Individual Donor Recognition

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The Rotary Foundation offers several ways to recognise Rotarians and friends for their generous support.

Naming opportunities

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.

Sustaining Member

Anyone who contributes* US$100 or more per year to the Annual Programs Fund is automatically recognised 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.

The Centurion Plan

The Centurion Plan is our District's easy way of getting into the habit of making an annual personal, tax deductible* contribution to The Rotary Foundation for as long as we are able.

Read more about The Centurion Plan


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.

Bequest Society

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 recognised as Paul Harris Fellows.

More information on Paul Harris Fellow recognition

Major Donor

The Rotary Foundation recognises 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.  Donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant.

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 Rotary International headquarters. 

Download the Arch C. Klumph Society brochure

What to expect after your gift

The Rotary Foundation will

  • Send receipts and letters of appreciation for all gifts
  • Honour 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