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The Rotary Foundation
HISTORY
The Rotary Foundation was started by Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph in 1917 and was started “for the purpose of doing good in the world.”
Today 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 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.  This support is essential to make possible Foundation grant-funded projects that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.
In 95 years the Foundation has received contributions in excess of $3 Billion.  In Rotary year 2011-2012 the Foundation programs totaled $204 Million in spending.
PROGRAMS
Rotary clubs or Rotary districts can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships.  The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.  The Foundation’s programs and projects work toward specific goals in one or more of the following areas of focus:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
 
The major Foundation programs are PolioPlus, Rotary Peace Fellowships, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchange, District Grants, Global Grants and Packaged Grants.
 
PolioPlus – since this program’s inception in 1985 more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.  At the start of 2014 there are 3 endemic counties remaining. As of June 2012, Rotary had committed more than $1.2 Billion to global polio eradication.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has contributed over $12,000.
 
Rotary Peace Fellowships – Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one or our peace centers.  These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses.  These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.  In the United States the peace centers are located at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
Ambassadorial Scholarships – The Foundation sponsors one of the largest international scholarship programs in the world.  Scholars study in a country other than their own, serving as unofficial goodwill ambassadors.  Since 1947, the Foundation has given scholarships to 41,385 scholars from over 130 countries at a cost of $552 Million.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton sponsored an Ambassadorial Scholarship recipient in 2008-2009.  This program ended June 30, 2013.
 
Group Study Exchange – These annual awards are made to paired Rotary districts to provide travel expenses for a team on non-Rotarians from a variety of professions.  Rotarian hosts organize a four-to-six week itinerary of vocational, educations and cultural activities.  Since 1965, 71,300 people (more than 15,000 teams) from 106 countries and geographical areas have participated at a cost of roughly $116 Million.  This program ended June 30, 2013.
 
District Grants – District Grants are block grants that enable Rotary clubs and Rotary districts to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad.  Rotary districts manage and disburse these funds to support district and club-sponsored activities, including vocational training teams, scholarships, humanitarian service projects, and cultural exchanges, provided they are aligned with the Foundation’s mission.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has used the funds from District Grants to assist with vocational training at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, engineering exploring camp scholarships for the Boy Scouts of America, books for the library at the Child Development Association in Roswell, care to be kind program at Holcomb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, shelter box for international disaster relief, GED scholarship for North Georgia students and many others.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has been awarded in excess of $25,000 in District Grants.
 
Global Grants – offer Rotary clubs and Rotary districts the opportunity to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities.  These grants fund large-scale international humanitarian projects, vocational training teams, and scholarships that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six areas of focus.  Global grant projects must have a total budget of $30,000 or more.  All Global grants must be sponsored by two clubs or districts: a host partner in the country where the activity takes place and an international partner outside that country.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton was awarded a global grant in 2009 in the amount of $000000 which was used to purchase a tractor that was shipped to Heart for Africa’s Project Canaan in Swaziland, Africa.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has submitted a global grant in 2013-2014 in the amount of $200,000 which will be used to fund a portion of the cost to construct a water dam at Project Canaan in Swaziland, Africa.  This is the single largest Foundation grant in the 100 year history of District 6900.  This global grant required the Rotary Club of North Fulton to match $50,000 which was raised in 2012-2013.
 
Packaged Grants – Packaged grants support predesigned projects developed by the Foundation and its strategic partners, which are organizations that work in one or more of the Foundation’s six areas of focus and can offer financial support, technical expertise, or advocacy.  These are long-term, sustainable projects where the Rotary club’s focus is on the implementation of the project.     Rotary’s strategic partners included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Shelter Box, Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library, Goodwill Industries International, International Reading Association, United Nations, World Bank, UNESCO, and many others.
 
FUNDING
The Rotary Foundation is funded from contributions to either the Annual Fund or the Endowment Fund.
 
Annual Fund – is the primary source of funding for the broad range of local and international Foundation activities.  Every Rotarian, Every Year (“EREY”) is the fundraising campaign to encourage support for the Foundation’s Annual Fund.  EREY aims to engage every Rotary club member by encouraging every Rotarian to contribute to the Annual Fund every year and to participate in a Foundation grant or program every year.
 
Fifty percent of the contributions are used to pay for the worldwide grant and program opportunities available to all Rotary districts.  Three years later the other fifty percent is returned to the district where the contributions originated and are used for District Grants. 
 
