Clear vision, proper ethics strengthen Foundation’s future
Rotary Foundation Trustee Vice Chair Mark Daniel Maloney spoke about stewardship and proper reporting on Foundation programs during the sixth plenary session at the 2008 International Assembly.
Rotary’s leaders will impact the future success of The Rotary Foundation, keynote speakers Past RI Director Ray Klinginsmith and Foundation Trustee Vice Chair Mark Daniel Maloney told incoming district governors at the International Assembly.
Klinginsmith opened the sixth plenary session by highlighting the concepts of the Foundation’s Future Vision Plan .
“The Future Vision Plan is going to move us into the Foundation’s second century of service in a simpler and streamlined method of operation,” said Klinginsmith.
The plan aims to
- Simplify Foundation programs and sharpen the focus on measurability.
- Balance program options between those with global goals and those with local objectives.
- Increase the sense of ownership among districts and clubs by transferring more decisions to the districts.
Governors-elect are the “bidders and builders” for the new models of the plan, Klinginsmith said. “It’s an opportunity to unleash the creativity of Rotarians in your respective districts.”
Proper stewardship leads to Foundation success
Maloney reminded governors-elect that the Foundation’s “outstanding reputation” is based on the integrity of Rotarians. When using Foundation funds, it’s the leader’s duty to ensure proper stewardship, he said.
“Reporting by Rotarians is the backbone of stewardship for humanitarian grants,” Maloney said. He noted that concerns about irregular reporting in some districts led the Trustees to revise the grant process and procedures. The Trustees shortened the time periods for providing the information needed for completion of grant applications and also set minimum reporting standards for districts.
Proper stewardship is also crucial to the success of the Foundation’s educational and PolioPlus programs, Maloney said, asking incoming governors to be vigilant. “As district governors, you are the principal guardians of the Foundation’s reputation.”