250,000 or more they are considered an Arch C. Klumph Society and are inducted AT THE World Headquarters in Evanston and permanently displayed. (There were 453 Arch C. Klumph Society members as of 30 June 2013)
WHO WANTS TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE DISPLAYED IN EVANSTON?!?
$ 1,000.00 to $ 1,999.99 - Original Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 2,000.00 to $ 2,999.99 - One Sapphire on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 3,000.00 to $ 3,999.99 - Two Sapphires on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 4,000.00 to $ 4,999.99 - Three Sapphires on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 5,000.00 to $ 5,999.99 - Four Sapphires on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 6,000.00 to $ 6,999.99 - Five Sapphires on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 7,000.00 to $ 7,999.99 - One Ruby on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 8,000.00 to $ 8,999.99 - Two Rubies on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 9,000.00 to $ 9,999.99 - Three Rubies on Paul Harris Fellow Pin
$ 10,000.00 to $ 24,999.99 - Major Donor level 1 (Crystal and pendant with 1 diamond
$ 25,000.00 to $ 49,999.99 - Major Donor level 2 (Crystal and pendant with 2 diamonds
$ 50,000.00 to $ 99,999.99 - Major Donor level 3 (Crystal and pendant with 3 diamonds
$100,000.00 to $ 249,999.99 - Major Donor level 4 (Crystal and pendant with 4 diamonds
$250,000.00 to $ 499,999.99 - AKS-Trustees Circle (pin, induction, video and photo)
$500,000.00 to $ 999,999.99 - AKS-Chair’s Circle (pin, induction, video and photo)
$1,000,000.00 or greater - AKS-Foundation’s Circle- (pin, induction, video and photo+)
HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR DESIRED DONOR RECOGNITION LEVEL?
*Those in italics represent levels where points can be used to achieve the level
WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S ENDOWMENT FUND?
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION BENEFACTOR?
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION BEQUEST SOCIETY MEMBER?
The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling US$10,000 or more. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a pin commemorating the commitment at each new recognition level. A gift of at least $10,000 in your name to The Rotary Foundation creates a legacy of your generosity and compassion as you are helping many people live better lives around the world. We have ____ Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Members in our Club, and 566 people worldwide became a Bequest Society member in Rotary year 2012-13. There are 10,035 Bequest Society Members worldwide as of 30 June 2013.
WHAT DOES THE ROTARY FOUNDATION DO WITH ITS MONEY?
The Rotary Foundation spends charitable contributions on multiple programs and grants. From the eradication of POLIO to scholarships, vocational training teams, Rotary Peace Centers, Humanitarian projects. The funds are used for programs and projects Rotarians feel passionate about. If you want detailed financial information you should check on-line at www.rotary.org and you can see how much was spent on each program as well as operating costs. I can tell you that our Foundation is ranked as one of the best. With 1.2 million Rotarians over-seeing the funds at a grassroots level I have all the confidence in the world that are funds through Rotary are in amazing hands doing amazing work here and abroad.
WHAT IS “EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR” ALL ABOUT?
This initiative by the Board of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation:
The Rotary Foundation even has banners for clubs where every member contributes some amount to the Foundation and the annual per capita is US$100 and a banner for clubs where every member contributes at least US$100 per year…..think about what you can do to help us meet our Annual Giving goal…which is the goal to make positive change in the world around us?
OUR ROTARY SUCCESS WITH THE POLIO PLUS CAMPAIGN Because of Rotarian support, more than four million children who might have been polio victims are walking and playing normally. Since 1985, through Rotary’s efforts, and those of its partners around the world, more than two billion children have received polio vaccines and have been protected. There are currently three countries that are endemic: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We must not stop our efforts until we give the children a Polio Free world!
ROTARY’S POLIO CHALLENGE
Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an extension of their existing fundraising partnership that could generate up to US$525 million in new money for polio eradication as the global effort to end this crippling disease enters its critical endgame phase.
