The Rotary Foundation

A message from District Governor Sam Kevan

 

November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH.  Undoubtedly the impact of Rotary worldwide would be a fraction of what it is if it weren’t for The Rotary Foundation. 

In my club visits, I have been reminding Rotarians of the impact of The Rotary Foundation through the 7 areas of focus:

  • Peacemaking

  • Fighting disease especially with a new project in fighting malaria

  • Improving maternal and child health outcomes

  • Providing clean water and improving sanitation

  • Improving literacy through education

  • Bringing economic development to impoverished communities 

  • Protecting the environment

Of course, the work of The Rotary Foundation does not happen without our generous support. I want to especially thank Sustaining Members, Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society members, and Major Donors for their consistency and generosity in supporting The Rotary Foundation. It is you who recognize the significance of The Rotary Foundation possessing a 4 Star rating with Charity Navigator for 14 straight years. This is a rating granted to only the top 1% of charities. You realize that with this efficiency and impact, your money is being wisely and effectively used.

The Rotary Foundation
A message from District Governor Sam Kevan
 
November is ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH.  Undoubtedly the impact of Rotary worldwide would be a fraction of what it is if it weren’t for The Rotary Foundation. 
In my club visits, I have been reminding Rotarians of the impact of The Rotary Foundation through the 7 areas of focus:
  • Peacemaking
  • Fighting disease especially with a new project in fighting malaria
  • Improving maternal and child health outcomes
  • Providing clean water and improving sanitation
  • Improving literacy through education
  • Bringing economic development to impoverished communities 
  • Protecting the environment
Of course, the work of The Rotary Foundation does not happen without our generous support. I want to especially thank Sustaining Members, Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society members, and Major Donors for their consistency and generosity in supporting The Rotary Foundation. It is you who recognize the significance of The Rotary Foundation possessing a 4 Star rating with Charity Navigator for 14 straight years. This is a rating granted to only the top 1% of charities. You realize that with this efficiency and impact, your money is being wisely and effectively used.
You have probably heard the term “Every Rotarian Every Year.” (The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative encourages all Rotary club members to contribute $25 every year to help us reach our goal to support the Rotary Foundation financially each year.)
Unfortunately, in our District last year we had only 43% of Rotarian members actually contributed to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation. There were 7 clubs in which no member contributed. I would hope that with the amazing record of what The Rotary Foundation does in the world, every Rotarian will be motivated to contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund this year because that is all it takes to be counted as Every Rotarian Every Year.  My goal for this year is that at least 80% of our District’s members will meet this bar of giving and that none of our clubs totally ignore giving to the Annual Fund. 
Also, a club can be an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club when each member gives at least $25 during the year and the per capita giving for the club is at least $100 during the year.
One other important reason to give is to increase the funds available for your own club’s District Grants as well as Global Grants from the District.  About one-half of what you give to the Annual Fund this year comes back to our District three years from now as DDF or District Designated Funds. A sizable portion of DDF is what’s available to your local clubs for matching District Grants that funds club projects in your local communities. Last year our District ran out of funds to grant by March, and this year the amount available to grant is even less. 
Your support of the Annual Fund is vital in sustaining and increasing our District Grant program.
 There are many EASY ways to give. You can:
  • Donate online at any time by visiting rotary.org/donate and make a one-time or recurring gift. This is a great opportunity for Giving Tuesday this year.
  • Give year-round support by setting up a recurring monthly or quarterly gift that comes automatically from a credit card or checking account by visiting https://my.rotary.org/en/rotary-direct.
  • Enroll in Rotary Direct. Visit my.rotary.org/rotary-direct. This is a convenient way to be a Sustaining Member ($100 per year) at $8.50 per month or a Paul Harris Society member $1000 per year) at $85 per month.
  • Double your gift by asking your employer to match it. Visit rotary.org/matchinggifts or check with your human resources department about this possibility.
  • Mail your contribution to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693
For retirees with qualified retirement IRA’s or 401K’s you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution directly from your IRA without any tax liability. For more information regarding this method of giving contact Vicky Perez by e-mail: vicky.perez@rotary.org or telephone: (847) 866-3401.
Also, don’t forget the opportunity to leave a Rotary Legacy by making a future gift to The Rotary Foundation through your will, and becoming a member of The Bequest Society. For more information, please email: legacy@rotary.org
I invite you to share my passion for the work of The Rotary Foundation by making The Rotary Foundation one of your charities of choice.  Thank you for your support! 
Sam Kevan
Rotary 5470 District Governor
 

The Rotary Foundation FAQs
 
Are you wondering how you can make a big difference during Rotary Foundation Month? Here are some FAQ’s about Foundation giving: 
 
Q: What are Major Gifts and how are they different from Major Donors?
A: Major Donors are individuals and couples whose combined cumulative outright giving over time to The Rotary Foundation reaches $10,000 or more. Major Gifts are donations of $10,000 or more made at one time, either as outright gifts or planned gifts through your estate. Major gifts at times may be made with a 3-year pledge.
 
Q: Where do I find the Endowment documents and forms?
 
A: On the Zones 26 & 27 website Endowment/Major Gift Resources. Some favorites are: Pocket Guide to Planning a Legacy, Your Legacy Notification Card, and the “filing cabinet” in the Planned Giving Resources A to Z.
 
Q: Where can I learn more or talk to someone about making a gift?
 
A: Our team includes our Rotary Major Giving & Planned Gift Officers:
 
  •     Elizabeth Cruft-Anderson: elizabeth.cruft-anderson@rotary.org
  •     Eric Thompson: eric.thompson@rotary.org
  •     Jon Teich: jon.teich@rotary.org
  •     Tabitha Sparks: tabitha.sparks@rotary.org
  •     Erin Groble: erin.groble@rotary.org
 
We encourage you to also contact your District Foundation and Endowment/Major Giving Chairs. And you can always contact your Zones 26 & 27 Endowment/Major Giving Officers:
 
  • Steve Lewis:  emgazone27@zone2627.org
  • Tom Walker:  emgazone26@zone2627.org
 

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The District needs someone to help with the District’s website. If you have some time each month to help keep things up-to-date on the website, contact Penny Wilson at penlynwilson@gmail.com. 
 
The Public Image Committee is also looking for members to help get District and Club news and events out to the public. This committee is an easy way to dip your toe in the water of volunteering at the District level. Just send Penny Wilson an email at penlynwilson@gmail.com and let her know you’re interested in helping out.