More than half of Rotary districts apply for Future Vision pilot
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Throughout the Rotary world, districts want to be part of The Rotary Foundation Future Vision Plan pilot.
By the 15 May deadline, 277 districts had filed an application, more than half the 529 districts that will exist as of 1 July 2010.
About 100 districts will be chosen to participate in the pilot.
The selected districts will help test a new Foundation grant structure. To streamline the grant-making process, the plan will offer only two grant types: Rotary Foundation District Grants and Rotary Foundation Global Grants. It also will promote strategic partnerships and refine the district Rotary Foundation committee structure.
The Future Vision pilot will begin on 1 July 2010 and run through 30 June 2013. The Foundation will use feedback from the pilot districts to refine the plan before it is implemented globally in 2013-14.
Pilot districts obtained the approval of at least two-thirds of their clubs to participate. The 2010-11 pilot district governors and Foundation committee chairs will complete mandatory training in 2009-10, which will help prepare the districts for their direct role in managing Foundation grant funds. All districts will receive training on the Future Vision Plan in 2012-13.
Look for Future Vision updates
Opportunities will exist for pilot and nonpilot districts to continue to partner on some Foundation programs and grants during the three-year pilot. Look for updates on the Future Vision pilot at www.rotary.org.
In July, the Foundation will offer a free Future Vision newsletter for anyone interested in learning more about the plan. Registration for the newsletter will be available online in the next few weeks.