Rotary Foundation Has Four Star Charity Rating

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Nov 252013

logo_charity_navigator_1Did you know the Rotary Foundation received four out of four possible stars from Charity Navigator? Charity Navigator is the leading charity ranking organization in the world. They study each charity to determine what percentage of dollars contributed go directly to programs.

In some cases, more than half of the monies contributed to charities go to administrative expenses and fluff. When you give to the Rotary Foundation, you can be confident that your dollars are being spent directly on the causes you intended to support, a claim that has been independently verified and rated by Charity Navigator.

Follow this link to check out Charity Navigator’s statistics for the Rotary Foundation:, and feel confident that when you give to the Foundation, your monies are being used wisely.

Do You Know the History of the Rotary Foundation?

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Nov 042013

foundationAt the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.


In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.


From the Rotary International website

Matching Points Program for New Paul Harris Society Members

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Nov 022013

The first fifteen new PHS members who sign up before the end of the year will each receive 1,000 points as a thank-you for their commitment of continuing support – thus increasing their Paul Harris status by one immediately.

Paul Harris Society Members  2013-2014 

239 Active members

61 of 79 clubs with PHS Members

120 renewals 2013-2014

10 new members 2013-2014

The New Paul Harris Society Members since the last newsletter is: 

Area 9: 

randy hollister

Randy Hollister Pawley’s Island

For more information on the PHS and/or ROTARY DIRECT contact

David Tirard – DavidTirard(at)aol(dot)com

Nov 012013
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November is Rotary Foundation Month and it is a good opportunity to review your personal commitment to The Rotary Foundation and its programs. If you have not already made your personal contribution to the Foundation this Rotary year, please support our Foundation by making a contribution before the end of November.

If you are not a Paul Harris Society Member, please consider becoming one. Remember, it is only $84 per month if you contribute through ROTARY DIRECT. Check with David Tirard (davidtirard(at)aol(dot)com; 843-757-1956) if you have questions.

If you are financially able to, please consider becoming a Major Donor. Contact Jaime Moore (jaime_moore(at)bellsouth(dot)net; 843-408-5419) for information on the different ways to reach Major Donor status. One easy way that may have tax benefits is to donate appreciated stock. The table below also highlights several different ways of giving to the Foundation.

ways to give to the foundation


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