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Through a planned gift, donors can provide ongoing support to Rotary programs. Donors can choose structured gifts to be made after their lifetimes, and take advantage of financial and tax benefits, which vary by country.
The most common gift structure is a provision in an estate plan. Worldwide opportunities include:
A provision in a will including codicils
A provision in a trust
Insurance beneficiary designations
Real estate and other asset transfers
Gifts of retirement plan assets or other financial accounts
Individuals who reside in the U.S. or who benefit from U.S. tax opportunities can structure gifts that may provide financial and tax benefits, such as:
Charitable Gift Annuities (immediate and deferred)
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Pooled Income Fund
Donor Advised Fund
RECURRING GIVING (ROTARY DIRECT)
Support our efforts year round by making a recurring gift. You choose how much and how often you want to give— it's a simple and secure way to make a big impact.
To update your existing recurring giving, contact us at email@example.com or call 1-866-976-8279 FREE. For security reasons, changes to your credit card information should be made by phone.
CHECK, DRAFT, OR WIRE PAYMENTS
Learn how to donate by different payment methods.
Your gift of marketable securities to The Rotary Foundation provides tax benefits and helps make an impact in lives both at home and around the world.
The Foundation offers several ways to structure your charitable gift that may provide tax and other financial benefits, including estate gifts, charitable gift annuities, and trusts.
With an endowed or term gift, you can designate a specific name for your contribution. Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, while a portion of their earnings is spent on a designated program. Term gifts are spent in their entirety on a specific program over an agreed period of time.
DONOR ADVISED FUNDS
The Rotary Foundation donor advised fund is a convenient way to simplify charitable giving and take advantage of U.S. tax savings. A Donor Advised Fund account is similar to a charitable checking account. You make contributions and recommend grants to the Foundation and other preferred charities at your convenience. An account may be established by individuals or Rotary-affiliated groups.
The Rotary Foundation accepts gifts of tangible property, such as jewelry or artwork, with the approval of the Gift Acceptance Committee. At this time, gifts of automobiles, boats, airplanes, and motorcycles are not accepted by the Foundation.
See The Rotary Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy for a complete list of criteria along with the required documents and information, or contact us to learn more.
The Rotary Foundation accepts gifts of real estate with a minimum appraised value of $25,000 (undeveloped property) and $100,000. When a donor makes an outright gift of real estate that is approved by the Gift Acceptance Committee, the Foundation takes immediate possession of and title to the property. The donor is entitled to a U.S. charitable tax deduction based upon the fair market value of the property when donated as determined by a qualified appraisal and may receive tax benefits in other countries as determined on a case by case basis. The net proceeds from the sale of the real estate support the Foundation.
For more detail about the process, please contact us to learn more. See The Rotary Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy for a complete list of criteria along with the required documents and information.
EMPLOYEE MATCHING GIFT
Double the impact of your gift by asking your employer to match your contribution to The Rotary Foundation. More than 15,000 companies match gifts to the Foundation, including many international corporations. Find out if your employer does at www.rotary.org/matchinggifts.
Through the United Airlines Mileage Plus Charity Miles program, you can donate miles to provide free airfare toward a club or district project.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
GROWTH OF THE FOUNDATION
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
EVOLUTION OF FOUNDATION PROGRAMS
1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
WELCOME TO ROTARY!
Rotary is proud to welcome you to our global community of more than 1.2 million men and women dedicated to building a better world.
You make Rotary stronger. By adding your skills, experience, and enthusiasm to your club, you can advance communities at home and on a global scale. Together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy, and poverty.
Through the Rotary community, you can exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with like-minded people. Take advantage of the resources and activities available through your club, district, and Rotary International to make your experience with Rotary both rewarding and fun.
HOW DO I START?
Get the most out of your membership by participating in club projects and activities.
Here are some ideas:
- Serve on a club committee where you can use your skills
- Identify a need in your community and suggest a hands-on project to address it
- Work with a youth service program sponsored by your club, such as Rotaract or Interact
- Host a Youth Exchange student
- Help organize your district’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programs
- Recommend a colleague or friend for membership in your club
HOW CAN I MEET OTHER ROTARIANS?
Rotary’s global network provides a great opportunity to expand your contacts and friendships to other countries while creating a foundation of support with communities around the world.
Explore Rotary’s global opportunities:
- Attend Rotary’s annual convention
- Connect with Rotarians around the world who share your hobbies and personal interests or your service interests
- Get involved with your club’s international service projects
- Participate in a vocational training team
- Join the Cadre of Technical Advisers
RESOURCES & REFERENCE
- Connect for Good
- The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide
- The Rotarian or your regional Rotary magazine
- Rotary Video Magazine collections
- Take a course in the Learning Center
- Enroll in a webinar
- Watch features on Rotary projects
- Check our discussion groups
- Your sponsor
- Club members
- Club committees
The Rotary Foundation Trustees have set a goal for the Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative: raising $150 million in gifts and commitments by June 2017. The funds will be used to build an endowment to ensure the program’s continuation for future generations as well as meet its immediate expenses.
Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.
Today, almost 900 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.
The Rotary Foundation established the initiative in 2005 with the goal of raising $95 million, which has nearly been reached. The current $150 million goal will finally endow the program.
Give now to the Rotary Peace Centers
|YOU ARE INVITED TO DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2015 !|
and overcoming them
is what makes life meaningful.”
~ Joshua J. Marine
Below is a follow-up report:
In October 2014 a Rotary Humanitarian Grant was approved to establish an operational water supply and delivery system for Kigogo Sub-Village in Tanzania.
A consortium of ten U.S. Rotary Clubs and third party donors united with the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania (Host Club) for this cause. In District 6000 the Clubs are: Rotary Club of Ames, Rotary Club of Ames- Morning, Rotary Club of Des Moines, Rotary Club of Grinnell, Rotary Club of Indianola, Rotary Club of Newton and Rotary Club of Pella. There are three clubs outside District 6000 as well: Rotary Club of Webster City, Iowa (District 5970), Rotary Club of Hudson, Wisconsin (District 5960) and Rotary Club of South Pasadena, California (District 5300). Third party donors were Hy-Vee, Inc. and Rewerts Well Drilling. Several Rotarians of District 6000 gave personal donations.
Since the grant approval, well bore holes have been dug. The exact site for the water well has not yet been finalized by Same District Water Engineer. The Rotary Club of Same will also be hiring a Project Manager in the immediate future. Once these are in place contracts can be bid and let for the project. Plans are for monthly reports to come from the project.
The Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania is deeply grateful. This will be an exciting time for Rotarians in the United States and Tanzania.
Mary Wells, Grant Communicator, Rotary Club of Ames
Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting. They decided to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.
The first four Rotarians (from left): Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905-12.
Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.
In August 1910, Rotarians held their first convention in Chicago. The 16 clubs that existed at that time united to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs.
In 1912, the name changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect the addition of clubs in other countries. The name Rotary International was adopted in 1922.
By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members on six continents.
Rotary’s reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, and composer Jean Sibelius.
As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.