November is Rotary Foundation Month
Many people decide to become a member of Rotary because they see in this organization a real opportunity to live out the motto of “service above self.” They are seeking truly meaningful ways to give back to their community. Rotary provides many such opportunities, in particular, through five avenues of service: club service, vocational service, community service, international service and youth service.
Through these avenues Rotarians give of their time and resources in support of efforts from the local level to globally in order to change people’s lives for the better. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is the funding mechanism by which Rotarians are able to collectively make a significant impact in the world.
In 2016 the Foundation celebrated 100 years of existence. Beginning with a donation of $26.50, TRF now has a net worth of just over $1 billion and was named the World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Your donation to TRF goes to support the many existing programs of Rotary International, improving health and education, and promoting peace and economic development throughout the world. Some of those dollars also return to us locally to be used as matching grants for our own club’s projects, such as our donation for learning materials this year for the CPS Title I program. As we recognize the Foundation in the month of November, all Rotarians are encouraged to commit to making a $100 per year donation, or as much as they are able, as another avenue for service above self.