The Rotary Foundation (TRF) started in 1917 and is Rotary’s major fundraising arm. It receives gifts from many sources but it primarily receives gifts from rotary clubs and personal gifts from Rotarians. Gifts are tax deductible. TRF directs 50% of donated monies to the World Fund. 50% of donations are returned back to districts in three years’ time to support District Grants, Global Grants, Vocation Training Teams and Area of Focus Scholarships. Our club is entitled to apply for and has been successful in receiving funds from this source for our projects in the past.
The Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
Our Club and its members have a long history of support of The Rotary Foundation. Annually our club makes a gift to The Rotary Foundation and a separate gift to Polio Plus.
Additionally in 2017/18 eight of our members have achieved ‘Centurion’ status (meaning that they personally donated $100 to The Rotary Foundation).
Gifts to The Rotary Foundation are important as those funds are returned to clubs via District and Global grants. Our club has benefitted from such grants to support various projects
Club gifts to The Rotary Foundation also earn Paul Harris Fellow points which allows our club to make Paul Harris Fellow awards.