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Every Rotarian Every Year November 2012
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Doing good just got easier

Rotary Direct, Rotary’s recurring giving program, saves time, money, and lives. Contributions go directly to The Rotary Foundation, resulting in faster processing and quicker achievement of your club and personal charitable goals.

Enrollment is as easy as one, two, three: (1) Select your fund, (2) choose your amount, and (3) indicate how often you wish to contribute. Sign up once to give continuous support.

Five tips for increasing your club’s Foundation giving

Over the past four years, the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset, Hawaii, USA, has averaged $803 in per capita giving. District Annual Giving Subcommittee Chair Richard Zegar offers his top tips for increasing your club’s giving:

1. Select committed Rotarians to serve in fundraising positions for several years in a row. This consistency contributes to an “atmosphere of giving.”

2. Meet one-on-one with members to discuss The Rotary Foundation’s work. Then ask them to join you in supporting the Foundation.

3. Recognize new members by making donations to the Foundation in their names. Not only will you introduce them to individual recognition opportunities, but you’ll also encourage their continued support.

4. Use Foundation reports to inform members of their current recognition levels and encourage them to reach the next level. Acknowledge club members who attain higher giving levels.

5. Explain how effective and efficient The Rotary Foundation is compared with other charities. For example, tell members that 100 percent of their donations fund programs.

Read more about the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative.

Canadian Rotarians inducted into Arch C. Klumph Society

The Rotary Foundation recently inducted six couples from Canada into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors donors who give US$250,000 or more to the Foundation. The Canada Day induction ceremony took place at RI World Headquarters in Evanston on 25 October.

Inductee Sandy MacKay said he and his wife decided to join the society after they received a request from Trustee Chair Wilfrid J. Wilkinson. “I think that for the Arch C. Klumph Society to grow, more high-level asking must be done,” says Past Governor MacKay of District 5360 (Canada — parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan).

New process for submitting your club giving goals

A new online tool is saving trees and saving time for club and district leaders. Rotary Club Central lets club officers set and submit their club’s Foundation giving goals online. The tool replaces The Rotary Foundation Fund Development Club Goal Report Form and offers a clear and simple method for capturing and monitoring Foundation giving goals. District leaders also have access to their clubs’ information and can make updates as needed.

Member Access: Have you logged in recently?

Member Access isn’t just a tool for updating your contact information or paying dues. It’s an online destination offering a variety of useful information and functions that can enhance your Rotary experience.

If you haven’t explored the site for a while, here are three reasons you should log in to Member Access.

1. Track club goals. Launched in July, Rotary Club Central makes it possible for you to monitor your club’s progress and achievements in three key areas: membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. Once you’ve entered this data, your club members, district governor, and assistant governor can also follow your accomplishments.

2. Publicize your projects. Through Rotary Showcase, you can promote your club’s achievements to other Rotarians and Facebook friends. Add your project or browse the site to see the good work other clubs are doing.

3. Sign up for training. Learn about Rotary’s Strategic Plan, six areas of focus, and how to apply for the Foundation’s new grants. Each course includes resources and its own online community where you can talk with other participants and course moderators. Go to learn.rotary.org and register for a course today.

First projects launched with strategic partners

Rotarians recently implemented some of the first projects undertaken with the Foundation’s strategic partners. A vocational training team from Nigeria visited Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda, where they shared their expertise in nursing education with faculty. In the Philippines, Rotarians are working with clients of Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc., a microfinance institute in Oikocredit’s network, to improve business skills and strengthen their market presence by forming small cooperatives.

Packaged grants offer unique opportunities for qualified Rotary clubs and districts to work with the Foundation’s strategic partners. These grants support projects that fall within the six areas of focus, and they are fully funded by the World Fund and the strategic partners. You can support the World Fund and Rotary’s work in the areas of focus by making a contribution to the Annual Fund.

Contribution figures

2012-13 Annual Fund goal: US$120 million
Contributions as of 30 September: US$15.2 million
Make your contribution today and help the Foundation reach its goal.

Have you seen the new EREY brochure?
Encourage all club members to contribute annually. Download the PDF or order the brochure on shop.rotary.org.
Foundation monthly messages
Read this month’s message from Trustee Chair Wilkinson.
Rotary Foundation meets all BBB standards for charities 
Read more about the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
Did you know?
You can now make contributions to The Rotary Foundation online on behalf of your club or multiple members. Read more about this new enhancement.
Every Rotarian, Every Year offers Annual Fund updates, articles on how Rotarians are meeting their clubs' goals, and stories about how Annual Fund contributions enhance people's lives. If you have questions or examples of successful fundraising strategies to share, contact us at erey@rotary.org.