President's Message NOVEMBER 2015
November is Rotary Foundation Month
It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation
sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure
these programs continue.
Our Rotary Foundation sponsors a broad range of Educational and Humanitarian
programs that save and change lives here and abroad: Group Study Exchange
(GSE), Ambassadorial Scholars, Polio Eradication, District Matching Grants and
Health/Hunger & Humanity (3H) Grants, to name a few. These programs are the
lifeblood of Rotary, creating world peace and understanding through the lives
touched by the programs. Ask any past GSE team leader or any Rotarian who has
visited/worked on an international project about the difference made by these
programs… there are many wonderful stories of saved and changed lives around
Our contributions to The Rotary Foundation fund these Rotary programs. While
our Foundation is quite healthy (one of the largest Foundations in the world),
there is so much more we need to do. Your annual contribution and/or a
contribution to the Foundation permanent fund (through a major gift or
benefactor contribution) fuels our Rotary programs. A contribution to the
Foundation is one of the best investments you can make with nearly 100% going
to Rotary programs that save and change lives.
I encourage each of you to learn more about The Rotary Foundation and make a
contribution to continue saving and changing lives. These programs work
and are a great investment for a better and safer world.
The mission of The
Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding,
goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of
education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most
prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.
This year’s top
distinction is the Foundation’s eight in a row, which places the Foundation in
the top 2 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation,
Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote, “Receiving four out
of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good
governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical
activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Rotary Foundation from
its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” Thatcher
eClub One, "The Club that never sleeps".