Rotary Foundation Fund Development Categories / PHF FAQ's

Fund Development: 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 programs annually.
  • 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.

About SHARE: 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.

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 three rubies.

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 Fellow?
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. Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members 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 a sticker to affix to their club name badges for each year that they participate in the program.

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