Under the new agreement, announced before an audience of more than 20,000 Rotary members from 160 countries gathered in Lisbon for the humanitarian group’s annual convention, the Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million per year through 2018!
HUMANITARIAN GRANT OPTIONS As mentioned in a different week there are grants for many things including humanitarian projects such as: (1) District Grants to help Rotary districts support short-term or long term humanitarian projects (they also support non-humanitarian projects like scholarships, exchange teams and more) (2) Global Grants to support international service projects involving Rotary Clubs or Districts in two or more countries; which fund long-term, sustainable, measurable grassroots development projects in one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.
JUST WHAT ARE PACKAGED GRANTS? Packaged grants are designed by Rotary and our strategic partners to help you carry out large-scale, sustainable projects. Because we've taken care of selecting partners, raising funds, and designing the project, you can focus your energy and expertise on bringing the project to life. Like global grants, packaged grants support our areas of focus and can include scholarships, humanitarian projects, and vocational training. The key difference is that the project's framework is provided for you.
We offer nursing scholarships and training for health educators with our partner Aga Khan University. With our partner UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, we fund scholarships for water and sanitation professionals. Vocational training and medical service teams work with our partner Mercy Ships. These grants are funded 100% by the World Fund.
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP? Established in 1947, the original Ambassadorial Scholarship program, valued in excess of $20,000 was designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. With the launch of the Rotary Grants model, scholarships are now used to fund study by graduate students whose career goals support an area of focus. The funding is the same as a Humanitarian global grant with a minimum scholarship amount of US$30,000. Upon returning home, Rotary Scholars share with Rotarians and others their experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country, and what career they will go into in order to meet the six areas of focus and spread good will and understanding.
ROTARY DIRECT TESTIMONIAL FROM TERRY ZIEGLER IN 2014 “I received my Gift Acknowledgement from Rotary International today recognizing the contributions I made on a credit card through Rotary Direct in 2013. This is one more reason to give by Rotary Direct - you get one Gift Statement at the end of the year rather than each time you mail a check. That's in addition to the fact that it's automatic, it's easy - no checks to mail, no stamp cost (going up soon), and the fact that Rotary has determined that it costs them less to process contributions from credit cards than checks due to the low rate they pay, the rebate they receive from Visa ($ millions currently going to PolioPlus) and the labor required to process large numbers of checks.”
ROTARY DIRECT IS SAFE, SECURE AND EASY…SIGN UP TODAY!
Distinguished Rotary Foundation Alumni: Some of the world’s most distinguished leaders are alumni of Rotary’s programs (current and past), including: Ambassador Otto Borch of Denmark, the late Carlos Alberto da Monta Pinto, Prime Minister of Portugal; Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Bill Moyers, prominent television journalist and former deputy director of the U.S. Peace Corps; Paul Volcker, professor, economist and former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank; Sir William Dean, last governor of the Commonwealth of Australia; Philip Lader, former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain; and renowned pianist Van Cliburn, winner of the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.
DO LARGE GRANTS EVER TAKE PLACE HERE? Yes! Rotary global grants can have large projects, scholarships, vocational teams all here in the US or in Canada…or in any Rotary country/region. One of the most amazing aspects of our great foundation is that there are opportunities for large projects where ever there is need. Criteria must be met but there have been and will continue to have large-scale projects in “developed” countries. If you want to see them in motion go to vimeo.com and view the wonderful Grant done after Katrina hit…See your Foundation and other nations come together to help where there is great need!
YOUR FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THOSE IN NEED WHICH MAY BE IN YOUR TOWN!
WHAT IS A ROTARY PEACE FELLOW? Established in 2002, each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of the peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. Two types of peace fellowships are available. We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15–24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Each year we award up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:
University of Queensland, Australia
Uppsala University, Sweden
WHAT IS A ROTARY FOUNDATION GLOBAL GRANT FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING? Established in 1965-66, the Group Study Exchange Program was an educational program that promoted international understanding through organized travel and personal contact. The program evolved as Rotary updated its grant model and placed this activity within global grants. Vocational training under global grants builds skills within a community by offering local training or by supporting groups of professionals traveling abroad for rigorous study in their profession
or to teach local professionals about a particular field. This type of training is often effective in conjunction with a humanitarian project.