Endowment - ensures the long-term viability of the Foundation and its grants and programs.  Contributions are invested in perpetuity and a percentage of the total value of the fund is spent annually to benefit Foundation grants and programs.  Contributions to the Endowment can be outright gifts of property, cash or investments, and life income gifts and testamentary gifts or life insurance policies.
 
RECONGITION - Individuals
The Rotary Foundation shows its appreciation to individuals for personal outright contributions supporting its humanitarian and educational activities.
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member – is an individual who contributes $100 or more each year to the Annual Fund.  Every member of the Rotary Club of North Fulton, past and present are Sustaining Members each year.
Paul Harris Fellow – recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes (or in whose name is contributed) $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus or an approved Foundation grant.  A certificate and pin is award.  At the beginning of Rotary year 2013-14 the Rotary Club of North Fulton had 30 members of which 26 are Paul Harris Fellows.  In addition 11 spouses are Paul Harris Fellows.  At the beginning of the Rotary year 2013-2014 the Rotary Club of North Fulton had recognized 116 individuals as Paul Harris Fellows.
Certificate of Appreciation – to recognize a business or organization when a donor has contributed $1,000 to the Foundation.
Multiple Paul Harris Fellow – recognition is given at subsequent $1,000 contribution levels.  Recognition consists of a pin set with additional stones corresponding to the recipient’s contribution amount.  There are nine levels of PHF ranging up to $9,999 in Foundation giving.  At the beginning of the Rotary year 2013-2014 the Rotary Club of North Fulton had 20 multiple Paul Harris Fellows.
Paul Harris Society – recognizes individuals who contribute at least $1,000 each year to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus or an approved Foundation Grant.  A PHS pin is awarded in recognition of being a Paul Harris Society member.  At the beginning of the Rotary year 2013-2014 the Rotary Club of North Fulton had 8 Paul Harris Society members.
Major Donor – individuals or couples whose combined giving has reached $10,000.  Major Donors receive a crystal recognition piece and pin or pendant.  There are four levels of Major Donor status ranging up to $249,999 in Foundation giving.  Over the 12+ year history of the Rotary Club of North Fulton we have had 8 members who became Major Donors to the Foundation.
Arch C. Klumph Society – donors who contribute $250,000 or more become members of the Arch C. Klumph Society.  Their portraits and biographies are housed in located in Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.  There are four levels of Arch C. Klumph Society ranging up to $1,000,000 in Foundation giving.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has 1 Arch C. Klumph Society member, Kathy Myers who died on July 2, 2012 while an active member of the Club.
Benefactor – is an individual who informs the Rotary Foundation in writing that he or she has made a provision for the Foundation in his/her estate plan or makes an outright gift of $1,000 to the Endowment.  Recognition includes a certificate and insignia to be worn with the Rotary pin.  At the beginning of the Rotary year 2013-2014 the Rotary Club of North Fulton 7 members who were Benefactors.
Bequest Society – recognizes individuals or couples who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling $10,000 or more.  Recognition includes an engraved crystal and pin or pendent.  At the beginning of the Rotary year 2013-2014 the Rotary Club of North Fulton 5 members who were Bequest Society members.
RECONGITION – Clubs
The Rotary Foundation shows its appreciation to Rotary clubs for club’s results related to sum of the member’s contributions supporting the Foundation’s humanitarian and educational activities.
Every Rotarian, Every Year Club – a banner given annually to a Rotary club that achieve a minimum of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every active member of the club contributing some amount to the Annual Fund.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has been an EREY Club every year since it was chartered in February 2000.
100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club – a banner given annually to a Rotary club in which every active member personally contributes $100 or more to the Annual Fund.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has been a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club every year since it was chartered in February 2000.
Top Three Per Capita Clubs in Annual Fund Giving – each Rotary district gives a banner to the top three per capita giving clubs in each district.  The Rotary Club of North Fulton has received this honor several times and in Rotary year 2012-2013 the Club’s per capita giving was an all-time District 6900 record $16,682.
100% Paul Harris Fellow Club – is a one-time, point-in-time award which requires that every active member must be a Paul Harris Fellow.  The club receives a banner and the club is listed on Rotary International’s website www.rotary.org.  In Rotary year 2008-2009 the Rotary Club of North Fulton became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club becoming only the ## Rotary club in District 6900 to earn this honor.