November is Rotary Foundation Month

At the Rotary Convention in 2019 in Hamburg, Germany the General Secretary reported:

“Rotary clubs and districts worldwide show great enthusiasm for global grants, as the number of applications and approvals increases year after year. During this Rotary year, 1,117 global grant applications had been approved, with total funding of $79.7 million (as of 1 May). Worldwide, 90 percent of districts and 13 percent of clubs are participating in global grants to make the world better through sustainable projects. In addition, 451 district grant applications were approved — representing 83 percent of districts worldwide — to support more than 12,000 activities.

“As part of our focus on project sustainability and impact, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team are required to conduct a community assessment. These assessments help our members understand the community they wish to serve and what it needs, forge stronger relationships with community partners, and clarify what success would mean for that community and the beneficiaries. These assessments make all the difference in a project’s long-term success, or sustainability."


“We set a comprehensive fundraising goal of $380 million for the year. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, as of 30 April, Rotarians and friends of the Foundation had raised $318 million toward this goal.

“For the 11th consecutive year, the Foundation received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading independent charity evaluator in the U.S. This rating placed the Foundation among the top 1 percent of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator.

“When referring to the generosity of our donors, who are these people? They are Rotarians, they are friends of Rotarians, they are you and they are me."

From The Rotary Foundation:

Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.

Individual donor recognition

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member: When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.

Benefactor: When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright.

Paul Harris Fellow: When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow: When you give additional gifts of $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

Paul Harris Society member: When you elect to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

Bequest Society: When you make a commitment for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society.

Major Donor: When your cumulative donations reach $10,000.

Arch Klumph Society: When your cumulative donations reach $250,000.