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The mission of The Rotary Foundation 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.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Every amount contributed to The Rotary Foundation is spent in support of humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and their operations. Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out worthy projects worldwide including our own Rotary Club of Erie Haiti Literacy Project.

Giving to The Foundation is a financially sound way to help others. Here are the programs supported by The Foundation:

  • PolioPlus
  • PolioPlus Partners
  • Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants
  • Matching Grants
  • District Simplified Grants
  • Volunteer Service Grants
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowships
  • Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Rotary Grants for University Teachers
  • Group Study Exchange (GSE)
Ways to Give
  • Outright Contributions - simply see our Foundation Chairperson. An added benefit to using our "in-house" giving is that all the paperwork is done for you. You will receive all due recognition for your contribution.
  • Planned Giving - Life Income Agreements, Charitable Bequests, Life Insurance. 
  • TRF Direct - Use the form found under Downloads on the home page to authorize The Foundation to debit your credit card or checking/savings account. You save time, effort, checks and they count toward all recognition programs.
Find out more detailed information here and other ways to give like online giving and the RI Credit Card. 

Donor Recognition
The Rotary Foundation provides many opportunities for donors to express their commitment to Rotary's work or to honor a friend or family member through a named or endowed gift.

  • Sustaining Member - Anyone who contributes US$100 or more per year to the Annual Programs Fund is automatically recognized as a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member.
  • Paul Harris Fellows - Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows
  • Benefactor - You may become a Benefactor by making the Permanent Fund a beneficiary in your estate plans or by donating $1,000 or more to the fund outright.
  • Major Donor - The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals whose combined personal outright or cumulative giving has reached $10,000. All outright contributions made to the Foundation are included in this total, regardless of the gift designation.
  • Bequest Society - Couples or individuals who have made commitments of $10,000 or more in their estate plans, such as in a will, living trust, or through whole or universal life insurance, can become Bequest Society members.
  • Naming Opportunities - A named gift is an outright contribution of $11,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund that provides immediate funding for a program. One hundred percent of the gift is spent on a designated program in that given year.
  • Arch C. Klumph Society - Donors whose cumulative gifts total $250,000 or more will become members of the Arch C. Klumph Society and have their photos displayed permanently in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery at RI headquarters.
More detaiked information about Individual Recognition and levels of giving can be found here.