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The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 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.

Paul Harris Fellow (PHF)

TRF receives its money from donations worldwide, mostly from individual Rotarians who, knowing of the vital work done by TRF, show their support by generous annual gifts. The Foundation encourages this giving by awarding Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of donations at various levels.

A Rotarian becomes a Sustaining Member with a gift of $100 which signifies their intention to complete a pledge totaling $1000 within ten years. When a total of $1000 has been given to the Foundation, the donor is named a Paul Harris Fellow and receives a pin to wear proudly, attesting to their support of Foundation programs.

Additional giving entitles the donor to a Paul Harris pin bearing a sapphire for each additional $1000 up to a total of five sapphires (which would represent a cumulative gift of $6000 or more).

Beyond $6,000, a Paul Harris pin bearing a ruby is given for each additional $1000 up to a total of three rubies signifying a gift of $9,000.

Major contributors who have given more than $10,000 to the Foundation are considered members of the Diamond Circle and are awarded Paul Harris Pins with one or more diamonds.

Rotary Benefactor (BEN)

A Rotary Benefactor is a Rotarian who has included the Rotary Foundation of RI in his or her will or estate.