Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.


When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of $1,000 or more in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

Paul Harris Fellow

When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name.  PHF Members receive a certificate and a Pin for achieving this level of donation.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow

When you give additional gifts of $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. PHF + 1 through 5 receive a ruby pin with an additional stone.  When a Rotarian reaches PHF + 6 they will receive a pin with one Sapphire,  PHF + 7 receives a pin with 2 sapphires and PHF + 8 receives a pin with 3 sapphires, a PHF + 8 is the highest level of Paul Harris Fellow.

Paul Harris Society member

When you elect to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. When a Rotarian becomes a Paul Harris Society member, they receive a “chevron” or ribbon that can be attached to the back of a Rotary pin.

Bequest Society

When you make a commitment for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society.

  • $10,000: Bequest Society pin and an exclusive art piece suitable for framing
  • $25,000: Rotary’s Promise crystal and named endowed fund, plus all of the above
  • $50,000: Separate named endowed funds directed to two areas of focus or districts, plus all of the above
  • $100,000: Customized Rotary’s Promise crystal, plus all of the above
  • $250,000: Posthumous induction into the Arch Klumph Society, plus all of the above
  • $500,000: Special seating and registration benefits at the Rotary International Convention, plus all of the above

Major Donor

When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:

  • Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
  • Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
  • Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999

Arch Klumph Society

When your cumulative donations reach $250,000. Recognition includes an induction ceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. You also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at the following levels. Learn more about the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Trustees Circle: $250,000 to $499,999
  • Chair’s Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
  • Foundation Circle: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
  • Platinum Trustees Circle: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
  • Platinum Chair’s Circle: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
  • Platinum Foundation Circle: $10,000,000 and above

Legacy Society

When you promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment, you’ll be listed in Rotary’s annual report and invited to exclusive Rotary International and Foundation events. Legacy Society members also receive special recognition items and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members.

 Most Rotary Foundation recognitions are administered through the Foundation; however, the Paul Harris Society is administered through the District Paul Harris Society Chair, who is notified by the Rotary Foundation, along with the Club President.  The chair will work with the club president to arrange the presentation at a club meeting to be presented by the District Governor, a Past District Governor or someone designated by the club President.

Bequest Society and Major Donor recognitions are sent to the District Governor or the Rotarian that receives the horror,  These sort of recognitions should be presented by the district Governor whenever possible or their designated representative and should be made a district Event or club meeting.

 Other Donor Recognitions are sent to the club president or club Rotary Foundation chair.  The honor can be presented by either of these individuals or a district Official if arranged in advance.

Spring Forward with the May 1 District Assembly!

REGISTER NOW for the morning of Saturday, May 1, for a fast paced, hands-on “how to“ Zoom morning at District Assembly.

Join fellow Rotarians as we explore topics such as:

Improving club communications;

Working with social media;

Applying for grants and organizing a PolioPlus campaign;

Incorporating tech into meetings;

Entering and editing data in DACdb;

Conducting New Member Orientations;

Registering for a “My Rotary” account and entering goals;

International Service Opportunities for 2021-2022.
Our GOAL: we want club and district leaders to have the knowledge and tools they need for success in the upcoming year!


If you missed the Rotary Town Hall with IL Dept of Public Health Director Dr. Ezike, you can watch it HERE.


April 7: On Fire for Rotary-Conversation with Heart of America Innovative Club Advocates

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April 12: How to do Great Orientations

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April 13: Women in Rotary Speaker Series with Dana Vogelmeier

There is a speaker each month, starting in April and ending in September. Click here for info!

April 21: PDG Sylvia Whitlock - You've got to the carefully taught!

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April 28: Connecting the World with Rotary with Gay Mahoney (Rotary International First Lady, 2019-2020)

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May 15: 2020-2021 Award Nominations Open!

Information available May 15!

June 27: Installation of 2021-2022 District & Club Officers

More information available soon!
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