Annual Giving
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
In honor of Foundation Month, I wanted to share an interesting article, “How to Measure the Impact of Your Charitable Donations” from the November 2015 issue of Kiplinger magazine.  Sandra Block writes about applying “the same due diligence to giving as you would to investing.”  She states that “Supporters of effective altruism tend to favor… charities that focus on the developing world because small amounts of money can make a huge different in the lives of people who may live on less than $2 a day.” 
What better organization to support than The Rotary Foundation which truly does work in your community and around the world.  When you contribute to The Rotary Foundation, you are supporting the programs and projects identified, developed and managed by your fellow Rotarians all over the world.  Your gifts help Rotarians just like you to better their communities.   The Rotary Foundation is unique since we inspire our members to participate in both giving and being involved with our projects. 
Click on this link to see how your district is doing:  District Fundraising Analysis.
Block writes, “Focus on impact, not overhead. Charity watchdog groups often rate organizations based on the amount they spend on administrative costs versus programs. That seems logical: Donors don’t want their money used to pay for excessive salaries and plush offices.”  Rotary is very competitive at keeping overhead low and is in fact rated highly by charity rating services. 
Earlier this year, The Rotary Foundation moved up 35 spots to 85th in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ranking of top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States.  “The Foundation recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.”   (“Foundation earns top honorsThe Rotarian, March 2015, page 47)
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Block writes, “Overhead is only one of several measures that Charity Navigator, the largest watchdog site, uses to evaluate a charity, says chief executive Michael Thatcher. A planned update of the site’s rating system will include a way to quantify whether a charity gets results.” 
Our annual report and financial reports offer opportunities for us to be open about our spending, and to show you what we can achieve together.  “In fiscal year 2013-14, only 2 percent of Foundation expenditures went to administrative expenses and 6 percent to fundraising. The Foundation directed 92 percent of its spending to programs, far exceeding the benchmarks that independent charity-rating services view as a measure of high efficiency.” (2013-14 Annual Report page 27).   
“Give generously to create a better world” is what Knight Kiplinger suggests in his article “Eight Keys to Financial Security.”  Kiplinger writes, “Your own financial security depends far more than you may think on the financial, physical and spiritual health of others in your community, our nation, our world. When you share your good fortune by donating your money, time and talent to charity, you help create a stronger economy and a healthier, safer world.” 
Related Articles
How to Measure the Impact of your Charitable Donations” [Kiplinger magazine, November 2015, pages 11-12]
Eight Keys to Financial Security” [Kiplinger magazine, December 2008]
Foundation earns top honors” [The Rotarian magazine, March 2015, pages 47-49]
Charity Navigator Letter” [from President & Chief Executive Officer at Charity Navigator]
The Overhead Myth Letter” [from Better Business Bureau, Guide Star & Charity Navigator]
Make your gift to The Rotary Foundation today!  Happy Foundation Month!
Best regards,
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Amanda Runge
Annual Giving Officer for Zones 28 & 29 | The Rotary Foundation
Tel 1.847.425.5612
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P.s.  Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
Credit Cards:   
  • Via – must be authorized by midnight on Thursday, 31 December 2015.
  • Via fax (847-328-5260), phone (866-976-8279) or mail - must be received prior to the close of business on Thursday, 31 December 2015.
  • Credit card contributions should not be sent to Rotary’s Lockbox Addresses below; rather they should be done online at to ensure timely recording or fax them to 847-328-5260.
Note:For security purposes, please do not send credit card contributions electronically, rather fax them to 847-328-5260.  You can also make contributions over the phone by calling 866-976-8279 during regular business hours.
Mail (least preferred):
Sending credit card information by mail is less secure and slower than contributing on-line.
Note: Contributions mailed at the end of December 2015 intended as early gifts for January 2016 will be treated as December 2015 gifts. It is best to begin mailing January 2016 gifts in the month of January. 
Both the postmark on the envelope and the date written on the check must be no later than Thursday, 31 December 2015 and received by Friday, 8 January 2016  
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Wire transfers:
Must be initiated prior to Thursday, 31 December 2015 and received by Monday, 4 January 2016.
Must be received in The Rotary Foundation’s gifted securities account by Thursday, 31 December 2015.  Stock Transfer Instructions
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Posted by Amy Kapostasy on Jul 09, 2015

This excerpt from the July issue of The Rotarian magazine profiles the 2015-16 RI president.

Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.

Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.

One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”

For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy.

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Posted by Brenda Piraino

Mentor Rotarians went Back to School!
This past Monday with the diligence of President Lisa, the support from some our Rotarians, Kevin Newcomb, Jack Butler, Doug Grose, John Solich, Linda Clements, Vickie Curtis, Denis Nowacki, John Konrad, Doug Anderson, Dave Noble, Fred LaRiccia and Brenda Piraino arrived at Mentor High School promptly at 7:30AM. No tardy slips given out here. We were able to speak and raise the awareness of our Bone Marrow program to the Class of 2010 of 600 plus graduates. With the guidance of Melissa Kirby, MH organizer for this event we were able to obtain over 70 potential donors for the National Bone Marrow Registry. President Lisa already has plans underway to enhance our partnership with Mentor Public Schools and Lake Catholic to increase on-site recruitment and engage the larger community in the commitment of Mentor Rotary's mission with the power to help save lives. Kudos to President Lisa with this project!
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Posted by Doug Anderson

The Rotary Club of Mentor donated funding for the construction of a school for special needs children in the Dominican Republic. The school was completed in March of 2010. Kudos to our Club President, Lisa Dimberio-Nelson for her stewardship of this project. Thanks also to all the donors & volunteers that put forth the money and fund raising efforts to complete this project.
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Posted by Doug Anderson
Mentor Rotarians help special kids once a month build a variety of woodworking projects. Through the dedication and generosity of Mentor Rotarians, the participants can prep, assemble, and paint a ready made project to take home. Please join us for the next woodworking project @ Broadmore School. Look for the sign up sheet at our luncheon meetings or check the events calendar on the website.
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Posted by Doug Anderson
Mentor Rotarians again enjoyed a wonderful day with special students from Mentor & surrounding areas. See link at bottom to view article from The News-Herald. Make sure you check out the photo journal link on the right side of our home page.
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