WHAT ARE SOME FINANCIAL BEST PRACTICES WITH GRANT FUNDS?
LAST WEEK I TOLD YOU WHAT SHARE WAS; NOW I’LL TELL YOU WHY IT IS CALLED SHARE.
The Rotary Foundation’s funding system is called SHARE because the name defines what the system does:
Rotarians SHARE their resources with their fellow Rotarians around the world;
The Rotary Foundation Trustees SHARE some of their decision-making responsibilities with the 540 Rotary Districts; and
Rotarians SHARE Rotary with the world through their Rotary Foundation.
DO ALL OF OUR COOMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS HAVE TO BE DONE THROUGH THE FOUNDATION?
The answer is no, however it is a wonderful way to get involved in your community. Community service projects are born when Rotary clubs from two or more countries join together to accomplish a community service project. These projects link and connect ideas from Rotary Clubs needing extra help with clubs in other countries that are willing to provide funds, materials and technical and professional assistance. Please share your service projects with the Rotary world and friends of Rotary by going to www.rotary.org, www.ideas.rotary.org and then sharing your project on Rotary showcase.
DISTRICT GRANTS - HELPING AT HOME Have we as a club spoken to the District Governor or our District Rotary Foundation Chair about what we want to do as a club? What do we want to do? Is there a project we would all find worthy? If so, let’s take action and get Foundation funds to come together as a club and change the world….on project at a time
WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S FUNDING CYCLE? The Rotary Foundation has a unique funding cycle that utilizes contributions for programs three years after they are received. The three year cycle gives districts time for program planning and participant selections, and allows The Rotary Foundation to invest the contributions. The earnings from those investments help pay for administration, program operations and fund development costs. Your contribution in Rotary year 2013-14 will be invested in Rotary year 2014-15, and projects will be selected in Rotary year 2015-16, with the funds actually spent in Rotary year 2016-17.
WHAT IS THE NEW GRANT MODEL DESIGNED TO DO?
WHAT ARE THE SIX AREAS OF FOCUS?
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION – CONTINUING TO EMPOWER ROTARIANS AT HOME AND ABROAD AS WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS THE “GOOD WE DO IN THE WORLD.”
WHAT CAN YOUR $1,000 DONATION TO THE ROTARY FOUNDATION DO?
Your $1,000.00 donation to The Rotary Foundation can help provide all materials necessary for the construction of a deep bore well in India which supplies clean drinking water to more than 300 people, materials to treat and prevent parasites and anemia in need children in Uruguaiana, R.S., Brazil, or purchase a tree nursery in Jamaica that will annually produce 5,000 tree seedlings and increase family income for 700 farmers, or provide artificial limbs to 25 disabled persons in Calcutta, India, or buy kitchen equipment for an orphanage in Peru, or provide a cow and animal husbandry training to a widow in Uganda where civil war shattered the economy and children die because of a lack of protein and calcium in their diets, or buy polio vaccine for 2,000 babies in Nigeria, or fund enough textbooks to educate 2,000 children in a school in Papua New Guinea, or provide 20 $50.00 micro-loans enabling women in Nicaragua to start a craft business to support their families.
WHAT KIND OF ROTARY SERVICE AWARDS ARE THERE?
District Service Award recognizes Rotarians at the District level who serve humanity through Rotary Foundation programs and are awarded by the District Governor.
Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes one Rotarian from each District during each Rotary year for demonstrated active service to the Rotary Foundation.
Distinguished Service Award is The Rotary Foundation’s highest service award and recognizes the recipients’ exemplary service to The Rotary Foundation which must extend beyond the District level and over an extended period of time.