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The Paul Harris Fellowship
is named after Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International, who formed the world's first service club in Chicago in 1905. His intention was to capture the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth and to "do good in the world". In 1917 an endowment was established which became the Rotary Foundation that today supports our goal of advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace. To become a Paul Harris Fellow, donors need to contribute $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund -- or people who have that amount contributed in their name -- can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. Today, the Westport Rotary Club is proud to count in it's membership 44 Paul Harris Fellows who have contributed a cumulative total of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Society
recognizes members who contribute $1000 or more per year
The Rotary Foundation offers several ways to recognize Rotarians and friends for their generous support.
A named gift is an outright contribution to Annual Programs Fund that provides immediate funding for a program. One hundred percent of the gift is spent on a designated program in that given year.
Anyone who contributes US$100 or more per year to the Annual Programs Fund is automatically recognized as a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member.
Sustaining Members are critical to the Foundation. If every club member contributed $100 every year, Rotary could nearly double its efforts to help needy people worldwide and support the continued growth of its programs.
All gifts cumulatively count toward other Foundation recognition programs.
You may become a Benefactor by making the Permanent Fund a beneficiary in your estate plans or by donating $1,000 or more to the fund outright.
Couples or individuals who have made commitments of $10,000 or more in their estate plans, such as in a will, living trust, or through whole or universal life insurance, can become Bequest Society members.
All Bequest Society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin. You must ask to become a Bequest Society member by filling out a form.
Paul Harris Fellow
Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.
The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals whose combined personal outright or cumulative giving has reached $10,000. All outright contributions made to the Foundation are included in this total, regardless of the gift designation.
Arch C. Klumph Society
Donors whose cumulative gifts total $250,000 or more will become members of the Arch C. Klumph Society and have their photos displayed permanently in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery at RI headquarters.
What to expect after your gift
The Rotary Foundation will
- Send receipts and letters of appreciation for all gifts
- Honor requests for privacy (if a donor wishes to remain anonymous, the Foundation must be notified when the gift is made)
- Subtract the fair market value of recognition items from receipts when required to do so by U.S. law
- Acknowledge major gift pledges at their full value when written documentation and an initial gift payment are received