There a few focused things that The Rotary Foundation does:
- Fund Raising – The Rotary Foundation
- Every Rotarian – Every year – $100 +
- Analyze, Vet and Recommend for Club Board approval
- District Grants – Matching Rotary Funding
- Global Grants – Matching Rotary Funding
- Club projects – Internal Funding
The Paul Harris Fellow designation is earned when the Club member donates a cumulative total of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. If you are a sustainer who gives every year $100 to the Foundation, you will earn the Paul Harris Fellow designation in 10 years.
While this may be just a thought of having given substantially to the Foundation, it has a major psychological meaning to the recipient. I know that it meant a great deal to me personally when I became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2018. Realize that with over one million members, if they all became Paul Harris Fellows, that would amount to the Foundation receiving over $1 billion to do good in the world.
Here are the Club members who became a Paul Harris Fellow for the first time, or moved up one level in the Paul Harris designation this past Rotary year. Note that a number of members reached the ‘+’ designation for each additional donation of $1,000:
- Bob Buruchian, PHF
- Art Polacheck, PHF
- Jan Savarick, PHF
- Abby Ehrman-Klayman, PHF+1
- Nancy L. Scantland-Bickel, PHF+1
- Kenneth W. Davis, PHF+3
- John E. Phillips, PHF+3
- Ben Krieger, PHF+4
- Myron-Elaine Yudkin, PHF+8
Also, 60% of our members have become Paul Harris Fellows.
Giving to the Foundation is wonderful in itself enabling Rotarians to do so much good in the world. Currently, The Rotary Foundation is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate Polio from the Earth which should meet the health requirement in the next few years.