Rotary Foundation Committee
- Rotary Foundation Chair: Margarita Lartitegui
- Annual Giving - Alfredo Aguirre
- Polio Plus - Raul De Castro
- Group Study Exchange – Joe Altschul
- Educational Grants, Scholarships World Peace Fellow / Matching Grants/District Simplified Grants - Liliana Pinzon
- Alumni – Steve Press
Our club Foundation Committee is charged with building a broad support for The Rotary Foundation programs, and leveraging TRF district and global grants to support our local and international projects.
The Rotary Foundation funds district grants and global grants. District grants are block grants to districts that fund scholarships, projects, and travel that align with the mission of The Rotary Foundation. Global grants fund scholarships, projects, vocational training teams, and some travel within the six areas of focus that are sustainable, measurable, and host community-driven.
Rotary Foundation Mission
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 is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Through Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians and other contributors help change the world. They can finance a well for a village that lacks clean water, improve the environment, or provide scholarships to educate the next generation. The grants and programs available to Rotarians allow them to realize Rotary’s humanitarian mission throughout the world, including our number-one goal of eradicating polio.
Group Study Exchange, Vocational Training Teams
- Cultural and Vocational Exchanges for business people between 25 and 40 in early stages of careers.
- Program provides travel grant for teams to exchange visits in paired areas for a few weeks to experience the host country’s culture and institutions, and exchange vocational experience.
- GSE teams are funded with District Grants and administered at the District Level. VTT teams have shorter, more focused exchanges and are funded with Glonal Grants.
Educational Grants, Scholarships, World Peace Fellowships
- Different Rotary scholarships are available at the District and Global level
- District Grants can fund Ambassadorial Scholars and other educational scholarships
- Global Grants fund World Peace Fellowship and Rotary Scholars
Rotary Foundation Alumni
A goal of this committee is to develop a program to keep in touch with the Rotary Foundation alumni. If you are or know of a Rotary Foundation Alumni, former Ambassadorial Scholar, Group Study Exchange Team Member or another beneficiary of Rotary Foundation Programs living in our area of greater Weston, please contact us so that we can invite you to our events and meetings!
To eradicate polio, Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands. They’re working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries. Since the PolioPlus program’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge is the Rotary Foundation's response to the two grants totaling $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. The challenge was completed in June 2012.
- Disaster Recovery - Allows Rotarians to donate money in response to specific disasters. Funds are distributed to local committees to support recovery efforts. The program was created in 2005-06, and the Foundation currently administers four Disaster Recovery accounts: Hurricanes Stan and Wilma (Guatemala and Mexico), Hurricane Wilma (United States), the Earthquake in India and Pakistan, and Solidarity in South Asia. Total contributions to the accounts were $6.4 million.
- The Foundation has identified six areas of focus that reflect critical humanitarian issues. They are: peace and conflict resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community development.
The Rotary Foundation offers several ways to recognize Rotarians and friends for their generous support.
A named gift is an outright contribution to Annual Programs Fund that provides immediate funding for a program. One hundred percent of the gift is spent on a designated program in that given year.
Anyone who contributes US$100 or more per year to the Annual Programs Fund is automatically recognized as a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Sustaining Members are critical to the Foundation. If every club member contributed $100 every year, Rotary could nearly double its efforts to help needy people worldwide and support the continued growth of its programs. All gifts cumulatively count toward other Foundation recognition programs.
You may become a Benefactor by making the Permanent Fund a beneficiary in your estate plans or by donating $1,000 or more to the fund outright.
Couples or individuals who have made commitments of $10,000 or more in their estate plans, such as in a will, living trust, or through whole or universal life insurance, can become Bequest Society members. All Bequest Society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin. You must ask to become a Bequest Society member by filling out a form.
Paul Harris Fellow
Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.
The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals whose combined personal outright or cumulative giving has reached $10,000. All outright contributions made to the Foundation are included in this total, regardless of the gift designation. Recognition for giving is made at incremental levels, with Level Six commemorating $1 million or greater.
Arch C. Klumph Society
Donors whose cumulative gifts total $250,000 or more will become members of the Arch C. Klumph Society and have their photos displayed permanently in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery at RI headquarters.
For additional information on programs of The Rotary Foundation or donations, please contact Mark Huard. Email Mark.