November was Rotary Foundation Month. Diane Donaher, District 7430 Area 2 Foundation Coordinator, presented an overview of the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Diane Donaher gave a great overview of The Rotary Foundation(TRF)-November's Rotary area of focus. She outlined the history of TRF starting out with a $26.50 endowment by Arch Klumph in 1917 which set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. TRF is not for profit supported by our voluntary contributions which turns those gifts into service projects throughout the world. TRF makes judicious use of the gifts with 100% financial performance metrics and has continuously received the highest-four star rating-from Charity Navigator.
The Rotary Foundation has had 6 areas of focus:
1. Building Peace & Conflict Resolution
2. Disease Prevention & Treatment
3. Maternal & Child Health
4. Community & Economic Development
5. Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
6. Basic Education & Literacy
And a new area of focus:
7. Supporting the Environment!
There are three funds: 1. Annual Fund (primary) 2. Endowment Fund 3. Polio Plus. The efforts of TRF can be found from Bethlehem to Mumbai, India and beyond. Individual Rotarian Recognition can start as a sustaining member at $100 each year. A Paul Harris Fellow is achieved at $1000, and multiple Paul Harris Fellows up to level 9. Please consider making your yearly contribution now or starting on the path as a sustaining member.
Please contact Tom Hartzell or President John with questions or requests for more information. You can make your contribution directly to RI online or you can mail your contribution to Tom before December 15, 2020 for a 2020 tax deduction.
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Special thanks to Pete Mickolay for input.