PDG Dr. D. Michael Hart, D7475 Rotary Foundation Director
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International. Through the Foundation, Rotary does great work all over the world, both through grants to Rotary Clubs and to organizations fighting our common goal of eliminating polio from the globe.
We celebrated our Foundation's first 100 years in 2016-2017. Click on the image to learn more about the Foundation's centenary.
But what is the Foundation? This excerpt was taken from the Rotary Foundation website:
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
Our District and our Clubs worked hard to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. We gave freely because we knew that we were serving the greater good. Here are links to additional information.
- Annual Giving and EREY - the purpose of regular, annual giving (as reflected in the "Every Rotarian Every Year" project) is to help support the Rotary Foundation with steady income. This in turn helped provide our District with funds from the Foundation that we awarded as District Grants.
- District Grants - the committee evaluated grant requests from Clubs and helped assure that Clubs were properly trained to administer grants from the Rotary Foundation.
- Fundraising - Eat, Drink and Share - only one District-wide fundraising event, and it was a great one, being continued in new District 7475! Click above to learn more about how eating delicious food can raise money for our Rotary Foundation!
- Major Gifts and Endowment Fund - provides special income to meet the demand for Foundation programs and to expand its ability to meet urgent human needs around the world. This endowed fund is invested in perpetuity.
- Paul Harris Fellow -a special recognition provided by the Rotary Foundation for people who contribute a minimum of $1,000 over any period of time.
- Paul Harris Society - members of the Society contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to the Rotary Foundation.
- Polio Plus - the Rotary Foundation's special program to eliminate the scourge of the polio virus from everywhere on the globe.
- Scholarship and Peace Fellows - Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
The following video was posted by Rotary International on the Vimeo platform.