The Rotary Foundation's Vision for the Future

One Million Paul Harris Fellows - May 2006

Dear Amigos,
We need 10,000 new Paul Harris Fellows for The Rotary Foundation to reach the milestone of naming its one millionth Paul Harris Fellow.

By putting our hearts and minds together with our philanthropy, we can reach one million Paul Harris Fellows — and reach our worldwide Annual Programs Fund goal of US$105 million by 30 June 2006.

I urge you to Create Awareness and Take Action in your Rotary clubs to make this happen. Clubs seeking to name new Paul Harris Fellows should take action now. Contribute today to become a Paul Harris Fellow.

Contribute to name as a Paul Harris Fellow your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, a special friend, a family member, or a prominent member of your community.

Recognize all of the Paul Harris Fellows at your district conferences and assemblies, as well as at the presidential changeover ceremonies this year, and reflect on the good works of our Rotary Foundation.

Since the first Paul Harris Fellow was named in 1957, each US$1,000 Paul Harris Fellow contribution has significantly helped our Foundation accomplish the following:
· 37,000 Ambassadorial Scholars from 110 countries
· 52,000 Group Study Exchange team members from 102 countries
· 180 Rotary World Peace Fellows from 50 countries
· 276 Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants in 74 countries
· 22,000 Matching Grant Projects in 166 countries
· 2 billion children immunized against polio
· 686 Individual Grants projects
· 406 grants for university teachers
· 772 District Simplified Grants in 57 countries

Achieving our one millionth Paul Harris Fellow is a significant way to end this first year of Rotary’s second century of service. Upon reaching this milestone, one new living Paul Harris Fellow will be selected from every zone to represent the one millionth Paul Harris Fellow.

In addition to receiving the Paul Harris Fellow medallion set and certificate, the 34 representatives also will receive a commemorative one millionth Paul Harris Fellow plaque and be featured in Rotary publications and on our Web site.

Take time now to Create Awareness and Take Action , and help us reach our one millionth Paul Harris Fellow by 30 June! Thank you for your ongoing support of our Rotary Foundation.

Your friend and amigo in Mexico City,
Frank J. Devlyn
The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, 2005-06
Rotary International President, 2000-01

Giay Outlines Vision for the Foundation- Feb. 2006

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$55 million contributed in 2002-03. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.

"The Rotary Foundation, which awards grants for humanitarian and educational purposes, needs to be proactive, flexible, visionary, and trustworthy", said its incoming chair, Luis Giay, at Rotary's 2006 International Assembly.

Giay mentioned these characteristics in a speech about the future of the Foundation during Rotary's International Assembly, a training conference for incoming district governors taking place 16-23 February in San Diego, California, USA.

With respect to its short-term future, Giay said the goals for the Foundation in Rotary year 2006-07 are to:
* Focus on eradicating polio (In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary's efforts and those of partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world, have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio).

* Raise the Foundation's profile as an advocate of peace and conflict resolution through partnerships with institutions. (Promoting Rotary's goal of world peace, goodwill, and understanding, The Rotary Foundation's Educational Programs include Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange, and Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, and Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program).

* Encourage Rotarians to donate an average of US$100 each to the Annual Programs Fund and also set a record for major gifts to the Permanent Fund, or endowment fund

* Work with Rotary International to enhance Rotary's public image Improve grassroots training to increase Rotarians' awareness of the Foundation's mission.

* Streamline management of the Foundation's educational and humanitarian programs

* Implement a plan for the future (To help with the latter, the trustees created the Future Vision Committee.)

The committee has consulted experts and surveyed more than 20,000 Rotarians. It is working on a so-called Future Vision Plan for the short, medium, and long term. It will go into effect gradually as of 1 July 2006 and should be fully operational by 30 June 2007, Giay said.

He said the committee wants the Foundation to:
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Take proactive rather than reactive steps to solve problems Serve Rotarians "without piling more work, more paper, more bureaucracy on them"
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Involve Rotarians more in the administration of projects at the district level
* Have the Permanent Fund able to invest more than US$400 million in programs annually by 2015 - almost the equivalent to a PolioPlus program every two years
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Exercise careful stewardship of its funds
* Become a charity of choice for the majority of Rotarians
* Take on new corporate projects and secure financial partners to carry out projects

In addition to outlining the Future Vision Committee's objectives, Giay also described his personal, long-term vision for the Foundation. He said the Foundation should:
* Consolidate programs into four major areas: health, education, environment, and world peace
* Not create more programs, but concentrate instead on supporting and funding Rotarians' service activities
* Play a more important role in preserving peace
* Create "megaprograms," in which "everyone can participate and millions can receive benefits"
* Phase out undesignated contributions and have the Permanent Fund support all the Foundation's annual programs
* Make the Humanitarian Grant Program the "superstar."

The Humanitarian Grants Program of The Rotary Foundation provides grants to Rotary clubs and districts to implement humanitarian projects.

There are several grant types that address different service needs and funding options. The following grants are available to support these endeavors.
* District Simplified Grants: A tool for Rotary districts to support short-term, humanitarian projects that benefit the community.
* Individual Grants: Subsidize travel of individual or small groups for qualified international humanitarian service in Rotary countries for periods up to 60 days.
* Matching Grants: Support international service projects involving Rotary clubs or districts in two or more countries.
* Health, Hunger, and Humanity Grants (3-H): Awarded to fund long-term, self-help, and grassroots development projects which are too large for one club or district to implement on their own.
* Blane Community Immunization Grants: Help clubs and districts in the United States address disease immunizations in their local

He said that by 2010 such programs should represent close to 90 percent of the overall program budget. The other 10 percent would be educational programs, he said. The Humanitarian Grant Program includes Matching Grants; Health, Hunger, and Humanity (3-H) Grants, and the corporate program, which is currently polio eradication.

Presently, humanitarian programs make up 75 percent of the program budget, he said. Under his idea, the amount of money given to educational programs wouldn't shrink; instead the money for humanitarian programs would increase.

* Increase the Foundation's funds by at least 10 percent a year. "In 2007, we will need $150 million and by 2010, $200 million - and these are annual figures," he said.

After Giay finished his speech, Rotarian and RI training leader Allan Jagger took the podium. Jagger said 70 percent of Rotarians do not contribute to the Foundation. He pointed out that Rotarians, not the trustees of the Foundation, decide what types of projects to spend the money on.

"I will let you in on a secret," Jagger said. "There is sufficient money in Rotary to fund every program that the imagination of Rotarians can come up with. The problem is, it's still in the pockets of Rotarians."

Jagger noted that during the next decade or two, a huge transfer of wealth will take place in the developed world as an older generation dies. He urged Rotarians to leave a legacy to the Permanent Fund, a fund in which the corpus is never spent and only the interest is used for Foundation programs.

"My generation is going to be leaving behind many assets, and there are no pockets in shrouds or banks in the sky," he said. "In my culture, to leave a legacy to a charity is a great way to avoid inheritance tax, and it's also a wonderful way to spend your children's inheritance."

After Giay's and Jagger's speeches, Rotarian Bill Patchett offered his opinion. The governor-elect of District 7070 agreed that Rotarians should get out their checkbooks. "We're retired and semi-retired and we lead a good life. So it's up to us to help those less fortunate," he said. "There's not a Rotarian that could not afford to do something."

 

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