Personal Giving to the Rotary Foundation

Many Rotarians make personal donations to charities, perhaps to personal passion causes or as part of a family tradition of giving.  When it comes to charitable giving, the Rotary Foundation has much to commend it and it forms a major part of what it means to be a Rotarian.
Personal giving allows the Rotary Foundation to continue its work in an array of amazing and life-changing projects such as eradicating polio, eliminating malaria in Zambia, fostering the health of mothers and babies in Nigeria, significantly reducing rates of cervical cancer in Egypt, supporting peace education and positive peace initiatives, and many other large, medium and small sized projects in every part of the world and in all of the Foundation’s areas of focus.
Examples of the impact of donations include:
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
We urge all Rotarians to consider a personal donation to the Rotary Foundation every year.  Whatever the personal circumstances or ability to give, Rotarians know that every donation is valued and every dollar is put work within Rotary’s extensive portfolio of projects and causes in order to “Do Good in the World”.
The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the world's most effective and well-managed charitable organizations and Rotarians are the major donors.
The D9815 Person Giving Team
For assistance with personal giving please contact one of the following District Foundation Team members:
EREY and Centurion – John Poke
Polio Plus – David Grieve
Paul Harris Society – Greg King
Endowment, Major Gifts, Bequests – John Poke
Contact details for each member of the personal giving team can be found through the D9815 website or through the Club Runner app. 
Recognition of Personal Giving
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. The Foundation expresses gratitude for giving commitments through individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable a donor to honour a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.
Every Rotarian Every Year
A recognition for gifts between USUS$25 and USUS$99
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member
When you give US$100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.
Paul Harris Fellow
Donations of USUS$1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant are recognised with a PHF. To recognise someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, a transfer of recognition points is required.  Learn more about Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
Every a additional gift of USUS$1,000 to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant is recognised with a sapphire pin (2 to 6 PHFs) or a ruby pin (7 to 9 PHFs).
Paul Harris Society Member
A commitment to contribute USUS$1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant is recognised with membership of the Paul Harris Society. Learn more about the Paul Harris Society.
When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of US$1,000 or more in your estate plans or when you donate US$1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Major Donor
When your cumulative donations reach US$10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:
  • Level 1: US$10,000 to US$24,999
  • Level 2: US$25,000 to US$49,999
  • Level 3: US$50,000 to US$99,999
  • Level 4: US$100,000 to US$249,999
Arch Klumph Society
When your cumulative donations reach US$250,000. Recognition includes an induction ceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. You also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at the following levels. Learn more about the Arch Klumph Society.
  • Trustees Circle: US$250,000 to US$499,999
  • Chair’s Circle: US$500,000 to US$999,999
  • Foundation Circle: US$1,000,000 to US$2,499,999
  • Platinum Trustees Circle: US$2,500,000 to US$4,999,999
  • Platinum Chair’s Circle: US$5,000,000 to US$9,999,999
  • Platinum Foundation Circle: US$10,000,000 and above
Exchange Rates
Each month, Rotary International sets its official exchange rate, which applies for the whole of that month. The exchange rate applies to both donations and grants. To find the current exchange rate, go to