Recognition

Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment and offer individual and club recognition, as well as naming opportunities that let you honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.

Individual recognition

  • Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, when you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.
  • Benefactor, when you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
  • Paul Harris Fellow, when you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. You are recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with each additional gift of $1,000.
  • Paul Harris Society member, when you give $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.
  • Bequest Society member, when you give $10,000 or more via your estate plans. All society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and donors can choose to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:
    • Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
    • Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
    • Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
    • Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999
    • Level 5: $250,000 to $499,999
    • Level 6: $500,000 to $999,999
    • Level 7: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
    • Level 8: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
    • Level 9: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
    • Level 10: $10,000,000 and above
  • Major Donor, when your cumulative donations reach $10,000. You can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:
    • Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
    • Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
    • Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
    • Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999
  • Arch Klumph Society, when your cumulative giving reaches $250,000. We will invite you to an induction ceremony at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA and include your picture and biography in the Arch C. Klumph Society interactive gallery. You will also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at these levels:
    • Trustees Circle: $250,000 to $499,999
    • Chair’s Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
    • Foundation Circle: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
    • Platinum Trustees Circle: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
    • Platinum Chair’s Circle: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
    • Platinum Foundation Circle: $10,000,000 and above

Club banner recognition 

  • 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club, for clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. This is a one-time recognition.
  • 100% Paul Harris Society Club, for clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or global grants within a Rotary year
  • 100% Foundation Giving Club, for clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes to The Rotary Foundation, and the average contribution is at least $100 to any Rotary Foundation gift designation
  • Every Rotarian, Every Year/Sustaining Club, for clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes at least $100 to the Annual Fund
  • Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving, for the three clubs in each district that give the most, per capita, to the Annual Fund. Clubs that give at least $50 per capita are eligible.

Named gift opportunities

With an endowed or term gift, you can apply a specific name to your donation. Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, while a portion of their earnings are spent on a designated program. Term gifts are spent in their entirety on a specific program over an agreed period of time.

Endowment naming opportunities

  • $1 million or more: Fund established in consultation with the donor
  • $500,000 or more: Fund that includes a specific area of focus and location
  • $250,000 or more: Fund that specifies the participating district
  • $25,000 or more: Fund that includes a general area of focus
  • $25,000 or more: Fund designated to the World Fund or SHARE

Term global grants naming opportunities

  • $30,000: One-time gift designated to an area of focus and may be district specific
  • $15,000: One-time gift designated to an area of focus and available worldwide

Rotary Peace Centers endowment opportunities

  • $1.5 million: One two-year fellow at a Rotary Peace Center every year
  • $1 million: One two-year fellow at a Rotary Peace Center every two years
  • $1 million: A visiting lecturer at a Rotary Peace Center every year
  • $750,000: One two-year fellow every three years
  • $500,000: One two-year fellow at a Rotary Peace Center every four years
  • $250,000: General support to the Rotary Peace Centers at Arch Klumph Society level
  • $250,000: One certificate program fellow every year
  • $100,000: Annual seminar at a Rotary Peace Center every year
  • $25,000 and up: General support to the Rotary Peace Centers endowment

Rotary Peace Centers term gift opportunities

  • $75,000: A term two-year Rotary Peace Fellow at a Rotary Peace Center
  • $75,000: Up to 10 applied field internships or research projects for a class of fellows at a Rotary Peace Center
  • $60,000: One year of funding for five certificate program fellows
  • $10,000: General support of the program

Resources & reference

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