November - 2007
2007-08 Williamsburg Rotary and The Rotary International Foundations
As we embark on our 2007-2008 year of giving and community support, we wanted to take the opportunity to outline the two fundraising efforts within the Rotary Club of Williamsburg and explain the differences. Each member will receive a memo with his or her personalized contribution level highlighted on page two.
WILLIAMSBURG ROTARY FOUNDATION
First, as you saw in the Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (local fund) report submitted by Bill Kaufmann earlier this month, our Club endowment is projected to reach $115,000 by the end of the year! Gift leaders have increased to 27. These monies provide financial aid and assistance in the form of grants, scholarships and donations to local community projects and organizations such as:
Your donations to the Williamsburg Rotary Foundation are made through your quarterly dues statement and through other arrangements you have made with the board members of our local foundation. Per suggestions from our recent survey, we will schedule a program where the grant recipients for 2008 will visit our club to discuss how they used the funds. Tom Bowe is now processing applications for the 2008 Williamsburg Rotary Foundation grants.
THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
Regarding the Rotary International Foundation, as Rotarians, we also have a responsibility to perpetuate and grow the Rotary ethos of “Service above Self” through donations and support of Rotary International. The Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow program (international fund) recognizes anyone who contributes $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund or has that amount contributed in their name. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, pin, and medallion. There are distinct recognitions for each additional $1000 level achieved above the first $1000.
Contributions to Rotary International Foundation funds enable Rotarians to carry out humanitarian and educational projects around the world, such as the bridge building project described in last Thursday’s program. Additional projects emphasize eradication of Polio, medical assistance and improvement of water supplies – all for those less fortunate than us.
For Paul Harris credit, International Foundation donors may direct their gifts to two main funds: the Annual Programs Fund, which supports the Foundation’s humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs worldwide and the PolioPlus Fund.
As for the Rotary International Fund (aka Paul Harris Program), as of October 9th and over our 83 year history, the Williamsburg Rotary Club has had 77 Paul Harris Fellows, past and present, contributing $152,680.03. The current breakdown of the Williamsburg Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) standings are:
Over ½ of our club members (57.6%) have not yet achieved Paul Harris Fellowship. We do have three members at the PHF+3, 4 and 5 levels respectively and thank them for their continuing support. From our Club alone, our 86 active members have contributed $100,329.00. If each of us aspired to the next level, our club would raise $52,671.00 by the end of the fiscal year.
As we begin our 2007-2008 fundraising efforts, please consider how much good your contributions do for our club, community and major causes like polio eradication, scholarships and much more. We are kicking off the Rotary International fundraising efforts much earlier in the year in order to achieve a fund goal of $15,000.
If you are interested in participating in fundraising advisory committee, please either Bobby Hornsby or Bob Tubbs. Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. We are truly excited and hopeful about achieving this aggressive goal…your support is critical and very much appreciated.
Payment Methods (The Rotary Foundation’s tax identification number is 36-3245072)
Make your check payable to The Rotary Foundation and include your Rotary member ID (6497019) on the check. You can give your checks to Bobby Hornsby or Bob Tubbs at the weekly meetings or mail them to:
4040 Colonial Crescent
Williamsburg, VA 23188
2. Credit card
To make a contribution with your credit card, complete the Credit Card Contribution Form at https://riweb.rotaryintl.org/donor_xml/contributionmenu.asp. You will need your email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rotary District 7600, Club 5848, and your Rotary membership ID which is 6497019.
3. Tangible Personal Property
Gifts of tangible personal property, such as jewelry or artwork, are given careful consideration on a case-by-case basis. The Rotary Foundation’s general guidelines specify that gifts of jewelry be worth at least $10,000 and gifts of artwork be valued at a minimum of $25,000. Gifts must also be accompanied by a written proposal, which must include a qualified appraisal, photograph, and supporting materials, such as authentication papers. If you’re interested in making a gift of tangible personal property, contact the Gift Administration department via email at email@example.com call 1-866-976-8279.
4. Appreciated Securities
Contributing appreciated securities to The Rotary Foundation may benefit you in two ways:
· You may avoid paying capital gains taxes
· You may receive a charitable tax deduction
Stocks can be transferred either electronically or by mail. Detailed instructions are available for residents of the United States. Do not mail stock certificates to the Foundation’s post office box. If you’re interested in making a gift of appreciated securities, contact the Gift Administration department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org call 1-866-976-8279.
Don’t forget to see if your business offers a matching fund program!
On behalf of the entire Rotary Club, we thank you for your support. Of course, all Rotary donations are tax deductible.
Bob Tubbs & Bobby Hornsby
Rotary International Fundraising Committee