The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions
from Rotarians and friends of The Foundation. The financial support
The Foundation receives today will help secure many better tomorrows
for people all over the world through The Rotary Foundation's humanitarian
and educational programs.
Funds are raised from the followings:
- Annual Giving - Annual Giving
is the cornerstone of The Rotary Foundation's funding efforts. The
Annual Programs Fund finances the district's participation in international
projects of the Foundation.
- Major Gifts - Major Gifts are
gifts of at least US$10,000 made either to the Annual Programs Fund
or to the Permanent Fund of The Rotary Foundation.
- Permanent Fund - The Permanent
Fund (formely called "The Rotary Foundation Endowment for World
Understanding and Peace") is an endowed fund which is invested in
perpetuity, with a spending portion that benefits the Foundation
- Donor Services - Donor Services
performs a variety of customer service functions in direct,extensive
contact with donors, and their club and district officers within
assigned geographical territories.
The SHARE System is The Rotary Foundation's unique contribution allocation
system,which allows districts to determine how contributions are spent
and enables districts to participate in the Foundation's programs
which are of the most interest to them. Through SHARE, all district
Annual Giving is totaled at the end of the contribution year and is
divided into two funds, with 60% credited to the District Designated
Fund (DDF) and 40% credited to the World Fund (WF). Each district
is given an opportunity to allocate its DDF to fund the programs listed
as SHARE options. The World Fund pays for the other programs for which
every district may apply such as the annual Group Study Exchange,
3-H Grants, Matching Grants, Grants for Rotary Volunteers, Rotary
Peace Programs, and any new pilot programs. Read
more about Rotary Giving.
Paul Harris Fellow/Multiple Paul Harris
Fellow: Anyone who contributes - or
in whose name is contributed - a gift of US$1,000 or more to the
Annual Programs Fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul
Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris
Fellow pin, and a medallion. Donors are eligible for Paul Harris
Fellow recognition when their cumulative giving reaches US$1,000.
For additional gifts totaling US$1,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow:
· is recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow · may also choose
to honor someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow with their Foundation
Recognition Points, formerly called "available credit" · is eligible
to receive a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin with additional stones.
Recognition levels are determined based on the following guidelines:
Recognition Total Pin Level US $2,000 to 2,999.99 one sapphire 3,000
to 3,999.99 two sapphires 4,000 to 4,999.99 three sapphires 5,000
to 5,999.99 four sapphires 6,000 to 6,999.99 five sapphires 7,000
to 7,999.99 one ruby 8,000 to 8,999.99 two rubies 9,000 to 9,999.99
Frequently Asked Questions about PHF's:
Q: What types of contributions are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow
or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition?
A: All contributions to the Annual Programs Fund and/or restricted
gifts are eligible.
Q: Can a business or organization be
a Paul Harris Fellow?
A: No. Occasionally, a donor contributes US$1,000 and wishes to
recognize a business or organization. In these instances, since
Paul Harris Fellow recognition can only be presented to individuals,
a Certificate of Appreciation is given instead.
Q: Can I name someone else a Paul Harris
A: Yes. There are two ways to do this: You may make a contribution
of US$1,000 and ask that the recognition be awarded to another person.
Or you may contribute Recognition Points to another person. Recognition
Points are accumulated when a Paul Harris Fellow has made a personal
contribution in addition to his or her initial gift of US$1,000.
At the same time that the donor's recognition level increases through
this new gift, he or she also accrues Recognition Points, which
can be transferred to other donors' accounts. If 1,000 Recognition
Points are transferred to one person, that individual becomes a
Paul Harris Fellow. The Recognition
Points can also be split between multiple accounts. For example,
if 1,000 Recognition Points were divided equally between two people
who had not previously contributed to the Foundation, each of those
individuals would need to contribute only an additional US$500 to
become Paul Harris Fellows.
Q: Can Recognition Points also be used
to name Multiple Paul Harris Fellows?
A: Yes. A donor who is already a Paul Harris Fellow becomes a Multiple
Paul Harris Fellow if 1,000 Recognition Points are transferred to
his or her account.
Q: When do Recognition Points expire?
A: Foundation Recognition Points no longer expire. For further
information on Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition,
contact your Donor Services representative. Be sure to include your
district number when sending any correspondence.
Q: What/who are Rotary Foundation Sustaining
A: Anyone who commits to the Foundation in writing to make a minimum
gift of US$100 or more every year to the Annual Programs Fund will
be recognized as a Sustaining Member. Sustaining Members receive a
membership card and sticker to affix to their club name badges for
each year they participate in the program.
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